The Chosen Ones: Jose Mourinho's season of horrors at Chelsea
After he was sacked by Chelsea, here's a timeline of the 52-year-old Jose Mourinho's torrid times at the English Premier League winning side, both on and off the pitch...
August 8: Mourinho criticises Chelsea first-team doctor Carneiro and physiotherapist Jon Fearn for naivety in running on to the field to treat Eden Hazard in the opening-day draw with Swansea. Mourinho is cleared by the Football Association of abusing Carneiro, who then subsequently leaves Chelsea.
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August 16: Chelsea lose 0-3 away to Manchester City, with Mourinho substituting captain John Terry at half-time.
August 29: Mourinho's 100th EPL home match sees his side go down 1-2 to Crystal Palace.
Sep 12: The Blues lose again, this time they're beaten 1-3 at Everton.
Sep 19: Striker Diego Costa is banned retrospectively for a running feud with Arsenal defenders Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel in Chelsea's 2-0 win.
Sep 29: Chelsea lose 1-2 to Mourinho's old club FC Porto in the Champions League.
October 3: Following a fourth EPL loss, 1-3 to Southampton, Mourinho questions whether he will be sacked and subsequently receives a vote of confidence from Roman Abramovich. He is, though, hit with a £50,000 fine and suspended one-match ban for comments about the referee.
October 17: Mourinho criticises star player Hazard after dropping him to the bench for the 2-0 win over Aston Villa.
October 24: Chelsea lose again, 1-2 at West Ham, losing Nemanja Matic to a first-half red card. Mourinho does not emerge on the touchline for the second half, having also been sent off. He is later charged with misconduct.
October 27: Holders Chelsea are knocked out of the League Cup after losing their fourth-round tie to Stoke on penalties.
October 31: Chelsea suffer yet another defeat as Liverpool are 1-3 winners at Stamford Bridge.
Nov 2: It is learnt legal papers will be served on Mourinho as part of separate but connected claims against him and against the club by Carneiro.
Nov 7: With Mourinho absent from the game due to his ban, Chelsea lose 0-1 at Stoke — the club's seventh league loss of the campaign.
Nov 29: Costa is dropped to the substitutes' bench for the 0-0 draw at Tottenham and throws his bib in Mourinho's direction.
Dec 5: Blues go down 0-1 at home to Bournemouth.
Dec 14: Chelsea beaten 1-2 at Leicester, leaving Mourinho's men one point above the relegation zone after 16 matches — Chelsea's worst start to a season since 1978. Mourinho says after the game that his work was "betrayed" by his players.
Paris St Germain
Ambitious PSG look on course for their fourth successive domestic title in France, where Laurent Blanc has guided his men to a 17-point advantage at the top of Ligue 1. However, success in the Champions League has so far proved beyond them. Jose could be the missing piece in the puzzle and he may be enticed by PSG's spending power.
Mourinho's penchant for English football is well known and he has been linked with the post at Old Trafford before both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal took the reins. United are desperate to return to their perch atop of the English game and Mourinho has a proven track record of success; it could be a perfect marriage if a Van Gaal divorce is pushed through.
The Portuguese's bridges might have previously been burned in the Spanish capital, but he was at the helm when they secured their last La Liga title in 2012. Madrid are famed for dispensing of coaches and, if they lag behind Barcelona for another campaign, it would not be a huge shock to see them turn to Mourinho once more to try and wrestle back control.
This European powerhouse could soon have a managerial vacancy if Pep Guardiola elects to venture to England after this season. Like PSG, Bayern have a stronghold on their domestic title and are another club who have aspirations of winning the Champions League in a country where the much-travelled Mourinho is yet to manage.
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