Jose Mourinho fired by Chelsea

Just 16 Premier League games into his his third season as Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho has been fired by the club.

Mourinho leaving is going to cost Chelsea a lot of money. His current  contract  would have paid him £40 million ($61.3 million USD) if completed, however it had an early out clause. If Jose doesn’t accept a new job in the next four years, Chelsea will owe Mourinho somewhere between £20-40 million. With Jose’s pasion for the game no one expects Mourinho to walk away from the sport.

This was Mourinho’s second spell at Chelsea. He first managed them from the summer of 2004 -2007. He won the Premier League and League Cup twice, as well as the FA Cup once during that spell.

Fans were satisfied with Mourinho’s first season in charge, even though he didn’t win a trophy, and their patience paid off last season when Chelsea won the Premier League and League Cup. But the Blues struggled in Champions League, the competition Mourinho hasn’t been able to win during either of his spells with Chelsea.

During the summer, Chelsea spent on youth however signs of turmoil were apparent early in the season. Someone seemingly inside Chelsea leaked a story that players were mad at Mourinho for making certain players into scapegoats. The pressure mounted on Jose and win a string of losses he was eventually fired.

And now, it’s time for speculation about Mourinho’s replacement. The most obvious candidate is Diego Simeone, currently at Atlético Madrid. Carlo Ancelotti recently turned down an interview at Liverpool, stating that he wanted to take the rest of the year off and would be open to taking a position next season. Pep Guardiola’s contract is expiring at Bayern Munich, but he’s unlikely to leave before the end of the season. If he can’t get Simeone, Abramovich is faced with a difficult decision between hiring a coach not currently at the top of the profession or appointing a temporary boss and waiting for the summer.

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