Jose Mourinho is jumping back on the horse as quickly as he can.
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On Saturday a statement was released by the agencies which look after the 52-year-old former Chelsea manager — the Blues fired Mourinho on Thursday just seven months after he won the Premier League title with them but following a dreadful run of nine defeats in 16 games to start this season — and they confirmed it was Chelsea who fired Mourinho and there was nothing particularly mutual about his exit.
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It also revealed that he will not be taking a sabbatical away from the game and the Portuguese coach was spotted in the stands at a second-tier game between Brighton and Middlesbrough on Saturday morning.
Here’s the statement from his corepresentatives at Creative Artists Agency Sports and Polaris Sports.
“He [Jose] will not be taking a sabbatical, he isn’t tired, he doesn’t need it. He is very positive and is already looking forward,” the statement said. “Jose Mourinho is pleased that he returned to Chelsea because he was able to give the fans another Premier League title, which they had not won for many years. He is immensely proud of his eight trophies at Chelsea, and thanks the fans for all their support throughout his two spells at the club.
“During his career, Jose has sometimes chosen to leave a club, but only at Chelsea has the club decided that he should leave. Because of his love of football, you will see Jose at football grounds working and supporting friends. He will not be attending any high-profile games because he wants to discourage any speculation about his future. Jose will remain living in London and hopes he and his family will be given the opportunity to do this privately. Jose will not speak about his current situation for the foreseeable future”
So, that’s a lot to break down given the two days of speculation surrounding Mourinho’s supposed “mutual” exit from Stamford Bridge.
One of the biggest nuggets to come from this statement is the fact that Mourinho was pushed out of Chelsea and he wanted to remain to turn around a terrible situation which leaves the Blues just one point above the relegation zone.
With sources telling ProSoccerTalk on Friday that leading men Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas led the charge for Mourinho to get fired after Chelsea’s technical directer Micheal Emenalo cited “palpable discord” between Mourinho and his players, it seems like Mourinho was given the sole blame for the Blues’ dreadful start to this season.
The fact that he plans to remain living in London is also telling, as he clearly sees the chance to manage in the Premier League coming up soon. Fans of Manchester United will be sitting up and taking notice of this statement and Mourinho’s current situation.
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