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Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct by the FA for his behaviour during his side’s 2-1 loss to West Ham.

The 52-year old was sent to the stands at half time after comments made to referee Jon Moss, who sent off Blues midfielder Nemanja Matic shortly before half time.

Mourinho watched most of the second half from the directors’ box at Upton Park, but disappeared shortly after Andy Carroll scored West Ham’s winning goal, and did not reappear to fulfil his post-match press duties, having previously said his relationship with the media would be changing.

The Premier League have confirmed that should a club fail to undertake media obligations, the governing body will write to them to obtain their reasons before deciding on any sanction.

It added that this can range from a warning to a fine, with each case looked at on its merits.

The report from Moss is yet to be submitted to the FA, but is expected to contain his reasoning for sending Mourinho to the stands.

Chelsea assistant manager Silvio Louro was too shown a red card for his own comments made to the referee, and has also been charged with misconduct.

Furthermore, Chelsea are facing a £25,000 fine for having more than five players booked in one Premier League game. As well as the two yellow cards given to Nemanja Matic, Cesar Azpilicueta, Willian, Cesc Fabregas, John Mikel Obi and Diego Costa were also booked at Upton Park.

Both sides have been charged with failing to control their players.


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Diego Costa is convinced that Jose Mourinho should not be blamed for Chelsea’s poor results. The Spaniard recognizes that all Chelsea players are guilty of disappointing start to the new season.

Chelsea ace has no doubt that the blame being put on Mourinho isn’t fair as Chelsea players were too confident about winning the Premier League crown again without facing any difficulties while the reality is different.

Costa told Soccer AM:

“I think we are to blame, the players,”

“Like I’ve been saying we came back too relaxed and thinking we were going to win it again like last season. ”

“I think the other teams got stronger and we have to take a further step in terms of quality and effort as a group.”

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Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

AS Monaco shareholder Alessandro Prato reveals that the French giants are doing their best to lure Jose Mourinho to Ligue 1 club.

According to the latest reports Mourinho could be sacked if Chelsea lose to Liverpool in the upcoming Premier League clash. However it seems that the Portuguese coach will not be too long unemployed as AS Monaco shareholder has revealed that the French club have already established contact with Mourinho. Alessandro Proto claims that the French giants are ready to make a move for the Special One.

Proto told Spanish newspaper Sport:

“On Saturday night the first contact was made with Jose Mourinho about training Monaco,”

“We are still in a very early stage but we are convinced that Mourinho could train Monaco.”


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Chelsea manager José Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti says the club should stand by Jose Mourinho despite the appalling form so far this season, insisting that the Portuguese will turn the team’s fortunes around soon.

Ancelotti, who was sacked by Chelsea in 2011 after himself failing to retain the Premiership crown, says he did not expect Chelsea to begin their defence of the title to start so badly but that Mourinho is the right man to get the Blues’ season back on track.

Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport Ancelotti said this:

“I didn’t expect this crisis, but I do understand the reasons behind these problems. I think they are feeling sated.

“Last year they won by a mile, now they are more relaxed. Don’t worry, Mourinho will sort it out. He is the right man.

“Manchester City are the most complete squad in the Premier League, but every now and then they go off piste. They are not 100 per cent reliable.

“I’d watch out for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger did well to change their system, so he waits and counters to get the best out of the pace of Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez.”

Ancelotti left Real Madrid in the summer having replaced Jose Mourinho in 2013. The Italian reportedly turned down the Liverpool job before Jurgen Klopp took over.

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Bayern Munich captain Phillip Lahm has called for Guardiola to stay with the German giants amid talk he could be on his way to Premiership this summer.

Guardiola has one season left on his Bayern Munich contract and has so far not indicated he will sign another. The Spaniard, who has won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in his two full seasons in Germany so far, has been linked with a move to a number of English clubs including Chelsea.

Talk of the double Champions League winner coming to Stamford Bridge has intensified in recent weeks as the Blues continue suffer their worst start to a Premiership season in a generation and speculation around the future of Jose Mourinho gets louder. Rumours in the English press this morning suggest the Portuguese could lose his job should Chelsea fail to beat Liverpool on Saturday, and the Premiership champions have been linked with, as well as Guardiola, Diego Simeone, Carlo Ancelotti and Gus Hiddink.

It has long been believed that Guardiola wants his next job to be in England. He was being pursued by both Manchester clubs and Chelsea when he surprisingly took over at Bayern Munich in 2013. Lahm hopes he can be persuaded to resist England once again when his three year contract comes to an end this summer.

Speaking to reporters after Bayern’s 4-0 win over Koln on Saturday, the five time European champions’ 1000th Bundesliga win, Lahm said this:

“The team’s opinion is clear. We enjoy working together with our coach and he is an outstanding manager.

Everything else is not in our hands. The only thing I can say is that the team would like (Pep) Guardiola to stay.”


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Chelsea legend Ron Harris believes the club should back manager Jose Mourinho and refrain from sacking him despite the poor start to the season.

Harris, who holds the record for the most appearances for Chelsea with 795 appearances, thinks the Portuguese will change Chelsea’s fortune before long.

Speaking to Radio 5 Live, the man who captained Chelsea to the 1970 FA Cup win and European Cup Winners’ Cup success the following year said this:

“They’ve had one or two important decisions go against them and it’s only natural people get a bit irate.

“Jose has always been a winner and, if he sits down and thinks about it today, maybe he could have handled it in a different manner. He most probably regrets it.

“Let’s be fair, if you look at his track record where ever he’s been, you don’t become a bad manager after 10 games, I do the hospitality at the club and I’ve not seen too many people at Chelsea moaning and groaning.

“Maybe they are disappointed with the results, but I’m sure Jose will turn that around.”


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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill claims the players were left distraught after the 2-1 defeat to West Ham United yesterday.

Cahill, 29, scored the equaliser but was part of a back-line that failed abjectly as the Blues suffered another defeat in what has been their worst start to a season in a generation.

Speaking to the press afterwards, the England international said this:

“The mood in the dressing room is not great – like you’d imagine when you lose games. 

“Last season we weren’t used to it. The lads are devastated.

“You’re left scratching your head sometimes. In the first half a Cesc Fabregas goal could have been given and we had a goal that was nearly over the line. That sums up the way we’re going.

“And then we’ve got the sending-off. Originally we played on – we thought the referee had played on. Maybe the assistant called it back, I’m not sure sure what’s happened there. 

“We’ve not had the rub of the green, but we’re not feeling sorry for ourselves. We have to work hard to turn this round.

“Not many words are being said at the moment. I’m sure we’ll reflect in next day or so. We worked really hard with 10 men and had the majority of the play in the second half. It’s a summary of our season at the minute.”


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It is perhaps unsurprising that Chelsea’s latest defeat sparked a series of social media posts that at least questioned Jose Mourinho’s position as manager and directly called for it to end. 

The culture of modern football, which can often see managers under pressure very early regardless of past success, Chelsea’s own recent tradition of making dismissals midway through the season as well as Mourinho’s own extremely high standards have meant this season’s travails have created the scenario that many thought impossible in August- the job of Chelsea’s most successful being put in doubt.

The 2-1 loss to West Ham yesterday afternoon was a microcosm of Chelsea’s season thus far. The sloppy  lack of concentration that led the opening goal, the brief resurgence in the second half following equally poor defending from the home side and then the killer mistake that was eminently avoidable. That the officials made two decisions to Chelsea’s detriment- one right and one wrong- and Chelsea’s lack of discipline thereafter only sought to make the game even more representative of the Premiership champions’ poor season so far.

Mourinho did not speak to the press following the game and it was later revealed that he was dismissed from the sidelines at half-time by the referee. Given his fine and suspended touchline after the home defeat to Southampton three weeks it was probably a good thing, one can only be grateful it is not the custom for Premiership managers to vent their anger on social media.

The ire of many fans on Facebook and Twitter was aimed at a combination of the referee- primarily for disallowing Fabregas’ goal when he was onside- the poor performances of many of last season’s star players and Mourinho himself. The Portuguese’s continued trust in the below par performers such as Fabregas, Matic and Hazard- though the Belgian was dropped last week- is often cited along with his insistence on blaming officials himself and his supposed arrogance.

Nobody can hold the opinion that Mourinho is blameless, or in fact that all those charges hold a degree of truth, but nor can anyone deny his past achievements- the cliche of him being only able to win with money being almost completely baseless. Those directly calling for him to leave appear to have no pertinent alternative, leaving the more level headed of us to think their opinion is largely punitive. Diego Simeone has been linked but chances of him leaving fourth placed in La Liga Atletico Madrid for a Chelsea in apparent free fall in October are fanciful, as are ideas that Chelsea could pry back one of their less successful but more mellow managers- namely Carlo Ancelotti- having already sacked him are equally stupid.

During his recent seven minute speech after the loss to Southampton Mourinho struck a certain point, that being this one a moment of acute crisis for Chelsea. The decision the club makes on its manager could define it for the next few years, just as the Portuguese’s original departure in 2007 did as the club looked all over the continent for someone to sufficiently replace him.

The troubles with Chelsea are deeper than the manager and cannot, and will not should club decide to replace him, be fixed. There are traces of 2007 at this certain time, the biggest being the clear and obvious lack of able recruitment in the summer. Rather than looking for a quick fix in the shape of a new manager, the club should examine why it has not given the squad the refreshment it desperately needs and what Mourinho requested the moment last season was over.

This is not a time for Chelsea to make such a drastic change in the manager’s seat. It was only a few years ago that the club were mocked throughout Europe for sacking managers too early, a policy that prevented the team from challenging for the biggest honours on a yearly basis. Those in disagreement are themselves guilty of having very short memories.

This season has gone from being one where Chelsea could push on from winning back the Premiership title to winning in Europe to a campaign where the very involvement in the Champions League beyond this season is under threat. The club need to look beyond the fact they have almost certainly relinquished their domestic title and hold fast so that can start again next season by backing their manager both by keeping in his job and giving him the funds to improve the squad in January and the summer.

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Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho © Francesca Ceciarini

José Mourinho won’t give his usual post-match press conference today after the defeat against West Ham.

It was confirmed that the Portuguese manager was sent off by referee Jonathan Moss at half time after a discussion with him.

The Chelsea boss watched the second half from the stands and it was decided by Chelsea and him that neither him nor other members of his staff will speak to the press after the controversial game at Upton Park.


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Ex Chelsea boss José Mourinho will return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, this time as Manchester United manager © Francesca Ceciarini

It was a turbulent afternoon for José Mourinho at the Boleyn Ground.

The Portuguese manager won’t ever forget his last visit at Upton Park: in addition the defeat, that put Chelsea back in a difficult situation in the table, the Blues boss was sent off at half time by referee Jonathan Moss.

It all happened in the end of the first part of the game: Nemanja Matic was sent off for a double yellow card at minute 45′ and shortly after Mourinho’s assistant Silvino Louro was sent to the stands for heavily protest with both the fourth official and the referee.

While all this was happening Mourinho got an ironic grin on his face and apparently had no reaction.

At the beginning of the second part the Chelsea manager didn’t show up in the dugout, while his assistants Steve Holland and Rui Faria were standing to give directions to the players on the pitch.

Finally TV cameras caught Mourinho watching the game in the stands and it was speculated that it was his choice to follow the second half from there but at the end arrived the confirmation that he was sent off by the referee during the half time: probably because he protested with him in the tunnel, but it’s supposed also that he tried to enter Moss’ dressing room during the fifteen minute time out.

Now Mourinho can face a ban stadium by the FA, as he got a suspended ban ten days ago: now the punishment can become effective.


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