Thursday, January 25, 2007

Mourinho and Co. almost certain to leave Chelsea..

According to reports Jose Mourinho and his coaching staff are almost certain to leave Stamford Bridge this summer. For the second time in a week Romam Abramovich did not attend a Chelsea game when the Blues despatched Wycombe Wanderers en route to the Carling Cup final - the suggestion is that the gap between the manager and his employer is now unbridgeable - a parting of the ways looks inevitable.

Further to this The Times is claiming that Chelsea have made no attempt to talk about new terms with Jose’s coaching staff, which consists of Steve Clarke - coach, (has 20 years service at the club), Baltemar Brito, assistant manager, Silvino Louro - goalkeeping coach, Rui Faria - fitness coach, and AndrĂ© Villas Boas - chief scout.

The Times also claims that the blues are looking at replacements for Mourinho, names in the frame include Guus Hiddink, Didier Deschamps - Juventus coach, and Juan de la Cruz Ramos - Seville coach.

It is being reported that Mourinho will not tolerate internal meddling with regard to who his assistants are and over the last few weeks it has been reported that the Chelsea power-brokers would like to see Steve Clarke replaced. On this issue Mourinho is clear “I choose my assistants, if I am not happy, I tell the club to sack them or to change them. But my coaching staff is my responsibility. That’s not a quote, it’s a fact.”

From the outside looking in you do wonder how it has come to this, Chelsea appeared to have the almost perfect set-up, they have arguably the best young manager in the world, backed by one of the richest men in the world. The fall-out will be interesting to say the least and this situation must hinder the Blues chances of winning the Champions League and domestic honours this season.

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