After attending training session followed by the club’s Christmas lunch with players, Jose Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in a 10-minute meeting
London: Jose Mourinho’s sacking by Chelsea was depicted as an early Christmas carve up on Friday as the British press reported he had been let go after a holiday lunch with players.
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Mourinho's tumultuous second spell as Chelsea manager was ended 'by mutual consent' on Thursday, with the club's technical director Michael Emenalo revealing that squad disharmony was a significant factor.
According to reports, the Portuguese coach oversaw training at the Blues’ Cobham training ground and even attended the club’s annual Christmas lunch just hours before he was sacked.
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The reports add that Mourinho was told of his fate by chairman Bruce Buck and director Eugene Tenenbaum in a meeting which lasted just 10 minutes. A hooded man, presumably Mourinho, was then spotted being driven out of the club by a chauffeur. While earlier reports claimed this was the 52-year-old, publications like The Sun later pointed out that the man was not Mourinho.
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In essence, Mourinho will be put on 'gardening leave' and the club will continue paying him his salary until he finds employment at another club.
8 am (on Thursday): Mourinho meets coaching staff at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground to discuss Saturday’s EPL clash with Sunderland.
10 am: After having breakfast, players go for a team meeting.
10:30 am: Players begin their regular training session, which is overseen by Mourinho and his coaching staff.
12.30 pm: Players attend Chelsea’s annual Christmas lunch in the canteen where Mourinho shares a table with his coaching staff.
2 pm: Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck and director Eugene Tenenbaum arrive at the training ground. Mourinho is called for a meeting with the two officials, who are close confidants of owner Roman Abramovich. The meeting, which lasts for just 10 minutes, ends with Mourinho being sacked.
3:10 pm: Chelsea confirm Mourinho’s departure in a statement.
4 pm: A hooded man, presumed to be Mourinho, exits the Cobham training ground in a chauffeur-driven car. It is learnt Mourinho had spent the last two hours emptying his office of contents such as a life-sized cardboard cut-out of himself and his ‘Special One’ mug.