There has been no secret made of Jose Mourinho's distant relationship with Andre Villas-Boas since the latter decided to go into management, but Mourinho revealed that he has called his former protege to lift his spirit.
"I spoke with Andre in the last six months; I spoke with him three times," the 50-year-old is reported as saying. "One in that manager's meeting [at the start of the season], one when we played against them and another one a couple of days ago.
"I didn't speak about [the sacking]. 'Come on. The world didn't finish. Let's go. Tomorrow's another day and another job will come. So, happy Christmas'."
When asked if he was shocked by the decision, Mourinho added: "In football nothing surprises me. When they gave him three or four or five years contract, I think they did it because they trust him and because they think he's the right man to be their manager.
"They have a couple of bad results, I don't think it's a reason to change the trust and to change the manager. Every case is a different case. I don't know what was going on."
Tottenham, who currently sit on the 7th position in the league table had played 16 Premier League matches under Villas Boas this season and had won eight times, drew three times and lost five times.
However their record in the Europa League was far better with six wins out of six.
Christmas is still a few days away but already Premier League managers are piling up on the scrapheap for their clubs.
Less than a week after Tottenham Hotspur axed Andre Villas-Boas and West Bromwich Albion sent Steve Clarke packing, Cardiff City's Malky Mackay had on Friday reportedly been told by Malaysian owner Vincent Tan to resign or be sacked.
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