'Player discord' behind Mourinho exit - Emenalo

It was between the board and the manager during his first term with Chelsea and something along similar lines towards the end of his tenure at Inter, before clashes between the manager and Galacticos such as Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid. It got me thinking: what might be the reasons behind the fall from grace for "The Special One" and his team of champions? John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic are the wrong side of 30, exhausted and wasted legs contributing to their dip in form, but players like Cesar Azpilicueta, Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard, Oscar and Diego Costa have all gone missing during matches at the same time.

"While there is huge sentiment for the individual who has done so much for the club, the fact of the matter is that Chelsea Football Club is in trouble", said Emenalo.

He survived a first trophyless season back at Stamford Bridge before cruising to the title in May. However, his second dismissal from Chelsea has only added to the perception that he is a coach who delivers a short-term fix before leaving acrimoniously. It happened to Dortmund last season. Hiddink was previously "caretaker manager" for the club in 2009.

In addition, Chelsea were also knocked out of the League Cup earlier in the season by Stoke City, ending their hopes of defending the trophy.

This season is a different story.

Mourinho accused several of his players of betraying him after Monday's 2-1 defeat at Leicester, but Bilic insisted he has never seen top-level players purposely underachieving. With Chelsea having swept to the title by eight points last season, their collapse has baffled pundits.

There has been no official word on a replacement for Mourinho.

Overall, Mourinho has won 21 major trophies.

First hired by Chelsea in 2004, Mourinho won the league twice before a fall-out led to his firing three years later.

He was brought back in 2013 by Abramovich in an attempt to restore unity to the club following the divisiveness caused by the appointment of Rafa Benitez as interim manager, who was regularly jeered by fans.

That changed in his first full season at Porto, winning the league, Portuguese Cup and UEFA Cup in 2003.

The joy lasted only a few months.

The messy September exit of Dr Eva Carneiro, now taking action against the club, after being branded "naive" by Mourinho in August, has been viewed externally as causing extra unrest.

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