Jose Mourinho’s second stint as manager of Chelsea has come to an unceremonious end as the club finds itself flirting with relegation halfway through the 2015-16 season despite a payroll in excess of £190 million (the third highest in the EPL).
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.
For those of you who aren’t familiar, Mourinho has developed a bit of a reputation as European football’s Donald Trump, slighting his competitors without provocation (Arsene Wenger, ahem) while lodging hypocritical complaints when others do the exact same things that have defined his controversial career. Arguing calls, stalling, flopping — if it’s something people don’t like about the sport, Jose Mourinho does it all without remorse but whines when he’s on the receiving end of it.
Some might call him candid, most call him arrogant, but it’s undeniable that homeboy has a serious pair of cojones on him. His chats with media consistent yield moments that deserve their own wing in the international press conference hall of fame. His in-game outburst are even more ridiculous.
So, seeing as he’s been sent packing by Roman Abramovich for the second time, it’s only fair that we take a look back at some of the moments that have helped mold the world’s opinion of a man — who’s seen unparalleled success at the highest levels of managing, mind you — and point and laugh because he obviously doesn’t give a shit what anyone else thinks.