Football news - Premier League managers react to Jose's Spurs appointment
Live football news coverage with all your Premier League build-up and reaction to Jose Mourinho being the Tottenham Hotspur boss.
- Spanish giants chase new Arsenal captain Aubameyang - Euro Papers
- The Warm-Up: 'Humble' Jose hints at title push - but can he back up big talk?
- Mourinho eyes Ibra reunion at Spurs - Paper Round
- Solskjaer relaxed at Man Utd despite Pochettino availability
- Klopp sweating on Salah fitness ahead of Palace trip
- Zidane defends Bale after 'Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order' flag criticism
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22:30 - PSG win as Dortmund battle to 3-3 draw
20:02 - Pep's praise for Lampard
"For English football it's great when young English guys take over. He (Lampard) is perfect for English football," said Guardiola.
"He has been a manager for a year-and-a-half and I am a little longer because I am a little older but he has his future in his hands.
"From my experience, experience doesn't count much. I would say that when you know the club it is a good advantage and Lampard knows Chelsea perfectly and everything behind the scenes - media, fans, players - so that is good."
Slightly off the topic, but check out Mason Mount's throwback video below - top corner...
18:25 - Mariano's cheeky dig at Bale
All a bit of fun...
17:04 - Taison 'had to be held accountable for reaction to abuse'
Ukrainian soccer's governing body has defended its decision to hand Shakhtar Donetsk's Taison a one-match ban, saying the Brazilian midfielder needed to be held accountable for his reaction to racist abuse from the crowd.
Taison, 31, made a gesture towards Dynamo Kiev fans and kicked the ball into the stands after hearing the abuse during Shakhtar's 1-0 win this month. The player was shown a red card for the incident.
"Why it was important to hold the player accountable for such behaviour? Because the gesture... was also broadcast on TV," Igor Gryshchuk, secretary of control and disciplinary committee of the Ukrainian Association of Football (UAF), said on Friday.
"We understand that the player addressed it to the stalls only and to the fans who expressed certain emotions against him - but those who watched the game on TV, including the children, could not perceive the gesture in a proper way.
"In any case, this behaviour and reaction deserved a red card, referee did a right thing when he used it, in our opinion. That's why the player had to be held accountable."
Dynamo Kiev's Viktor Tsygankov and Mykola Shaparenko console Shakhtar Donetsk's Taison, who reacts to presumed racist insults.Reuters
16:20 - PL managers on Jose
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: "It is good to have Jose back. Definitely, especially for you guys... For Mauricio, it is always sad when one of your colleagues - a good man - loses his job before Christmas. It is never nice to see."
Jurgen Klopp: "Welcome back Jose. It's nice to have him back, it was desperate, you could see, in the time he was not in!"
Pep Guardiola: "He was many years here in different clubs. Welcome back. An incredible manager and I'm pretty sure he'll do a good job."
Frank Lampard: "We had a couple of messages, just to wish him well in his new role as he has done for me, he's got a good team it will be tough because they have quality players, a quality manager and they have the structure there, they will be a threat without a doubt."
16:14 - Lampard says he'll never do a Jose and join Tottenham
15:57 - Celtic fined
Celtic have been fined 15,000 euros by UEFA for illicit banners and offensive chants by their supporters in their Europa League match against Lazio last month.
Scottish champions Celtic beat the Italian outfit 2-1 at Celtic Park but the game was overshadowed by events off the pitch. A home supporters group displayed signs that read "Brigate Verde" - along with a white star - which bore a resemblance to Italian left-wing organisation Brigate Rosse.
Another flag depicted Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini hanging with the slogan "Follow Your Leader." UEFA rules prohibit "provocative messages that are of a political, ideological, religious or offensive nature". UEFA's control, ethics and disciplinary body also hit Lazio with a fine of 10,000 euros for offensive chanting.
15:45 - Lampard: I wouldn't manage Spurs
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has said he would not follow in Jose Mourinho's footsteps in taking charge of Tottenham in the future.
Mourinho joked "That was before I was sacked!" after he was asked about going back on his word when taking charge of Spurs - which you can see in the video below.
"I can firmly say no and you can replay that again in 10 years," Lampard said.
"It wouldn't happen, but I think things are different. Jose Mourinho has worked at a lot of football clubs and we have to respect his right to work.
"On the other hand I was here for 13 years as a player, have an absolutely deep feeling for the club, and I obviously went to Man City for a year at the end of my career but Chelsea is certainly something very close to my heart and hence why I'm so proud to manage this club and hence why unfortunately I wouldn't manage Tottenham."
15:20 - Euro papers: Spanish giants chase new Arsenal captain Aubameyang
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is reportedly being pursued by a Spanish giant – despite the striker only being handed the Arsenal captaincy two weeks ago…
14:55 - Pulisic fit for City clash
Chelsea's in-form forward Christian Pulisic has shaken off a hip problem and will be available for Saturday's Premier League game at Manchester City, manager Frank Lampard has confirmed.
Pulisic sustained the injury in Chelsea's 2-0 Premier League victory over Crystal Palace earlier this month and missed the United States' CONCACAF Nations League matches against Canada and Cuba during the international break.
The 21-year-old former Borussia Dortmund player has been in superb form for third-placed Chelsea after a slow start to his career at Stamford Bridge, scoring five goals in his last three league matches.
"He didn't go (to the US camp), he was struggling against Palace. He has been training and is in contention," Lampard told a news conference on Friday.
Winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is a doubt for the match due to a hamstring issue he picked up on international duty with England.
14:25 - Dutch teams to halt play for a minute in racism protest
Play at all professional football matches in the Netherlands will be halted for a minute this weekend to protest against racism, after a match was suspended last week following the abuse of a player.
Players will not move in the first minute of every match in the country's Eredivisie and second-tier First Division, while the message "Racism? Then we won't play" will be shown on all screens and boarding in the stadiums, the Eredivisie said.
"We want to raise attention to the abuse in the stands and discrimination on the field in the Netherlands," the Eredivisie said.
" We want to remind fans that soccer belongs to everyone, no matter what their cultural background, religion or sexual preference is."
Den Bosch's game against Excelsior Rotterdam was suspended for 10 minutes last Sunday, as the referee took the players off the field after Excelsior forward Ahmad Mendes Moreira was verbally abused by a section of the home fans.
The incident led to outrage throughout the country, with players from the Dutch national team making several public statements against racism before their Euro 2020 qualifier against Estonia on Tuesday.
Netherlands midfielders Georginio Wijnaldum and Frenkie de Jong also gestured to their different skin colours as part of a goal celebration during the match.
Mendes Moreira and Excelsior on Thursday decided to press charges against the group of fans, after prosecutors had said they had opened an investigation into the alleged abuse.
13:45 - Pep: Jose an incredible manager
Man City boss Pep Guardiola has welcomed his managerial rival Jose Mourinho back to the Premier League.
He told reporters: "You know him [Jose Mourinho] better than me. He was many years here in different clubs. welcome back. An incredible manager and I’m pretty sure he’ll do a good job.
"I was a little surprised with Mauricio [Pochettino] because he had done an incredible job and the club was doing better."
"Always the managers when they leave it is to know if the club and team are better than when they take over and I think it happened.
"But decisions are made and there is nothing else to say."
13:20 - Zidane defends Bale over flag criticism
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane defended Gareth Bale from criticism as the fallout continued over the Welshman's decision to celebrate his country's qualification for Euro 2020 with a flag that suggested the club were not top of his priorities.
Bale danced with a flag reading 'Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order' after Wales sealed qualification for their second consecutive European Championships earlier this week.
The forward has struggled to win over critics since arriving in Spain in 2013, despite contributing to four Champions League trophies in that time.
While it all appeared good humoured, the media in the Spanish capital failed to see the funny side and implored the club to sever ties with the player they signed for £85 million six years ago, accusing Bale of a lack of respect.
"There's been a lot of noise about what he did but we need to just focus on football. It's all got a bit too much," Real coach Zidane told a news conference.
"I'm just looking at what he can give us on the pitch, not what's said off it, that doesn't interest me.
" I believe he can become a decisive player for us again. He's an important player when he is injury free; he's shown that before and he will show it again."
Zidane implored the club's fans to rally behind Bale rather than get on his back.
"When you see what he's given to the club and to the fans, those who feel our colours and come to the stadium, you can see he's one of our own and the fans need to get behind him," the Frenchman said.
12:55 - Richards: Liverpool rivalry pushing City on
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Manchester City's rivalry with Liverpool is pushing them to even greater heights but the Premier League champions need European success, says former City and England defender Micah Richards.
Richards anticipates another tense battle to the finish line with Liverpool just like last season.
"They have stabilised the team a lot. I think Klopp's a big part of that," Richards said.
"And what I like a lot about Liverpool is that they are pushing City to be greater.
"When you win things it's because normally someone's pushing you. Healthy rivalry with Liverpool can only be good for Man City.
"Liverpool are a good team, European winners and respect to them. But we have won the Premier League twice in a row.
" In terms of consistency Man City are a better team, we just need to get that last one in Europe now just to show everyone."
Guardiola's team won an unprecedented domestic treble last season but Europe remains the final frontier left to conquer.
City have reached one Champions League semi-final but were knocked out in the quarters by Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in the last two seasons.
12:20 - A late fitness test for Salah
Klopp says he will assess Mohamed Salah today to see if he can play any part against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Salah is currently recovering from an ankle injury which forced him to pull out of African Cup of Nations qualifiers for Egypt.
"Yesterday he trained," the German said. "He has been training the things we want him to do. It's not that he has got worse, it's just that it (the injury) is there still.
" We have to be sensible. I have to see the session today before I make a decision."
11:50 - Klopp welcomes back Jose
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Klopp told reporters: "Welcome back Jose. It’s nice to have him back, it was desperate in the time he was not here.
"On the other side, Mauricio is not there anymore and it shows how quickly things change.
"Five months ago we played each other in the Champions League final. Now he is in holiday, he can enjoy it now.
"He did a brilliant job at Tottenham. He’s an outstanding coach and a great guy, left and right of the game. I really enjoyed the games we played – he was my first game in the Premier League so we have a bit of history.
"Everybody knows that for all the jobs not available and available Mauricio will be in contention. Everything will be fine, but that was a big one.
" I couldn’t really believe it when I first heard it but a couple of hours later they had a solution. I hope he can enjoy the next few weeks because it won’t be long before he is back. And Jose is highly motivated."
11:40 - Euro 2020 play-off draw recap
Iceland v Romania
Bulgaria v Hungary
Winner of Bulgaria-Hungary match will host Path A play-off final.
Bosnia v Northern Ireland
Slovakia v Republic of Ireland
Winner of Bosnia-Northern Ireland match will host Path B play-off final.
Scotland v Israel
Norway v Serbia
Winner of Norway-Serbia match will host the Path C play-off final.
Georgia v Belarus
North Macedonia v Kosovo
Winner of Georgia-Belarus match will host the Path D play-off final.
Playoff semi-finals and finals will be played on March 26 and 31 in 2020 respectively.
11:36 - Wilder welcomes the return of Jose
He said: "The Premier League is 100% a better place for having Mourinho back. And he’ll get a tune out of those world-class players."
" Nothing surprises you in football. But people don’t know what’s going on underneath at any club."
11:25 - That concludes the Euro 2020 play-off draw
The headline here is should Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland both win their semi-finals, they will meet in Belfast to decide who will seal a place at Euro 2020.
11:21 - Path D
The winner of Georgia v Belarus will host the winners of North Macedonia v Kosovo.
11:20 - Path B
The winner of Bosnia-Herzegovina v Northern Ireland will the host winners of Slovakia v Republic of Ireland.
11:16 - Path A
Iceland v Romania and Bulgaria v Hungary. The winner of Bulgaria v Hungary will host the winners of Iceland v Romania.
11:13 - Scotland will host Israel
So in Path C it will be Scotland v Israel and Norway v Serbia. Whoever wins the Norway/Serbia clash will host the Path C final.
11:10 - Euro 2020 play-off draw begins
It's all a bit complicated but basically Northern Ireland could face Republic of Ireland in the Path B final.
There are four paths - A,B,C,D - which all feature a semi-final and a final.
11:00 - King to miss Wolves clash
Bournemouth's Norwegian forward Joshua King will miss Saturday's Premier League encounter against Wolverhampton Wanderers after picking up a hamstring injury on international duty, manager Eddie Howe said on Friday.
King, who has played all 12 league matches for the club this season, sustained the problem in Norway's Euro 2020 qualifying victory over Malta on Monday.
"It's a big blow to lose Joshua. It's a very minor hamstring strain, so it's difficult to judge how long he'll be out, but it may keep him out for a couple of weeks," Howe told reporters.
Winger Ryan Fraser is also a doubt after missing Scotland's qualifying matches against Cyprus and Kazakhstan due to injury.
"We'll make a late call on Ryan, looking at his injury and see how he is ahead of the game," Howe added.
10:40 - More problems for Bolton Wanderers
Bolton Wanderers have been handed a suspended FIVE-point deduction and financial penalties after being found guilty of failing to fulfil their fixtures against Brentford and Doncaster Rovers this year, the English Football League (EFL) has said.
Bolton's final Championship (second tier) match last season against Brentford was postponed and later cancelled after players boycotted the game over unpaid wages.
This season, their fourth League One game against Doncaster in August was postponed as the club, who fielded only three senior players in a game three days earlier, were concerned about the welfare of their younger players.
Bolton, who started this season with a 12-point deduction after going into administration, are bottom of the standings with one point after 14 games and play Accrington Stanley on Saturday.
10:20 - Solskjaer 'not bothered' by Poch's availability
Mauricio Pochettino is expected to attract plenty of interested suitors now he is not tied to any contractGetty Images
So Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked if Mauricio Pochettino now being a free agent makes him fear for his own job. This was the Norwegian's response...
"No, it doesn’t bother me at all. I’ve got the best job in the world.
"If you’re in a job, or if you’re out of a job and you’re a manager, you want this job. It doesn’t really matter whatever happens around.
"I’ve got to focus on my job at Man United and do it as well as I can. I speak with Ed Woodward and the owners all the time about how we’re going to move the club forward.
"That doesn’t change if some other clubs change their managers."
10:00 - Ole sorry to see Poch go
"It is good to have Jose [Mourinho] back," Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said as his side prepare to face Sheffield United this weekend.
"Especially for you guys. For Mauricio, it is always sad when one of your colleagues – a good man – loses his job before Christmas.
" It is never nice to see. I wish him all the best."
09:45 - Howe: Great to see Jose back
Eddie Howe believes it is "great for the league" that Jose Mourinho is back in the Premier League.
"I always welcome the best back into the league," the Bournemouth boss told reporters.
"It makes the league better. I was as surprised as everyone else looking from afar about what happened this week. But Jose’s an unbelievable manager and I think it’s great for the league that he’s back."
09:15 - Rashford gives Solskjaer his backing
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has given his backing to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the wake of Mauricio Pochettino's sacking by Tottenham Hotspur.
Pochettino was one of the leading contenders for the United job when Jose Mourinho was sacked in December but the club appointed Solskjaer on an interim basis instead, and named the Norwegian permanent manager in March.
"Ole is a great guy and he has the club's interests at heart so there's not a better person for the job in my opinion," Rashford told Sky Sports.
09:05 - Can Jose back up big talk?
Jose Mourinho hit all the right notes in his first press conference as Tottenham manager. But did he really mean it?
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09:00 - Good morning!
Jose's back! And there's plenty of other stuff going on in the world of football too as the Premier League recommences this weekend following the international break.
Keep it here for rolling updates....
22:00 - Poch's emotional goodbye
Jesus Perez - Pochettino's assistant at Spurs - with a late-night Twitter post that will likely tug on the heartstrings of Tottenham fans. He's posted Pochettino scribbling farewell on the tactics board...
18:50 - Taison gets one-match ban for reacting to racist insults
Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Taison was handed a one-match ban on Thursday after he reacted to racist abuse from the crowd during a match against Dynamo Kiev this month.
Brazilian Taison, 31, stuck his finger up at a section of the stadium occupied by Dynamo Kiev fans and kicked the ball into the stands after hearing the abuse during Shakhtar's 1-0 win.
The player was sent off for the incident and was in tears as he left the pitch.
World players' union FIFPro had asked for the red card to be overturned but the Ukrainian football federation has now confirmed the suspension.
Dynamo Kiev's Viktor Tsygankov and Mykola Shaparenko console Shakhtar Donetsk's Taison, who reacts to presumed racist insultsReuters
17:38 - Rodgers focused
"There's nothing to talk on it. It's all gossip. I'm happy at Leicester. I've only just joined the club. We have a great project here and my focus is on that," Rodgers told a news conference on Thursday.
"I've learned that you'll always be linked with other jobs. What's important is the now and I'm happy to help the club to develop... I love my life in Leicestershire.
"When you're doing well everyone wants to take you away from that... I came in with a responsibility to help Leicester grow. How long that will be, you can never tell, but I'm happy here."
17:03 - Stay humble, Jose
New Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho described himself as "humble" as he described his spell of self-analysis in his 11 months away from the game.
16:45 - Quick-witted Jose...
New Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho has explained why he has gone back on his word that he would never become Spurs boss.
16:17 - 'I'm not Neymar's father... I'm not the police'
15:55 - Spurs title contenders?
Short but sweet from Jose...
" We cannot win the Premier league this season. We can – and I am not saying we will do – but we can win it next season."
15:40 - Humble Mourinho
" I am humble. I am humble enough to try to analyse my career. Not just the last year, to analyse my career, its evolution. The problems and the solutions. "
“I was humble enough for that. The principle of the analysing was not to blame anyone else. When I had meetings with my assistants and the people I thought about bringing me to this chapter, it was always on the principle that there is no one else to blame or analyse.
“It is only about us. It was a great thing because I went really deep into that analysing and it was really important for me. I am nobody to advise but sometimes to have a break, it was very positive for me."
'Humble' Mourinho goes on to respond with this when asked if Spurs' current form is down to their Champions League final defeat to Liverpool in June...
" I don’t know because I never lost a Champions League final but I can imagine it is not easy. "
“You reach one of the biggest moments that you can achieve in football, you are one step away from it but could not do it. I cannot imagine that is easy.
“But you have the example of Liverpool. They lost the Premier League by one point and they lost the Champions League by one goal, the next season they are very strong in the Premier League and they won the Champions League.
“I don’t think there is a rule. It depends people react to it and of course I don’t want to go as deep as that, that is their history in the club.”
15:30 - Will Spurs fans view Jose as Mr Chelsea?
“I think they have to see me as Mr Inter, Mr Real Madrid, Mr Porto. I am a club man, but a many clubs man.
“I decided in my career to have these different adventures in different countries until I did what I call the Grand Slam, England Spain and Italy. I did not stop. I wanted to do it and I did it with passion.
“I have always said the Premier League is my natural habitat is where I am most loved is where I felt if I had the option is the league and the country that I considered the best and found most enjoyable and where I am really happy.
“When you decide to stay more years in the country – I think Mr Wenger was probably the last of that generation of big era in football clubs, Sir Alex and Mr Wenger.
“Mauricio five and a half years was really amazing but it is normal to change from club to club. I wouldn’t be surprised if tomorrow Mauricio is manager of another English club – that is modernity in football.
"Now I only have one shirt and only one passion and only one thing in my mind which is my club and that is Spurs.
"I won the Champions League with Porto and three months later I was playing against Porto – that is life.
" I’m not Chelsea, I’m not United, I’m not Real Madrid, I’m not Inter – I am all of them, I gave everything to all of them and that is what I am going to do here, give everything."
15:20 - Jose's message for Poch
Mourinho began his first press conference as Spurs head coach with a message for Pochettino...
" First of all, I think I have to and I do it with a bit of sadness, I have to speak about Mauricio. I have to congratulate him for the work he did. I have to share with you what we already shared indoors, which is that this club will always be his home. "
“This training ground will always be his training ground, he can come whenever he wants. The door is always open for him and from my experience tomorrow is another day and he will find happiness again.
“He will find a great club again and he will have a great future. He will always be welcome.”
14:00 – Torreira focused on Arsenal amid transfer speculation
The Uruguayan defensive midfielder who arrived from Sampdoria last season, quickly won over the hearts of the Arsenal faithful with his full-blooded performances. However, this season has seen him start only four games and trailed in more advanced position. This has lead to speculation that the combative midfielder is unhappy and open to move.
13:30 – No regrets over Juventus move for De Ligt
" If a person like Kluivert says something like that, it might seem true, but it really is just his assumption."
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13:00 – Real Madrid: Bale is the best player we have
Despite Gareth Bale’s ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid’ flag fiasco going down badly with Madrid chiefs. The club and fans still see the Welshman in their plans for the season and claim that situation around their player is media nonsense.
12:15 – Marcus Rashford backs Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
With the rumour mills circulating where Mauricio Pochettino will end up next, Manchester United will continue to be linked to the former Spurs boss while Solskjaer’s Red Devils struggle to find consistency.
‘Ole is a great guy and he has the club’s interests at heart so there’s not a better person for the job in my opinion.’.
11:45 – Something you may have missed from last night… English penalty shootout record equalled
When Taunton Town and Truro City’s Southern League Challenge Cup second round game went to penalties, no one would have predicted it would go down in history.
But it took 34 penalties before the game was finally decided by Taunton’s Jack Rice as he netted their 17th spotkick.
In doing so they equalled the record set between Chelsea’s under-23 side and Oxford United in 2016 when the two clubs met in the EFL Trophy.
11:20 – Liverpool’s proposed Anfield expansion to reach 60,000
The Merseyside club have said "The consultation events are designed for local residents, businesses and fans to learn more and offer their feedback on the club's vision to create a bigger Anfield, which would allow more fans to watch some of Europe's best football in a world-class facility,".
11:00 – Why Arsenal ‘did not appeal’ to Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho, Head Coach of Tottenham Hotspur during the Tottenham Hotspur training session at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on November 20, 2019Getty Images
Before the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss decided on Spurs, he had been in talks with Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi about replacing Unai Emery last month, as the pressure continued to pile onto the Spaniard.
10:40 – Mourinho’s wish list
Mourinho has wasted no time drawing up a list of possible transfer targets as he aims to catapult the North London club to the summit of the Premier League.
Gareth Bale who left Spurs for Real Madrid back in 2013 is cutting a frustrated figure in Spain as he continues to battle with both the press and Los Blancos fans, could be tempted back.
10:00 – John Terry refutes claims he blocked Aguero move to Chelsea
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According to The Athletic, Chelsea had offered a £30m for Aguero while he was still plying his trade with La Liga side Atletico Madrid, but the bid was rebuffed for being too low.
Having come up against the Argentine in the Champions League, Terry was said to be not overly impressed by his movement, despite the fact he bagged two goals against Chelsea. With Terry’s influence at the club, he passed his views on to the powers that be and the move never materialised.
Aguero would later move to Manchester City and become their all time record scorer with 178 goals, including that last minute winner that secured City their first Premier League title.
09:30 – Lion on the prowl in Milan
Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola has meet with Milan officials to orchestrate a move that would see the former player return to club that he represented between 2010 and 2012, scoring 56 goals in 85 games and lifting the Serie A title in 2011.
It’s believed that an 18 month contract is on the table for the 38-year-old, but his wage expectations could be hurdle to overcome given that Milan are currently serving a ban from European competition due to Financial Fair Play breaches.
08:30 - RACISM DOMINATES THE NEWS YET AGAIN
An anti-racism message will be also displayed on scoreboards during the opening minute at Eredivisie and Eerste Divisie games and an extra minute will be added to first half injury time.
The move comes after Excelsior forward Ahmad Mendes Moreira was racially abused by a section of FC Den Bosch supporters last weekend, with the game suspended for half an hour after the referee decided to take the players off the pitch.
The Dutch football association has said it would investigate the incident and look into possible sanctions against Den Bosch and its supporters.
A series of racist incidents has tainted European football recently.
Italian striker Mario Balotelli threatened to walk off the pitch after receiving alleged racist abuse earlier this month while Shakhtar Donetsk forward Taison was shown a red card for reacting to racist jeers from the crowd during a match.
"After what happened in these last days and after the agreement reached on Tuesday, November 19, I feel the need to make a statement to thank the support received during these months and say goodbye to the position of national coach.
"Faced with an extreme situation like the one we lived in Malta, I had to assume the leadership of everyone's team. The objective of the classification entrusted to me has been achieved comfortably. I wish this situation had never occurred. Now we would be equally classified.
"Assessing the last hours in office or even the last days, would only serve to enter a spiral of reproaches and justifications for each of the parties. I am not going to do it. I don't see any sense."
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19:00: Jose Mourinho has given his first interview since being appointed as Tottenham manager.
"What can I promise? Passion - for my job but also passion for my club. It's a privilege when a manager goes to a club and feels that happiness in relation to the squad that he's going to have.
"These are not words of the moment. They are not words of me being the Tottenham head coach. These are words that I've told and I've repeated in the last three, four, five years even as an opponent."
16:45: In addition to Jose Mourinho, Tottenham have confirmed that Joao Sacramento, Carlos Lalin, Nuno Santos, Ricardo Formosinho and Giovanni Cerra have all joined the club to make up Jose Mourinho's backroom team.
Sacramento will be Mourinho's second in command, in a departure from his traditional assistant Rui Faria. He joins the club from Lille, along with goalkeeping coach Nuno Santos. Lalin was the fitness coach Mourinho employed at Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid, while Formosinho and Cerra have also got experience of working with him.
15:45: Some non-Tottenham news (I know, crazy) because Liverpool look like they will be without to starters on Saturday for their trip to Crystal Palace.
Mo Salah has been battling an ankle injury and will reportedly miss Saturday's Premier League return while Andy Robertson missed Scotland's games against Cyprus and Kazakhstan - and appears not to have made a full recovery.
15.15: Pochettino to Real Madrid is a line that has been put around plenty in recent years and it could still happen, but of course one thing that now will not is a return to the Bernabeu for Jose Mourinho.
However, the dressing room is 'breathing easier' now that Mourinho has a job elsewhere.
Mourinho has been linked with a return to the dugout at Real MadridGetty Images
14.30: Tottenham's players are due to have their first training session with new boss Jose Mourinho this afternoon, having been given the morning off to allow the Portuguese boss to meet all the key personnel at the club.
Interestingly, Mourinho also stayed at the training ground last night in order to avoid getting snapped by photographers this morning on the way in.
13.30: Where next for Pochettino? After more than five years in north London, his CV will take quite some updating. Two things, we think, are clear: he will not manage Barcelona and he will not manage Arsenal, because of his association with rivals Espanyol and Tottenham respectively.
There are jobs available though: Manchester United has been discussed as a potential avenue if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's reign goes south, Real Madrid have tried to sign him before and Bayern Munich are managerless.
Pochettino will have no shortage of optionsGetty Images
13.00: We've heard lots from the fans on social media today but it's time to hear from their official representatives, the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust.
The statement also said: "The club must ensure it does not find itself in the same position in two or three years’ time, and we need to hear from the executive board what the long-term thinking behind this appointment is, and how it sees its role."
The club are yet to respond officially.
12.00: Another interesting element to the recruitment process at Tottenham is that, according to the Daily Mail, Mourinho was not top of the list.
In fact, Brendan Rodgers was said to be Spurs chairman Daniel Levy's but he could not be lured away from Leicester.
If that is the case, it seems wrong-headed, given that Mourinho and Rodgers could not be more different in their playing and man-management styles.
11.30: Official picture klaxon!
11.00: We've had some more Tottenham player reaction to the news this morning. It's worth pointing out that the players reportedly were not informed of the decision to sack Pochettino until the announcement was mad, which is pretty crazy. Here is Kyle Walker-Peters, who appeared to have been frozen out of the squad by the end, on the manager's departure.
10.15: A little more on Pochettino's departure, which took many people by surprise, except for Harry Redknapp, it would seem.
Redknapp said on BBC Radio 5 Live: "I love Mauricio Pochettino, but he has been averaging a point a game over the last 25 games. The Tottenham board are ruthless businessmen, they will have realised that at this rate they might not make the top four.
"Also the same voice after six years starts to wear a little thin, a new man can find another 10%, they will find a spring in their step for Jose's first game."
Redknapp understands why Spurs have given Pochettino the chopPA Sport
09.30: More excellent Mourinho emerging, specifically about managing Tottenham. It was four years ago, but even so this is not a great look for him...
"I would not take the [Tottenham] job because I love Chelsea supporters too much."
09.00: Now we all know Mourinho likes to talk and after nearly a year on the sidelines, some of his comments about Tottenham from the comfort of a pundit's chair are coming home to roost. Here, for example, is what 'The Special One' said about contract revel Christian Eriksen just last month.
He said: "I don't like to keep players that don't want to stay at the club.
"I think it is always really difficult. I am not thinking about the economical perspective, I mean from a motivational point of view.
"We sold Robben to Real Madrid, Chelsea didn't want to or need the money. But he didn't want to be there and wanted to go.
"There are some moments where motivation affects performance and it is difficult to keep players happy when they have other dreams."
Could Mourinho move a large number of players on in January?Getty Images
08:30: Morning all. I've had quieter breakfasts, if I'm honest. The milk hadn't even touch the Weetabix (other breakfast cereals are available, but they're not as good) when Tottenham announced that they had completed a deal to bring in Jose Mourinho less than 12 hours after announcing the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino.
No, this isn't reality TV, this is reality.
We'll bring you all the latest reaction to the news from players, pundits and managers throughout the day right here on Eurosport.
First of all, here are what a couple of the players had to say after Pochettino left last night.