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Chelsea Football Club has not decided to convene a press conference today, or even tomorrow. This means that the name of the new coach of the Blues probably will be announced after the match Chelsea-Sunderland on Saturday. The club also confirmed that their scheduled press conference for Friday has been cancelled.

The club didn’t immediately announce a replacement which may be a signal that negotiations with potential candidates to take on Mourinho’s legacy still ongoing.

According to the reports, the Portuguese coach was informed of his sacking during a really short 10-minutes meeting at Chelsea’s training ground today.




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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

BBC pundit Alan Shearer has claimed that Chelsea’s decision to sack Jose Mourinho will “tarnish” the Portuguese.

The 52-year old, Chelsea’s most successful manager, was dismissed earlier today after a torrid title defence during which the Blues have lost nine of their opening 16 league games and have crashed out of the League Cup.

Speaking to Radio 5 Live immediately after the decision, former Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers striker Shearer has said that Mourinho’s relationship with players didn’t help his situation:

“Prior to this season, whoever you spoke to, whether it was John Terry or Frank Lampard, they spoke in glowing terms of their manager,” says Shearer.

“But for the players to have performed the way they have for him this season shows something drastic has happened at Chelsea this summer. That will come out, it often does.

“You cannot have players play so well last season and then like they have done. The likes of Eden Hazard wouldn’t get in a second division side this season.

“Once you fall out with players then it is a very difficult situation you find yourself in.

“If you fall out with two or three you can move them on. But when you go over that you’re talking about half a dressing room. You can’t sack all the players. Then you have a decision to make.”

However Shearer has said that Chelsea’s dramatic fall from lofty heights has surprised him, given that only seven months ago the Premier League title returned to Stamford Bridge.

“Nothing surprises me with football managers nowadays,” Shearer said.

“I have never known a capitulation like it from a football club. I have never known players perform like they did in a season and then be so bad now. It is unbelievable. 

“It will without doubt hurt him. He tried leaving players out that didn’t work. He tried criticising players in public, that didn’t work. He tried protecting players, that didn’t work. Whatever he has done it just has not worked. No one could have predicted this.”


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Chelsea have released a statement after they parted company with manager Jose Mourinho on Wednesday afternoon.

The decision comes following intense media speculation about Mourinho’s position after the Blues suffered their ninth defeat in 16 league games in a 2-1 loss to Leicester, and just seven months after Mourinho guided Chelsea to their fourth Premier League title.

The statement:

“Chelsea Football Club and Jose Mourinho have today parted company by mutual consent.

All at Chelsea thank Jose for his immense contribution since he returned as manager in the summer of 2013.

His three league titles, FA Cup, Community Shield and three League Cup wins over two spells make him the most successful manager in our 110-year history. But both Jose and the board agreed results have not been good enough this season and believe it is in the best interests of both parties to go our separate ways.

The club wishes to make clear Jose leaves us on good terms and will always remain a much-loved, respected and significant figure at Chelsea. His legacy at Stamford Bridge and in England has long been guaranteed and he will always be warmly welcomed back to Stamford Bridge.

The club’s focus is now on ensuring our talented squad reaches its potential.

There will be no further comment until a new appointment is made.”

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Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea have parted company manager Jose Mourinho with the club 16th in the table and one point off the relegation zone.

It comes just seven months after the Portuguese won Chelsea fourth, and his third, Premier League title.

However, Chelsea have had a torrid season thus far, having lost nine of their opening 16 league games  – the same number of defeats as the last two seasons put together.

The Blues have also crashed out of the League Cup, which they also won last year as well as in 2005 and 2007. Mourinho also lifted the FA Cup in that year.

It brings an end to the 52-year old’s second spell at Stamford Bridge, despite being the club’s most successful manager.

Although former Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss signed a new four-year deal in the summer, both on and off-field incidents have seemingly spelt the end of his tenure. Those incidents include a long-running public saga with former physio Eva Carneiro and two separate fines and bans after open criticisms of referees Jon Moss and Robert Madley.

Mourinho received a vote of confidence from club owner Roman Abramovich after a 1-3 home loss to Southampton in October. However, reports claim that after a 2-1 loss to Leicester on Monday night, which put the Foxes 20 points ahead of the Blues at the top of the table, the board reconvened and discussed potential successors and compensation packages should Mourinho be sacked.

Pep Guardiola, Guus Hiddink, Brendan Rodgers, Gus Poyet and Juande Ramos have all been touted as possible successors.

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Jose Mourinho and his backroom staff at Chelsea © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has questioned whether the lifestyles of some players are correct for the football club.

It has been a near-catastrophic season for the Blues so far, who currently sit 16th in the Premier League table; one point off the relegation zone.

Mourinho’s position at the Chelsea helm has been the subject of intense speculation over recent weeks, particularly after he claimed he felt “betrayed” by some players after the 2-1 loss to Leicester on Monday night.

After a sombre-looking training session at Cobham earlier today, Mourinho said that he feels some players don’t have enough passion to turn the club’s fortunes around:

Speaking to Chelsea TV, he said: “Some of them need to rethink how the way they live Chelsea, they live football, they live their job.

“Chelsea is big, football is more than a job, it’s a passion. I think every match on the pitch you should live with an unbelievable passion.

“How many millions would love to be football players and they can’t be? You shouldn’t waste any minutes on the pitch, you should enjoy every minute and you should give absolutely everything.

“Yes, I feel frustrated with some players and I feel that some others they give absolutely everything.”

It is believed that a Chelsea board meeting took place earlier today regarding Mourinho’s position, with Chelsea having lost nine out of 16 league games so far this season.

It is understood that the meeting discussed what compensation package would be paid should the Portuguese be sacked, and who would replace him, with Gus Poyet and Guus Hiddink’s names both reportedly touted.

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Chelsea are looking to offload struggling defender Papy Djilobodji to French club Marseille, the Daily Express states. 

The Senegalese has made just one appearance for the Blues since his arrival in the summer – an injury-time appearance against Walsall in the Capital One Cup.

Despite only moving from FC Nantes for £3 million less than six months ago, French publication Fichajes are claiming that Chelsea are willing to offload Djilobodji to Marseille, who themselves have reportedly been eyeing the 27-year old for several months.

Djilobodji is already well down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, with the Blues set to continue their pursuit of Everton defender John Stones in the next transfer window.

It is unclear if an official bid has been made, or indeed how much Chelsea would be willing to get rid of Djilobodji for.

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Chelsea’s U18 side has progressed to the fourth round of this season’s FA Youth Cup after easily overcoming Huddersfield Town 6-1 in Aldershot. 

The Blues, who knocked out the Terriers at the same stage last season, started well and opened the scoring after just three minutes; Jay Dasilva delivering a pinpoint cross from the right which Tammy Abraham headed in to put the hosts in the lead.

Despite Town keeper Jake Turner brilliantly twice denying Abraham as the half wore on, Dasilva’s trickery proved too much as again a pinpoint cross was converted by Abraham half an hour after the opener.

Rekeil Pyke then spurned a good chance for the visitors after he could only place his header into the arms of the Chelsea keeper, before Huddersfield pulled one back just after the start of the second half as captain Jamie Spencer headed home a corner.

Dasilva then continued to wreak havoc on the visitors’ defence as the Blues restored their two goal lead. The winger snaked past his man before laying the ball across the box which was inadvertently turned into the Huddersfield net by defender Jacob Hanson.

Ike Ugbo then tapped home a fourth after Abraham hit the post, the latter then again denied by Turner with a wonderful save to push Abraham’s freekick onto the crossbar.
However, as the clock ran down, Chelsea netted two more through Dujon Sterling and Abraham, who sealed his hattrick late on.


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Chelsea are to take on Scunthorpe United in the third round of the FA Cup after the League 1 side overcame Leyton Orient 3-0 in their second-round replay last night. 

Second half goals from Jack King, Hakeeb Adelakun and an own goal from O’s defender Jean-Yves Mvoto were enough to book a place in the next round for the Iron following a 0-0 draw in London.

Mark Robins’ side, who beat Southend United in the first round and currently sit 14th in the third tier, went out at the third-round stage last year after a 0-2 replay defeat to fellow League 1 side Chesterfield.

The match, which is at Stamford Bridge, is to take place at 2pm on Sunday, January 10th.


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Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino believes that after Jose Mourinho accused his players of betrayal after losing 2-1 against Leicester, Chelsea players can turn against him.

The crisis at Chelsea is in full swing, and Mourinho with his latest comments does not look like a person who wants to solve the problem. The ninth loss in 16 Premier League games may herald the beginning of the end of Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge because carousel of speculation has already started, and the list of his potential successors is impressive.

Portuguese coach surprised everyone during the post-match press conference after the defeat against Leicester when he said that the Chelsea players have betrayed him. And according to former Chelsea player Cascarino such allusions regarding his players can badly affect the atmosphere in the Chelsea dressing room. Ex-Blues has even questioned the desire of some players to continue playing under Mourinho.

Cascarino told Sky Sports News:

“We must be surprised (that he has not been sacked)”

“History shows us, we’ve seen (Luiz Felipe) Scolari, Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto Di Matteo all make very quick exits.”

“The only people I feel are still behind him are the fans, they still sing his name because they have so much affection for him but they are losing football match after football match.”

Ex-Blues criticized Portuguese coach for his words of about betrayal, in his opinion this type of allusions certainly will not help to build a good team spirit:

There is a fine line, how far you take it, how much criticism you can give to your team?”

“Behind closed doors you can say a lot more but when you go public and talk of betrayal you are taking it to a level that a lot of players in that dressing room won’t like.”

“They’ll start looking at Jose and thinking, forget about us, what about you? They will start looking at him, and it could make a toxic atmosphere in the dressing room.”

He also draws attention to the fact that Hazard left the pitch really early after not picking up a serious injury what may mean that players won’t  fight for Mourinho at any price:

“You have to question the desire of some players to want to play for Jose,”

“Take Eden Hazard on Monday night, the way he went off, he may have been injured but he didn’t make much of an effort to stay on the pitch.

“It’s a very strange atmosphere at the club. You can’t have top players not working. There must be issues in that dressing room. Every player apart from the keeper has been dropped at some stage this season.”

“He has tried everything. I think it’s a last throw of the dice, they have Sunderland at home and Watford at home and anything less than six points I can’t see him surviving.”


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Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has no doubt that even if the Blues are failing this season and are really close to the relegation zone, Jose Mourinho is still the ideal man to lead them.

Chelsea is currently 16th in the Premier League table with just two points above the relegation zone. Dissapoiting results of the England champions, cause that Mourinho found himself under fire and rumors of his release are getting louder. However, Begovic provides, that Chelsea’s players still want to play for Mourinho as they consider him the ideal man to lead the Blues.

Begovic told Four Fourt Two:

”He ticks all the boxes really; his understanding of the game, his preparation for the game, his motivational skills,”

“He makes you feel very comfortable when you go out on the pitch. He’s just the manager who you want to fight for and play for.”

The Bosnian player has praised Eden Hazard for his huge talent and skills:
“[The best player I’ve played with is] probably Eden Hazard,”
“He’s just got God-given talent. Some of the stuff that he can do and the skills that he has are something you can only imagine doing and dream of doing. That’s what makes him one of the world’s best players.”


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