Harry Kane has admitted he was surprised by Jose Mourinho's sacking by Tottenham and found out it was happening just minutes before it was announced.
In comments that appear to reject reports of a player revolt against the Portuguese, the Spurs striker - one of only a few players who commented on the dismissal on social media - insists he had a "great" relationship with Mourinho.
Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports ahead of the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, Kane - who is in a race to be fit for Wembley - also pledged his backing for close friend Ryan Mason after he was installed as interim head coach.
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"I was surprised (by Mourinho's sacking) - I'll be totally honest," Kane said. "I came in that morning and probably found out 5-10 minutes before it was announced.
"A lot of the focus was on the Carabao Cup final and preparing for that but, look, it's football. I've been here now where a couple of managers have been sacked and, as a player now, I don't think you ever expect the boss to be sacked but it's part of the game, you have to deal with it.
"I had a great relationship with Jose, I wish him all the best for whatever his next job is, but he knows as we know football can be cut-throat and we just have to look forward. We have a big final to prepare for now and we're looking forward to that.
"Ryan's been great. It's obviously been strange for him, a bit of a rollercoaster coming in late notice and taking on the job. I thought he's done incredibly well; how he's handled the whole situation, how he's handled the boys and obviously getting his first win against Southampton was a massive moment.
"It's given everyone a buzz going into the cup final. Me and Ryan are good mates, we've known each other a long time, on and off the field we are really close.
"I'm buzzing for him to have this opportunity and to have the experience to manage one of the best clubs in the world. Hopefully we can try and win on Sunday and experience a truly special moment together."
Mourinho's sacking and Mason's takeover was merely a footnote in an explosive week for both football and Spurs, who were involved in the aborted European Super League breakaway.
Kane has confirmed he did not like the idea and was pleased supporters, players and coaching staff won in their opposition to the controversial project.
"I liked the outcome of it," he said. "I didn't quite like the idea of it if I'm honest. I can totally understand the fans' point of view. From a lot of people's point of view, it wasn't quite right.
"It's obviously been ended for now. I'm proud of the fans for sticking up for what they believe it. I am glad of what the outcome has become."
"For football in general it's good the way it is. The competitiveness is an important part of football and that's the reason we play football."
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