Friday 24 March 2017

Jose Mourinho sacked: Timeline of triumph and disaster for the Portuguese at Chelsea

Jose Mourinho has been sacked
Jose Mourinho has been sacked

Jose Mourinho's second spell at Chelsea was full of highs and lows.

- 3 June, 2013

Triumphant return


After a tumultuous spell at Real Madrid Jose Mourinho is unveiled as Chelsea manager for a second time, signing a four-year contract at Stamford Bridge. In his first press conference he announces that he is now ‘the happy one’.


-  11 May, 2014

Trophyless first season


Chelsea impress in patches in Mourinho’s first season back in England but finish third in Premier League, four points behind winners Manchester City. Manager sells two-time Chelsea player of the year Juan Mata to Manchester United for £37.1m.


-  Summer 2014

Key signings


Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas arrive at Chelsea and Thibaut Courtois is brought back from Atletico Madrid loan to take Petr Cech’s place as Mourinho re-shapes his Chelsea team. They begin the season impressively with a vibrant 3-1 win at newly-promoted Burnley.



- 1 March, 2015

First trophy


Chelsea are knocked out of the FA Cup surprisingly by Bradford City in January, but overcome Spurs at Wembley in the League Cup final to secure Mourinho’s first piece of silverware in second spell, and the club’s first trophy since the 2013 Europa League.



- 3 May 2015

The title


Chelsea win the Premier League with three games to spare with win against Crystal Palace. Mourinho is named manager of the season, his team having lost only for times. Manager signs a new four-year contract in August to keep him at club until 2019.


-  8 August 2015

Poor start, Carneiro chaos


After a 2-2 draw with Swansea on the opening day Mourinho admonishes doctor Eva Carneiro and physio Jon Fearn for treating Eden Hazard on the pitch as Chelsea hung on for a point in stoppage time. Row rumbles on, even after Carneiro quits club in September.


- 16 August, 2015

Defeat at title rivals


Chelsea are well beaten by Manchester City in 3-0 away defeat in second game of the Premier League season. Mourinho takes off captain John Terry at half time, the first time he has ever substituted the centre back in 177 games.


-  29 August, 2015

Home loss to Palace


After an encouraging win at West Brom with new signing Pedro shining, Mourinho succumbs to just his second home league defeat in 100 in charge of Chelsea. Radamel Falcao scores first goal for club to cancel out Crystal Palace opener, but Joel Ward wins it nine minutes from time for the visitors.


- 29 September, 2015

European failure


The Champions League had provided some respite for Mourinho until the trip to his former club Porto, where Chelsea went down to a 2-1 defeat. Fast-declining Branislav Ivanovic is responsible for Porto’s opening goal. Mourinho concedes that he is going through the worst period of his career.


- 3 October, 2015

More home woe

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Home fans round on Mourinho as his side are brushed aside 3-1 by Southampton at home. In seven minute rant following the game Mourinho claims that referees are “afraid” to award his team penalties, comments for which he will be fined £50,000 by the FA.


-  5 October, 2015

Dreaded vote of confidence


Chelsea take the unprecedented step of issuing a public vote of confidence in their manager, something that has never happened before during Roman Abramovich’s ownership of the club. Short statement on official Chelsea website says Mourinho still has club’s “full support”.


- 24 October, 2015

West Hammered


Horrible start to season reaches new low at Upton Park, where Chelsea lose 2-1, Nemanja Matic is sent off, Mourinho is sent to the stands and then papped by Eastenders actor Danny Dyer. Manager refuses to speak to the press afterwards as his future hangs in the balance.


-  27 October, 2015

League Cup pain


An improved performance in the League Cup fourth round at Stoke does not yield any better results, as Chelsea are sent crashing 5-4 on penalties. Eden Hazard misses the decisive spot-kick.


- 31 October 2015

Must-win... lost


Chelsea take an early lead in crucial match against Liverpool, but are pegged back in extended first half injury time by Philippe Coutinho. Brazilian adds a second to put Liverpool ahead at Stamford Bridge, and Christian Benteke adds a third to pile further pressure on Mourinho.



- 7 November, 2015

Stoke! Again!


Mourinho is banished to a hotel room as he serves a one-match stadium ban. He watches (on TV) an improved performance by his team, but once again they fall behind and once again they can't salvage anything from the game.


-  5 December, 2015

Cherries surprising


Champions lose their fourth league game of the season at Stamford Bridge to Eddie Howe's Bournemouth. Substitute Glenn Murray was on the pitch for just one minute 39 seconds before netting 82nd-minute winner.


- 14 December, 2015

No let-up at leaders Leicester


Leicester withstand a late Chelsea fightback to go 20 points clear of the champions at the top of the league. Chelsea, averaging less than one point per game, are a point above the relegation zone. Mourinho says he feels his players have "betrayed" his work.


- 17 December, 2015

Bye, bye Jose


Jose Mourinho's second stint at Stamford Bridge ends after he is sacked by Chelsea.

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