Chelsea: We’re ‘in trouble’, there was ‘palpable discord’

Date published: Friday 18th December 2015 7:46

Jose Mourinho: Left on Thursday

Jose Mourinho: Left on Thursday

Chelsea have claimed they are “in trouble” after citing a “palpable discord” between the departed Jose Mourinho and his players.

Just seven months after landing the Premier League title, Mourinho left Chelsea’s Cobham training ground for the final time on Thursday afternoon, hiding his face under a hooded top.

According to several reports, he and the Chelsea team had their Christmas lunch before Mourinho was summoned at 2pm to be told by chairman Bruce Buck and director Eugene Tenenbaum that his reign was over.

Board member Michael Emenalo confirmed the 52-year-old’s departure was “by mutual consent” but the club have laid the blame for Mourinho’s Stamford Bridge exit squarely at the door of the departing manager as they honed in on an interim successor.

“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 is in trouble,” Emenalo told Chelsea TV.

“There obviously seems to be palpable discord between manager and players, and we feel it was time to act.

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

“Anyone who loves the club, who has any kind of affiliation to the club, can understand that this club is in trouble, and something needed to be done.”

Mourinho’s departure follows nine defeats in 16 league games this term, results that have caused a shocking descent into the relegation mire.

The messy departure of Dr Eva Carneiro, now suing the club, after being branded “naive” by Mourinho in August, has been viewed externally as causing extra unrest.

Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas was forced to fend off rumours he had led dressing room revolts against Mourinho earlier in the season.

Now Emenalo has further backed Chelsea’s players, insisting none of the Stamford Bridge squad had any part to play in Mourinho’s exit.

Chelsea 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.

First-team coach Steve Holland could take charge of Saturday’s home Premier League clash with Sunderland.

Chelsea announced Mourinho’s departure in a statement on Thursday afternoon.

“All at Chelsea thank Jose for his immense contribution since he returned as manager in the summer of 2013,” read Chelsea’s statement.

“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.”

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    Matthew Briggs
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    Chelsea have claimed they are “in trouble” after citing a “palpable discord” between the departed Jose Mourinho and his players.

    [See the full post at: Chelsea: We’re ‘in trouble’, there was ‘palpable discord’]

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    jimshady
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    Most successful manager in their 12 year history

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    nine nine nine
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    “palpable discord” between the Manager and players from Elmenalo and glowing friendly tweets to Jose from Fabregas and Terry. All very confusing!

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    Pagan
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    999, I’ve never heard of any of our players moaning about any of our managers publicly, considering the managerial merry go round it could limit future moves if they do, as you’ve said before, wait for the autobiographies, however I would expect there to be some sort of approval clause in contracts to protect the club….Pagan

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    nine nine nine
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    Pagan, I guess the truth lies somewhere between “palpable discord” and what the players stuck on Instagram. We might never know the truth for the reasons you’ve outlined.

    I am concerned at how the fans might react tomorrow and the players are dammed if they do and dammed if they don’t put on a performance tomorrow.

    The Eva Carniero to return rumour if true is fraught with problems too because many of the match going fans rightly or wrongly might well partly blame her for Jose’s demise. Much better paying her off and moving on imo.

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    Pagan
    Pagan
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    999, that’s a big call, Eva to replace Jose….Pagan

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    nine nine nine
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    Pagan, ha, ha, brilliant!

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    radonc13
    radonc13
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    When emenalo mentioned palpable discord between manager and players I think he was referring to Jose accusing players of “betraying” him and then” I should have sold a few of you”. I am sad to see him leave however Chelsea FC is in my blood and I will always support the club like I have for the last 50 odd years
    KTBFFH

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    rick_2322
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    “Palpable discord” the terms used by Chelsea’s Technical Director Emenalo… I had to look these words up to make sure I understood them correctly and decided the best definition for palpable would be “noticeable” and for discord would be “dissension”. By the way, as a backdrop, let me point out that “The Board” consists of Abramovich (Russian), Buck (American), Granovskaia (Russian), Emenalo (Nigerian), Tenenbaum (born in the Ukraine and now Canadian), Barnard (English pre-Abramovich with no voting rights)… In any case, no “ostentatious” (look it up) words can paper over the fact that no one really knew what was going on. When Mourinho left Chelsea the 1st time there were rumblings that some senior players with an ear to Abramovich approached him to render their complaints about the manager which led directly/ indirectly to his leaving/being sacked/”parting by mutual consent”… It happened at Real Madrid in Mourinho’s 3rd and final year as well where Casillas and Ramos were to powerful a force to deal with. This was then interpreted as Mourinho’s 3rd year curse. On the other hand, Abramovich became known as a quick trigger owner whose impatience led to a queue of managers leaving/being sacked/”parting by mutual consent”… So, is it any wonder that Mourinho wasn’t given at least until the January transfer window to right a seemingly sinking ship?

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    palmeab
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    Just for the record…….Marina Gravaskaia, whilst Russian, also has considerable allegiance with Canada as well.

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    palmeab
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    “jimshady” – I suppose your post is another attempted example of that famed Scouse sense of humour and the obsession that you seem to have with history……whilst actually knowing nothing about it. It may be regarded as ironic that the passage of time that you regard as our “history” basically maps the period when Liverpool died…..and, in the real world, with that ended your “history”. I have been watching pro-football since 1947 and a Chelsea follower since 1954 and I can assure you that, at that time, Liverpool were then, as they are today, just another football club. I can remember a time when Liverpool was at the wrong end of the old Second Division and were saved from total obsurity by the vision and genius of probably the best football manager I have been a aware of in my near 70 years observing this game…Bill Shankly. There was no talk of “history” when he took over; your club was too far out-of-site and Shankly was too sensible. I sometimes wonder if the present fans deserve what he did for your club: if you did you would shut up about “history” and get on with supporting Liverpool. The first step would seem to be losing your OCD mentality about Chelsea and stick to your own site. Alternatively you can get a book and learn some things about your club and have he good manners to treat mine with a little more respect.

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    palmeab
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    Whatever your respective dictionaries say about “palpable” and “discord”, on planet football they go far beyond a carefully scripted interview by Emenalo. As applied to Chelsea Football Club as a rationale for the dismissal of Mourinho, those two words join to discribe an on-going and escalating relationship of which most of us were aware (if only we were prepared to accept the evidence) and were always likely to lead to the outcome which arrived on Thursday. In fact, I was surprised it took so long….as I thought was plain from a note I posted on this site a few days ago. It wasn’t only the mounting evidence it was more that I wanted our club to get on with the rest of it’s life at a time when we were plainly walking-on-the-spot. In my opinion that has now happened. The next appointment is vital: I want it’ll be practical and not a marquee appointment. I am not convinced that Guardiola is that man: by declaring that we need 10 new players he may well be right but is he the right choice for a role that even he sees as a rebuilding job. Does that sound like Pep to you? Only, perhaps, if Hiddink can start the process but will a caretaker be given the resources and the permission to recruit? Maybe if the nominee is included in the discussion process but would it be ethical for a Bayern Munich manager to be involved in possible conflicts of interest with another club? Or Simeone? Carlo more likely but will Abramovich see him in an improved light now and will Carlo avoid the temptation to go and”make love somewhere else”? Also, I wouldn’t take e job if Emenalo was within 100 miles of me!

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    kopite
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    Palmead: watching Football for so Long and can’t even distinguish between Liverpool and ManU

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    palmeab
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    “Kopite – You are quite right…..and I apologise. It is my fault because I didn’t bother to look at the poster picture. My only excuse is that the post had all of the implied guff of the itinerant Liverpool fan. I shall be more careful in future but promise you that my failure to look at pictures does not – and did not – impair my knowledge of football. You may still read my post to your possible advantage!

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