Most pundits reckon Chelsea have made a mistake in sacking their three-time Premier League winning manager, but our former centre-back Jamie Carragher thinks Roman Abramovich made the right decision.
Following Chelsea’s defeat to Leicester on Monday night, the Russian oligarch, who had so far remained faithful with the controversial Portuguese, felt enough was enough. Chelsea are currently 16th, one point clear of the relegation zone, having lost nine of their 16 matches this season – including a home fixture against us at the end of October.
“He did a fantastic job and maybe didn’t get the recognition he deserved really, because Chelsea had been out of the running for the title for a few years before he came back,” Carragher told the Echo.
“This season, with the way that he manages, he’s very demanding of the players, he doesn’t accept defeat, he’s hung them out to dry publicly. I think he’s probably tried everything as a manager to get results and it hasn’t worked.
“It’s probably been the most difficult time of his career and he’s been left thinking: ‘What do I do next?’ because we’ve never seen him in this situation where he’s struggling for results and people are questioning him.
“I don’t think they’ve made a mistake [sacking him]. I’m a massive fan of Jose Mourinho, but the way the results were going couldn’t continue for a team that’s had so much success under an owner whose very trigger happy. So something had to change.
“The results have been really poor, but [Abramovich] has maybe given him a bit longer than he gave previous managers.
“So though it is sad to see him leave the Premier League, it was the only decision to be made really.”
So what will it mean to Liverpool? Difficult to say, but traditionally, Abramovich’s sackings and constant manager upheaval hasn’t affected the club negatively.
Sky Sports speculate that Guss Hiddink will take over until the end of the season, when Pep Guardiola might become available…
The legendary Bayern boss could leave Germany at the end of the season, but the Blue would face competition from Manchester City for his signature, ESPN report.
Bring them on, we say. We wouldn’t swap Jurgen Klopp for any manager in the world.