The Special One Becomes the Fired One
Football can be such a cruel sport.
One minute, things are going so well for you and you are a king on the Iron Throne like Joffrey Lannister and the next minute, things go so badly for you, that you’re treated like an outcast with some nun ringing a bell behind you and shouting ‘Shame!!!’. I guess I’m missing Games of Thrones this morning but that’s not the issue here.
Jose Mourinho, yes, that annoying egotistical cuntbutling twat of a living thing has been sacked! Yes, his Portuguese ass has been fired!
It’s not like Mourinho was the first manager to be fired at Chelsea and he certainly won’t be the last. Since Roman Abramovich took over the club in 2003, the club has had 10 managers and the table below gives a high-level overview of all the men that have received the boot by the trigger-happy dictator.
|Manager||Arrival Date||Departure Date||Major Honors|
|Claudio Ranieri||September 00’||May 04’|
|Jose Mourinho||June 04’||September 07’||05’ League Cup, 05’ Premier League, 05’ Community Shield, 06’ Premier League, 07’ League Cup, 07’ FA Cup|
|Avram Grant||September 07’||May 08’|
|Felipao||July 08’||February 09’|
|Ray Wilkins||February 09’||February 09’|
|Guus Hiddink||February 09’||May 09’||09’ FA Cup|
|Carlo Ancelotti||July 09’||May 11’||09’ Community Shield, 10’ Premier League, 10’ FA Cup|
|AVB||June 11’||March 12’|
|RDM||March 12’||November 12’||12’ FA Cup, 12’ Champions League|
|Rafael Benitez||November 12’||May 13’||13’ Europa League|
|Jose Mourinho (again!)||June 13’||December 15’||15’ League Cup, 15’ Premier League|
Despite the fact that Chelsea has won 15 trophies since Abramovich took over, he just seems to be such an insatiable chump. This is the same reason why Pep Guardiola opted not to join the club before he chose Bayern Munich. The legendary Spanish manager stated that stability was an issue at the club and that is pretty much evident.
But how did it go all wrong for the self-proclaimed One?
He had just won the Premier League in his second coming and his ego rose from 0 to Nicklas Bendtner. His players didn’t fare too well in the World Cup – Diego Costa endured a shitty campaign with Spain, Eden Hazard didn’t light up any fireworks with Belgium and this was followed by a shocking pre-season campaign that saw the club lose two and draw two in the four games they played.
They began the campaign with a Community Shield loss to Arsenal, and albeit a non-competitive tournament, that was Arsene Wenger’s first victory over the Portuguese manager in 13 tries. Shortly afterwards, the club extended his contract till 2019 but a day after, Chelsea struggled against Swansea at home but the major talking point was his scathing attack on first-team doctor, Eva Carneiro, that saw the manager come under heavy criticism from the media. A week after Manchester City piled on the misery with an embarrassing 3-0 thrashing that saw Mourinho replace his captain, John Terry, at half time. Following further losses to Crystal Palace and Everton, Chelsea had amassed just four points from five matches. This was a team that lost only three games in the League in the previous campaign.
When Chelsea hosted Arsenal, rivalries were renewed with Wenger but his post-match press conference was a shame to say the least, as he attacked Wenger and defended Diego Costa’s shambolic behavior on the pitch. His previous club, FC Porto, defeated him in Europe then there was the loss to Southampton at home that was followed with a seven-minute interview where he lashed out at the FA, referees and laid some subtle threats to the board, claiming that there’s no manager that’s better than him in the club. This earned him a fine and touchline ban.
When West Ham hosted the Blues, Mourinho was sent to the stands following his comments to the match officials at half time. Chelsea lost that game and there was more drama when Jurgen Klopp and his resurgent Liverpool side ran out as 3-1 winners at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho gathered his coaching staff at the middle of the pitch and he was looking very bemused.
Signs of internal rife with his players began to surface when Diego Costa was dropped and he attempted to throw his training kit at his manager when he was notified that he wasn’t going to take part of the Tottenham game. The final straw came at the Leicester game were the Blues looked so lackadaisical in the game, allowing Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez to steal the show. This time, Mourinho blasted that his players, stating that they had ‘betrayed’ him and he lashed out at Leicester’s ball boys.
So here we are, looking at the fifth managerial casualty of the season. Dick Advocaat was the first to resign, then Brendan Rodgers was shown the exit door and Tim Sherwood followed suit. Then there was the dear ol’ Garry Monk that was a sweetheart at Swansea but the poor turn of results forced the team’s hand to give him the boot.
Now the Special One has become the Fired One.
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