Mourinho gets the boot, but has been Chelsea’s most successful manager


Chelsea have sacked manager Jose Mourinho seven months after he led the London team to a league and league cup double.

In two spells at the club, Jose Mourinho has been Chelsea’s most successful manager, winning three Premier League titles.

But a 2-1 defeat to league leaders Leicester on Monday left the team one point above the relegation zone.


Have a look aback at some of Jose Mourinho’s most controversial moments as a manager in England, Spain, Portugal and Italy.

Jose Mourinho first hit the headlines in the UK when he ran down the touchline at Old Trafford as Porto manager.
His team had just equalised against Manchester United in the Champions League and beat them over two legs.

His “up ’em” attitude would annoy many a manager over the coming years.
But after just a few months the head of Uefa’s referees committee Volker Roth had called the Portuguese coach an “enemy of football”.


He’d wrongly accused Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard of visiting referee Anders Frisk at half-time during their 2-1 defeat to the Catalan side in the Champions League.

“When I saw Frank Rijkaard entering the referee’s dressing room I couldn’t believe it,” he said at the time. “When Didier Drogba was sent off I wasn’t surprised.”

He was fined £8,900 and given a two-match touchline ban.

A month later he was fined £5,000 for calling Manchester United players cheats.

In June 2005 he was fined £75,000, for meeting then-Arsenal player Ashley Cole, without his club’s consent.

Two memorable but controversial moments in his first spell at Chelsea came after Mourinho’s ban following that Barcelona match.

He was given a touchline ban by Uefa for his team’s quarter-final against Bayern Munich – home and away.

He was apparently smuggled into the home dressing room in the first leg in a laundry basket and then out again before the end of their 4-2 win.

Chelsea fitness coach Rui Faria had also been spotted using an earpiece hidden under a woolly hat in the first half and then goalkeeping coach Silvinho Louro was seen going in and out of the dressing room in the second half.

Jose Mourinho also had a go at then Tottenham coach Jacques Santini making his infamous “parking the bus” comment after a 0-0 draw.

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