We Need To Talk About Jose…

We Need To Talk About Jose…
Apr 7, 2016

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Amongst the rubble of Chelsea’s plane crash of a season lies a fatality of its palpable, destructive consequences: Jose Mourinho. This article raises the questions of Mourinho’s horror season and why Chelsea fans, after months of finger pointing, must come to the realisation that their darling Mourinho isn’t innocent at all. As the post mortem continues, it only seems appropriate that we need to talk about Jose…

Blood at the Last Supper

It was when listening to Chelsea’s technical director Michael Emanelo crooning the eerily chilling words of “palpable discord” that it had summed up, both consisely and controversially, the reasons why Abramovich dispatched of Chelsea’s greatest ever manager…again.

“Palpable discord”- this breakdown in relations that must have been so insipid that it gave no option but to kill off Mourinho once and for all. The PP words- so taboo that the mere mention of it causes ructions (due to grave differences of opinion) between the fans: player power.

Chelsea Football Club haven’t been immune from player power situations. Why, it brings back memories of the Andre Villas-Boas days of 2011-2012 where his controversial attempted revolution made several enemies in the Chelsea camp: the ‘old guard’. Similar to Mourinho not because of the end result but in the way it had all imploded; erratic results, spiralling and surrendering out of competitions (etc.). And with Jose being sacked after his Christmas dinner at a time where Chelsea languished freakishly near the relegation zone, it was certainly blood on the players knives even at the last supper…  

 Jose Mourinho was sacked as Chelsea manager due to “palpable discord” according to technical director Michael Emenalo.

Mourinho’s actions in the 2015-2016 have definitely cast the player power hypothesis. Several actions have cast doubt into the minds of all is Chelsea fans of whether the players really wanted to play for Jose; one player most notably being quoted on record as “I would rather lose than win under Mourinho”. Connoting from this, loyalty towards the manager had evaporated- with the sad thing being Mourinho’s loyalty to them was stronger than ever in Chelsea’s darkest hours.

The sickening lack of passion from players such as Eden Hazard (a shadow of once the 2014-15 PFA POTY) and Nemanja Matic (whom was allowed a second coming to Chelsea in 2014 as part of Jose’s shopping list) is also something worth noting. A team that once understood each other and lifted the title in May had become the same side yet incoherent, inept and insipid. Yet from this fire, there has to be some smoke; players don’t drop off, or in Chelsea’s scenario absolutely veer off, like that- it is down (to an extent) to how they are managed. 

Mourinho’s abrasive nature was alleged to have ‘got to’ players and exacerbated by the climate of constant cycles of defeats, cup exits and disappointing performances. However, his loyalty to his players was poignant- sadly, you cannot say it was reciprocated by his players. Talk about ‘loyalty’…

  One of many dark hours for Mourinho- Chelsea were shocked 0-1 against Bournemouth.

Loaded but not Fired

This includes Mourinho’s awful handling of the Eva Carneiro (and Jon Fearn- not that the journalists ever seem to remember this) saga that had thrown Chelsea into disrepute. The axing of the Chelsea physios had allegedly infuriated first teamers- especially Mourinho’s reasoning (that the aforementioned female lacked understanding of the game). In the common workplace- given the accusations of sexism- the accused would be fired and with this being a valid reasons of misconduct, Abramovich wouldn’t have had to pay off Jose’s contract- a rumoured bumper £40m. Extremely interesting; the lack of trigger pulling had underlined Roman’s loyalty to Jose at a time of adversity (Chelsea languished in the bottom realms of the table) and controversy. The gun for Roman was loaded, yet (like Jose at the time) not fired.

  Eva Carniero and Jon Fearn were banished by Mourinho; allegedly causing dressing room unrest.

Old Guard, Old Ghosts

What also raises eyebrows was Mourinho’s conduct towards club legend John Terry; during the shambolic 3-0 defeat to Manchester City, Mourinho benched Terry at half-time, the first time EVER Terry had been taken off in both of Mourinho’s spells at Chelsea. The reasoning too was rather odd; that Terry lacked the pace Zouma (who had been substituted on) however this was the same player that had played every single minute of Chelsea’s smooth procession to the Premier League title just the season before.

This alone could be seen as humiliating John Terry. Ring any bells? A certain Mr Villas-Boas had voiceferous criticism for not just Terry but Lampard too- their supposed inability to keep up with the high pressing intense style of play Andre was hell-bent on implementing. Considering the conclusion of Andre’a tenure at Chelsea- dismal defeats and a p45 at Roman’s (and the dressing room’s) behest- the similarities to Jose’s predicament are stark. 

Once you dare to challenge the old guard, the old ghosts of overhaul and toxic player power come bleeding out- with tragic consequences for any manager incumbent.

  Humiliated in Manchester, Mourinho shockingly lambasted John Terry- could this have been crucial?

We Need to Talk About Jose…

With the truth of the dressing room and Jose Mourinho’s last weeks at Chelsea yet to be revealed/unraveled, one can only speculate on how the best manager in the world coupled with the champions of England (seemingly imperious) suffered a fall from grace of truly epic proportions.

One thing, however, remains both certain and constant: we can finger point at Hazard’s dismal deliveries, we can blast Ivanovic’s positioning but we have to and need to talk about Jose…

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