Jose Mourinho sacked just seven months after bringing the title to Stamford Bridge
It was reported yesterday that Roman Abramovich would be holding meetings with the Chelsea board regarding Mourinho’s future at the club. It has now surfaced that the Portuguese prodigy has been let go by the London team, despite retaining loyalty among the fans.
Mourinho signed a four-year deal in the summer after easing towards his third premier league title with Chelsea, but his deal did not include any buy-out clause, which now means that Abramovich will reportedly be forced to pay a sum around £40 million as compensation.
The blues sit 16th in the table with just 15 points from their first 15 matches, one point above the relegation zone. After topping the group in the Champions league, the pressure seemed to have subsided slightly on Mourinho, but the notorious ruthlessness of the Russian billionaire has emerged again, ending Mourinho’s second spell with the club.
Somewhat ironically, Mourinho’s last match was a 2-1 loss against league leaders Leicester City, a side managed by Claudio Renieri, the man accountable for bringing Claude Makélélé, Joe Cole and Frank Lampard to the Chelsea under his reign, as well as nurturing talents like John Terry, and could be pointed to as the man who laid down the foundations for the club that Mourinho inherited.
Arsene Wenger has stated that “When Claudio left Chelsea he had built the team that was so successful at the start,”, a statement that has been perceived as a dig at Mourinho by some.
It is now being considered in the football world that among Pep Gaurdiola and Juande Ramos, Ranieri is also a possible successor, with the Italian stating before the match that Chelsea are a club that is “important” to him. A move like this would surely rub salt in Mourinho’s wounds after sharing spats with the current Leicester manager in the past.
It makes sense for this to be the wake up call that the Chelsea squad needs, and could lead to an upwards surge in form that takes them to at least the top half of the table by May.
Whoever Abramovich decides to bring in next, they need to be someone who can provide morale and a fresh positive way of playing football. No doubt Chelsea fans will be calling for someone like Guardiola to come in.
Were the board right to sack Mourinho? Or are they mad for not giving Chelsea’s most successful manager the time to get things straight?
Whoever Abramovich decides to bring in next, they need to be someone who can provide morale and a fresh positive way of playing football. A fresh start for the London club could see to them restoring their reputation in world football.