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Chelsea Sack Jose Mourinho

jose mourinho1 Chelsea Sack Jose Mourinho

In shocking news, Jose Mourinho has left Chelsea Football Club “by mutual consent,” according to the club’s website.

We all know “by mutual consent” is codeword for getting sacked, and while the most of the newspapers are reporting that Mourinho walked out of the club, The Times newspaper believes that it’s more likely that Mourinho got the sack after a meeting with Abramovich and his henchmen.

Chelsea’s website released a sixteen word announcement on the homepage of its website. The statement read: “Chelsea Football Club and José Mourinho have agreed to part company today (Thursday) by mutual consent.”

Whether Mourinho walked or was pushed, the news will come as a shock for soccer fans. In charge since 2004, Mourinho has been one of the most successful managers in the modern era. Successful in terms of winning so much in a short timespan as well as holding on to an unbelievable home record, where the club was undefeated in league play.

Despite the success, there have been many critics. The beginning of the end for Jose Mourinho began approximately one year ago when Abramovich took a more integral role at the club by bringing in players such as Ballack and Shevchenko, which had a detrimental effect on the team’s performance on the pitch. During the 2005/2006 season, the club was unstoppable. From the 2006/2007 season, the team has been a shade of its past and, little by little, Mourinho’s authority has been undermined by backroom acquisitions such as bringing in Avram Grant and Frank Arnesen.

While the two Premier League titles were massive achievements for Mourinho, we all knew that the Champions League was the ultimate goal for the club. After a poor performance at Rosenborg, enough was enough for Abramovich.

The question is will Chelsea be a better team this Champions League campaign without Mourinho? The answer by many would be ‘no,’ but I wonder whether Abramovich may have actually made the right move. If Abramovich didn’t do anything, then Chelsea would have slugged along to a mildly successful season. With a new gaffer in charge, they may be able to steady the ship and begin playing better and scoring more goals. I wouldn’t put it past them.

The one person who must be the happiest about this whole decision is Sir Alex Ferguson. That’s because his Manchester United team plays Chelsea this Sunday at 11am ET on Fox Soccer Channel. The whole world will be watching. Will you?

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11 Responses to Chelsea Sack Jose Mourinho

  1. Anonymous says:

    I agree. Roman made the right choice. The more turbulence built up between the board and manager and manager and players the worse Chelsea played

  2. tyduffy says:

    I disagree. Mourinho made Chelsea into an elite club, what guarantee is there that they will still be one without him? Does a guy who was pushing to make a last minute 50mGBP bid for Ronaldinho really strike you as a guy who knows what he is doing running a franchise? Who do you bring in that is better than Mourinho? They seem to be closer on their way to becoming Spurs than they do to taking over the world.

  3. Football Transfer says:

    That was a shocking news. I don’t understand why Chelsea didn’t wait until the end of the season.
    Maybe it’s Capello who whould replace Mourinho.

  4. Corey says:

    I knew that the draw with Rosenburg would lead to some type of repercussions but this? Unbelievable…Abramovich reminds me of George Steinbrenner in the 70′s & 80′s and that is not a good thing..

  5. Is this betting says:

    I must admit I am pretty shocked. I can’t help feel that it is the embarrassment that the chairman felt about the small crowd at the Rosenboug game.

    At first I liked his forthright style but eventually he became a pararody of himself.

    Still, a unique character.

  6. Anonymous says:

    This was at the least unexpected. I would have thought, as many, that any termination would be at a viable break, not in the midst of a campaign. This may become even more foolish, dependent on the results of the Manchester United game coming up.

  7. Johnny on the Spot says:

    My biggest concern is about how it will affect the Gift Grub. And I’m not being cheeky.

  8. JLay says:

    Absolutely brilliant!

    I really don’t see how this will have a positive effect on Chelsea’s season- Mourinho was a pretty solid manager.

    I think that Chelsea’s issues lie with personnel, not management.

    I’m sure that they already have someone impressive lined up for the job, otherwise they wouldn’t have sacked him.

    But whoever they have coming in, and no matter how good he is, he’ll still have to deal with lots of owner interference and a poorly-built team.

    We’ll see.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I was surprised they didn’t axe him at the end of last season – the writing was already on the wall as to how this would end up.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Roman A. is an idiot.

    He is the “Jerry Jones” of EPL.

    Remember that the NFL Dallas Cowboys haven’t been the same since Jones fired the only coach who won anything for the ‘Boys in Jimmy Johnson.

    The EPL “big 4″ has just become the “big 3″.

    Chelsea is done.

    History.

    Finished.

    Prediction for Sunday: Man Utd 2-0 Chelsea

  11. kenimor says:

    Roman should manage the club or give way to whoever that will be appointed as the manager to manage the club: there is a landmark difference between a skilled person and an experienced person. There should be separation of power irrespective of owner or not.

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