Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo has revealed that Jose Mourinho had to be released due to the “palpable discord” between him and the players.
Emenalo told Chelsea TV:
“While there is huge sentiment for the individual, who has done so much for the club, the fact of the matter remains that Chelsea Football Club is in trouble.”
“The results are not good. There is obviously said to be palpable discord between manager and players and we feel it was time to act.”
“The owner [Roman Abramovich] was forced to make what was a very tough decision for the good of the club.”
“Chelsea, one of the biggest clubs in the world, is one point above the relegation zone in the Premier League, and that’s not good enough. This club is in trouble and something needed to be done.”
Asked about the disappointing results of Chelsea this season, he insisted the players were not to blame:
“This is essentially the same group of players that won the League and the League Cup last season.”
“They did it in style and by showing commitment. They played to instruction and adhered to everything the manager asked them to do.”
“It’s very easy to make that kind of inference but it’s not one that the club accepts. The players now have a responsibility to go out and prove everybody wrong and show a certain level of commitment to get the club up the league table. That’s what I believe they’ve been trying to do.”
On Mourinho’s successor:
“We’re a big club that have quality coaches embedded within the club.”
“I think we will be okay for Saturday – we will have competent people come up and help with preparation for the game.”
“The club is working vigorously to make sure the situation is taken care of as soon as possible.”
Interestingly Chelsea have actually released the full video on the club’s YouTube channel not only on their paid channel.