It all ended in tears for Jose Mourinho for a second time at Chelsea as he left the club on Thursday afternoon.
He is, in general, a results machine but he arguably oversteps the mark too frequently.
He clearly didn’t leave Real Madrid on the best terms and, over the last two months, his players just haven’t seemed unified. For whatever reason his position has become untenable and Chelsea will now look to recruit another, (probably) highly expensive manager.
They can look to a couple of top quality, out of work coaches, if they want to make a strong interim appointment straight away.
Carlo Ancelotti has been out of work since leaving Real Madrid. But he has been strongly linked with a move to Bayern Munich at the end of the season and he may not fancy re-joining the club that abruptly sacked him, even though he won the double with Chelsea just months prior.
Guus Hiddink is another who did excellent work at Chelsea and he could be a realistic interim bet – he remains one of the smartest coaches in wold football at 69.
Indeed The Telegraph today stated that:
Jose Mourinho sacked by Chelsea: live – Guus Hiddink will take over as caretaker manager
Jose Mourinho was sacked as Chelsea manager on Thursday afternoon after a dreadful run of results which has left his side stranded in 16th place in the Premier League table. Chelsea will now look to Guus Hiddink, as reported by Telegraph Sport on Wednesday, to replace the manager on a short-term basis.
This may well turn out to be a short-term appointment and Chelsea could turn their attentions to Pep Guardiola or Diego Simeone in the summer.
Guardiola’s Bayern Munich contract expires at the end of the season and there has also been speculation that Diego Simeone is being lined up for the Chelsea hot seat.