Jose Mourinho thrown under the bus he parked


Mourinho looks set for his stint as an X Factor judge. ANSA/MATTEO BAZZI/DC

Chelsea have fired manager Jose Mourinho after he took the London club to 16th position in the Premier League after 16 games. The reigning champions have won just four matches this season whilst losing nine, meaning they sit just a single point above the relegation zone.

The decision by the Chelsea board seemed an obvious one. Your team isn’t doing well, especially considering the calibre of players that the Blues have, so you get rid of the man in charge.

The simple question is: why?

You can look at the failings of the club this season: 16th in the Premier League, a leaky defence, a misfiring front line and a lack of a League Cup run, and it all seems bad.  But in some form of cruel irony, Mourinho appears to have been thrown under the bus he parked.

The manager does have to take a certain degree of responsibility for Chelsea’s form in the last few months, but also a lot of it has to fall on his players. Let’s take a look at the main culprits:

Diego Costa – He banged in 20 league goals last season, but Costa has found the target just three times whilst picking up four yellow cards this time around.

Pedro – The Spaniard should have been a great signing as Chelsea looked to bolster their attack that scored 73 goals last season, but he has hit the back of the net just once in the league and has looked like a shadow of the player that was bought for £21 million.

The defence – John Terry and Gary Cahill formed one of the most formidable partnerships in recent years last season, but now they look like Terry has messed around with Cahill’s missus and don’t want to know each other. Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta have been mediocre at best, whilst Kurt Zouma has been unsurprisingly poor, which are all contributing factors to Chelsea conceding a sixth-worst 26 goals this season.

The list continues with the likes of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Oscar also not performing in the way everyone knows they can. Mind you, they’re probably all sick of Jose telling everyone to get behind the ball and park the bus instead of actually attacking, which is a tactic that would work for them this season.

Only one player this season actually looks like he gives a damn, and that person is Willian. Perhaps a bit of a shock to some, the lively winger has been the driving force of most of Chelsea’s attacks this season despite only being involved in three league goals. However he has been the reason they got out of their Champions League group, putting in outstanding performances every week on his way to scoring five goals.

Back to the Special One. He has definitely made some bad decisions in recent memory, most notably in the summer transfer window. He only added Radamel Falcao, who couldn’t find water if he fell off a cruise ship, Pedro (see above), whilst Kenedy and Baba Rahman were signed for no discernible reason.

There was also the Dr. Eva Carneiro fiasco, which is still ongoing although tumours suggest she may return to the club now that Mourinho has been fired.

However. All this should not lead to the firing of one of the best mangers in the world right now, for the simple reason that there is no one as good to replace him with. The only candidates on Jose’s level are Pep Guardiola, who seems set to leave Bayern Munich in summer, and Carlo Ancelotti, would be returning for a second spell. They’re both reasons why neither would go to Chelsea, at least right now, which leaves them to hunt around the managers without a job.

Brendan Rodgers, Garry Monk and Tim Sherwood are the only managers of note who are available, and are any of those really going to be able to lead Chelsea out of the mire they find themselves in? Not likely.