Chelsea: ‘Palpable discord’ between Jose & players

Matt Stead

Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo says “a palpable discord between manager and players” was behind the departure of Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho parted ways with the Blues on Thursday just seven months after winning the Premier League title, with Chelsea one point above the relegation zone after 16 matches.

The Portuguese has endured a controversial and troubled season, and Chelsea chief Emenalo has opened up on the reasons behind his exit.

“Whilst there is huge sentiment for the individual who has done so much for the club, the fact of the matter remains that Chelsea Football Club are in trouble,” he told Chelsea TV.

“It was decision taken to protect the interests of the club.

“The results are not good and there obviously seemed to be a palpable discord between manager and players and we feel it was time to act.

“The owner was forced to make a very tough decision which is for the good of the club.”One of the biggest clubs in the world is one point above relegation in the Premier League and that’s not good enough.”Any fans, even those who do not have any affiliation with the club, can understand that this club is in trouble and something needed to be done.”

Emenalo also moved to dismiss any reports of player unrest at Stamford Bridge, adding: “They played to instruction. They adhered to everything that the manager asked them to do.

“It’s very easy to make that kind of inference but it’s not one that the club accepts.

“Obviously we know now that the players have a responsibility to go out and prove everyone wrong and show a certain level of commitment to the decision that has been made tonight.

“To try to get the club up the league table. That’s what they have to do. That’s what they’re supposed to do. I believe that’s what they’ve been trying to do.”

Guus Hiddink has emerged as the favourite to be appointed interim manager until the end of the season, and the Dutchman could even make his Stamford Bridge return before Saturday’s clash with Sunderland.

“You’re not a big club if you don’t have contingency plans for situations like this,” Emenalo said. “We’re a big club that have quality coaches embedded within the club. I think we will be OK for Saturday.

“We will have competent people come up and help with the preparation for the game on Saturday. Make no mistake about it, the club is working vigorously and actively to make sure that the situation in regards to a managerial appointment is taken care of as soon as possible.”