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Sunday 4 December 2016

'Palpable discord' between players and Jose

Emenalo says rift with squad led to Mourinho's Chelsea departure

Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo and departed manager Jose Mourinho (Getty)
Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo and departed manager Jose Mourinho (Getty)
Jose Mourinho (PA)

Chelsea technical director has revealed there was a "palpable discord" between the Chelsea players and manager Jose Mourinho which led to his dismissal yesterday.

Mourinho's second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge was ended yesterday afternoon as he paid the price for the Blues dismal season, just five months after signing a new four-year deal.

The 52-year-old led Chelsea to a first title since 2010 last season but he leaves with the club languishing in 16th place and just one point above the relegation zone.

"Whilst 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 are in trouble," Emenalo said.

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"The results are not good and there obviously seemed to be a palpable discord between manager and players and we feel it was time to act.

"The owner was forced to make a very tough decision which is for the good of the club.

"One of the biggest clubs in the world is one point above relegation in the Premier League and that's not good enough.

"Any fans, even those who do not have any affiliation with the club, can understand that this club is in trouble and something needed to be done."

Blues bosses insisted Mourinho had left the club "by mutual consent" in a statement yesterday afternoon.

Mourinho has been relieved of his role at Chelsea's Cobham base just seven months after guiding Chelsea to the Premier League title, owing to the dismal run of nine defeats in 16 league matches this term.

"Chelsea Football Club and Jose Mourinho have today parted company by mutual consent," the London club's statement read.

"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."

Guus Hiddink, Brendan Rodgers and Juande Ramos have all been rumoured as potential short-term replacements for Mourinho, to tide Chelsea over until the end of the season.

The Blues are thought to favour Italy manager Antonio Conte as their top choice for a long-term appointment, but his contract runs until after Euro 2016.

The final match of Mourinho's second spell as Chelsea boss ultimately proved Monday's 2-1 Premier League loss at surprise table-toppers Leicester City.

Mourinho accepted in the wake of that defeat in the east midlands that Chelsea could not now challenge for a top-four finish to secure Champions League qualification for next season.

The Blues sit just a point above the relegation zone after an incredibly poor run of league form, that has led to accusations of player unrest and amid the continued fallout of club medic Dr Eva Carneiro's acrimonious exit.

Carneiro continues to pursue an unfair dismissal claim against the club, after Mourinho branded his medical staff "naive" to rush onto the field to treat Eden Hazard in the 2-2 draw with Swansea on August 8.

Carneiro's role was downgraded, leading to her leaving the club on September 22 and now seeking legal recourse.

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