Chelsea have sacked their manager Jose Mourinho after a miserable run of form this season left them with 15 points from 16 games. The Blues lie a point from the relegation zone.
The loss to Leicester City proved to be the nadir of Mourinho’s second reign as Chelsea boss. After being backed earlier on in the season following the loss to Southampton, it looked like “The Special One” would not be sacked. But as is the case in the modern era of coaching where reputations are secondary when it comes to performance expected from managers, Jose was no exception.
He will forever be adored at the Bridge for being the one who brought Chelsea their first Premier League crown in 50 years and creating a team that would come to dominate the Premier League for some years to come.
Many have been shocked by the news of Mourinho’s sack but one can’t say it hasn’t been a long time coming. After openly criticizing team doctor Eva Carneiro in the opening match of the season for treating Eden Hazard, leaving his team light in numbers on the pitch, Jose was heavily lambasted for such comments and it was rumored that many of the players were against his actions and comments. The events that followed were a run of poor displays and results that left them languishing in the bottom half of the table. It was believed that he had lost the dressing room and support of key players who previously adored him. Players who shone last season dimmed to mere obscurity.
A row with Costa also followed when he was dropped in the match with Spurs and was caught on camera throwing his training bib in the direction of the manager when he realized he was going to be an unused substitute. Mourinho resorted to blaming his players’ lack of commitment and refereeing decisions for the Blues woes. It always seemed like Chelsea were two or three wins from a recovery but a step forward with a win was always followed by 3 steps backwards with losses. Back to back losses to Bournemouth and table topping Leicester City proved too much for the Chelsea backroom staff to bear. Someone had to be held accountable and as is always the case the manager was the fall guy.
So now the second spell of Jose is over. Several key replacements have been tipped with Juande Ramos and Gus Hiddink being the top two candidates. Whoever takes over has an arduous task in motivating players who look like a shadow of their former selves after a title winning campaign only a few months ago. The Blues are a point from relegation and it is quite unfathomable that they will go down. With the quality of players they have, they should be capable of digging themselves out of trouble.
Chelsea play Sunderland at home this Saturday and anything short of a win would be unacceptable. For Jose, a sabbatical and a little time off from the spotlight would be much welcomed. A great manager no doubt but one who had lost the support and commitment of his players. He will be sorely missed but many more adventures await the 52 year old later on for sure.