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He's Gone

Yep, Jose Mourinho quit Chelsea. Or was fired. Unclear. Two quick links:

- A less-is-more statement from the club.

- A report from the Times of London, which includes this tidbit: "He is believed to have phoned Frank Lampard before sending text messages to several other players, telling them only that he had had enough and would not see them again."

(When Joe Gibbs leaves the Redskins, who will he text?)

Ok, discuss.

By Jon DeNunzio  |  September 19, 2007; 11:30 PM ET
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Congressman Heath Shuler!

Posted by: diego r. | September 19, 2007 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Mourinho would look great in a Red Bulls kit, playing in the midfield with Reyna. DP, DP, DP!

Posted by: Logan Circle | September 20, 2007 12:02 AM | Report abuse

oh to be a fly on the wall during that last meeting with Mourinho and Abramovich.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 20, 2007 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Obviously, Mourinho left Chelsea to take over another Superclub.

Posted by: Kenobi | September 20, 2007 12:30 AM | Report abuse


I think I'm going to go a certain unnamed website and start that rumor.

Posted by: B.A. | September 20, 2007 1:04 AM | Report abuse

When I first heard this at the top of Fox Soccer Report, I couldn't believe it. I gotta admit, it caught me be surprise. Oh well, I don't like Chelsea anyways. ESPN is saying it was mutual now?

Posted by: sitruc | September 20, 2007 1:56 AM | Report abuse

I can't stand Chelsea, or more precisely, I can't stand Abramovich, but I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing. Mourinho was a jerk and a loudmouth, but he was a damn good manager. But of course with the clout that oodles of money brings, Abramovich can probably have his pick of top class managers, including ones that may not be so hotheaded.

Here's hoping that Abramovich's continued meddling means that his attempt to buy major trophies will continue to fail, and that Putin will eventually poison his soup for some obscure reason.

Posted by: uranderson | September 20, 2007 2:16 AM | Report abuse

Well, I suppose that leaves it to Fabio Capello.

So that's why he was meeting with Gulati in London....he must've heard about the possibility of the opening and sought out his advice.

Posted by: spectre | September 20, 2007 2:30 AM | Report abuse

Frank Yallop to Chelsea

Posted by: sitruc | September 20, 2007 2:41 AM | Report abuse

not sure that this is in any way realistic/plausible, but...

Mourinho to US national team?

Posted by: Peter | September 20, 2007 3:14 AM | Report abuse

I don't see Mourinho in the US in any way any time soon. Was rather shocked when I opened Espn Soccernet late last night and saw that.
Anyway....there is a good article by Boswell on RFK and its "imminent demise," at least as a baseball stadium. He gives note to DCU that they will stay and that they are champions. Could be worth a thread to discuss the stadium and the memories in invokes for everyone.
I remember seeing Cruyff/Diplomats (but not 30,000 fans as some columnists seem to remember ;-) ), Redskins v Cowboys, Skins games during the strike, DCU for the last 8 or 9 years, US qualifiers, (missed the World Cup on Navy duty) Soccer Bowl 1980 and soon MLS Cup 2007.
Bos is right, just saying RFK means a lot of things to me and I think to most of the members of my family.
Article here

Posted by: marksman | September 20, 2007 4:43 AM | Report abuse

When I saw the reference to an article by Boswell, I thought you referring to a certain central defender's blog. Now that I've gotten past that, I thought it curious that the other Boswell's only reference to DCU is buried near the end. Further, he starts out by saying he will never be setting foot in Estadio RFK again. Why not? There will still be numerous occasions to do so, starting with MLS Cup 2007. Maybe there will be another USA-Argentina friendly in the next couple of years, who knows? I think the idea of a thread to share RFK memories is a good one for a slow period, which unfortunately this is not.

Speaking of which, not seeing a separate thread, I guess this is where we will be dealing with Thursday WWC action. Canada jumped ahead of Australia after about a minute; Norway got on the board quickly against Ghana.

Posted by: Section 410 | September 20, 2007 5:29 AM | Report abuse

Norway is not having any problems scoring goals in this match . . . wonder what the final total will be

Posted by: emanon | September 20, 2007 6:30 AM | Report abuse

I put my WWC in the last China thread... What a finish to Canada-Australia.

Wasn't it just yesterday that Sage Steel had her hair straightened?

Posted by: sitruc | September 20, 2007 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Emanon: I hope that at some point you (and anyone else watching Ghana-Norway) switched over to Australia-Canada, which was a real nailbiter with a dramatic finish.

Posted by: Section 410 | September 20, 2007 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Norway wins the group after beating Ghana 7:2 and Australia moves on after a stoppage time equalizer in a 2:2 draw with Canada.

Posted by: sitruc | September 20, 2007 7:04 AM | Report abuse

I knew Australia-Canada was the matchup to watch today, but that ending was great. I couldn't understand why Australia backed off their attack when they got their well deserved first goal. Australia was the better team and created the better opportunities although I wasn't impressed by their defense. It was almost inevitable that Canada would get that second goal when the Aussies backed off. Then the Matildas began to play again. Just how that goal was created made it one of the best goals of the tournament. Canada was so close to moving on and then Australia decided they wanted to play another game.

Posted by: sitruc | September 20, 2007 7:09 AM | Report abuse

Some familiar faces there. Cheryl Salisbury, who saved the day for the Matildas, is a WUSA alum (New York Power), and Canada was stocked with products of NCAA programs from front (Christine Sinclair, Portland) to back (Erin McLeod, Penn State). Sinclair and McLeod are both recent graduates of their respective universities, and I believe Kara Lang is still at UCLA; Jodi-Ann Robinson is all of 18. We haven't seen the last of the Hosers.

Posted by: Section 410 | September 20, 2007 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Boswell is a jerk. I'm glad he won't be coming back because the smell was becoming overwhelming.

Posted by: Hoost | September 20, 2007 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Brasil is getting to rest some of their folks, especially those who are carrying cards. They will probably be the most rested of the quarterfinalists (save Germany, perhaps). Also, the pitch in Hangzhou looks to be in pretty good shape, considering given that Hangzhou was, if anything, hit worse than Shanghai when the typhoon blew through.

Posted by: Section 410 | September 20, 2007 8:12 AM | Report abuse

The Chelsea news is not shocking, given the friction that's been there for a while. But Abramovich is an idiot for doing it so early in a new campaign. Either you knew you were gonna do it, and you should have done it in the off-season, or you should give the guy a month or so to see what he can do. Sounds an awful lot like a Washington sports franchise owner I know ...

Posted by: Matte | September 20, 2007 8:13 AM | Report abuse

IDK my BFF Drogba?

Posted by: R | September 20, 2007 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Denmark has had their chances, but Brazil is really just toying with them. It's just a matter of time before the floodgates open and China takes over the New Zealand game if that match continues as is.

Posted by: sitruc | September 20, 2007 8:26 AM | Report abuse

The Special One is on the open market?


Posted by: d, dc | September 20, 2007 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Scoreless at half in the Group D matches...

Posted by: sitruc | September 20, 2007 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Boswell is premature in his epitaph for RFK. I was kinda pissed reading his article. The memories were great, but the doors are not yet closed, and the place still rocks *when filled with the right fans*...

Maybe he should have written a farewell to the sod-over-the-infield crap that we've had to endure these past years. That, my friends, is something well worth saying "seeya!" to!

See y'all at the "not dead yet" RFK next Wednesday.

Posted by: "I'm not dead yet" | September 20, 2007 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Is Lalas flying to London with bags of money? Watch your back Frankie.

Posted by: Glenn | September 20, 2007 8:54 AM | Report abuse

I am crushed, devastated, and only recently stopped crying. Although Chelsea often plays things safe on the pitch, I could always expect something...special...from the SPECIAL ONE. He made me laugh, he made me cry, he made me angry and he will be sorely missed on this side of the pond.

Posted by: Drogba's Girl | September 20, 2007 8:56 AM | Report abuse

* Canada -- Big Red semifinalists in 03 fail to advance, they have great personnel. Is Pellerud done?

* Kara Lang -- UCLA -- poster on chat yesterday said Gabarra for WNT. Wouldn't the UCLA coach be among the next group of front-runners? Doesn't she coach the u20s or u21s?

* Hope Powell v. Greg Ryan.

* All those Arsenal players on their roster, is there a lesson for womens' league re-launch, or not?

* RFK -- Grateful Dead.

Posted by: WNT fan | September 20, 2007 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Bradley better watch his back... Im sure the first thing on Mr. X Chelsea's mind after sending his last text message was "good, now I can go to the US and coach and get out of the spotlight..."

He wouldn't know what to do if he didn't have the best players in the world on his team. In fact, he had most of them and they still didn't look so great... relatively speaking.....

Anyway, who would want that job now?

Posted by: Hacksaw | September 20, 2007 8:58 AM | Report abuse

So when does Real Madrid make their opening bid for Mourinho?

Posted by: RK | September 20, 2007 8:58 AM | Report abuse

With the cross US and then cross Atlantic flight, Lalas might arrive too late to the party with his money bags . . .

Mourinho to return to Portugal (?),,2173339,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=5

Posted by: emanon | September 20, 2007 9:00 AM | Report abuse

You know you are bad when Carey Talley takes your PKs (RSL) can do better, Garth!

Posted by: RK | September 20, 2007 9:12 AM | Report abuse

China has finally broken through and scored a goal. It came on a header in the box from a free kick.

Posted by: sitruc | September 20, 2007 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Chelsea moved swiftly today following the shock departure of Jose Mourinho as they announced that director of football Avram Grant and assistant manager Steve Clarke will take charge of the first team. Chelsea confirmed in a statement: 'The club is delighted that in Avram we have an experienced man who can come in immediately at this difficult time to help deliver our objectives.'

Posted by: RK | September 20, 2007 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Denmark has not only progress in this tournament at stake, but also Olympic qualification. Incidentally, we apparently won't be seeing Kelly Smith and the other limeys in the Olympics (

Another familiar face: Pretinha (ex-Freedom) off the bench for Brasil. (Extra credit if you can pronounce her name correctly, which the BSPN announcers evidently cannot.)

Posted by: Section 410 | September 20, 2007 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Goff just started a new thread. Let's take the WWC talk there.

Posted by: Section 410 | September 20, 2007 9:26 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Soy United! | September 20, 2007 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Actually, pre-CHEEN-ya.

Posted by: Section 410 | September 20, 2007 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Yup, you're right.

How about Fred?

Posted by: Soy United! | September 20, 2007 9:38 AM | Report abuse

"Kara Lang -- UCLA -- poster on chat yesterday said Gabarra for WNT."

That was I. Gabarra has won two titles. IIRC, he has 3 daughters. So he should know how to motivate women players. I've met him once and he's a likeable person.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | September 20, 2007 9:45 AM | Report abuse

re: "Mourinho was a jerk and a loudmouth"

As a Chelsea fan, I definitely admired Jose as a coach, but I was also embarrassed by some of his statements. I never enjoy hearing players or coaches referring to an opponent as a "cheat" or vilifying a referee. (Yes, we all criticize refs, but Jose sometimes went further and suggested intent behind bad calls.)

What I enjoyed most about Mourinho's comments was his ability to get to Arsene Wenger and, to a lesser degree, SAF. When I first began following Chelsea (back in the Ranieri days), I was amazed at how much and how well Ferguson and Wenger used pre-match comments to get into the heads of their opponents.

Then came Mourinho, and the battle among the coaches was sometimes better (and bloodier) than the ones on the fields. BBC commentators often applauded his fresh and lively statements, until the comments about cheats and bad referees made him sound like a whiner. Jose cleaned up a lot of that midway through last season, and to the end though, he was always good for an entertaining quote.

Posted by: ho | September 20, 2007 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Definitely doesnt come as a shock, but regardless of the fact that he was annoying, he was/is a damn good coach. Very few coaches can deal with the amount of superstar players that are at Chelski and keep them in check and deflect any pressure off of them and towards himself.

Ultimately he paid the price for not winning the Champions League and it now remains to be seen what the new Chelski regime will do now that he's gone.

I say Mourinho sits out the rest of the year and depending on vacancies in the summer can end up with the usual big name clubs:

Inter - Mancini will have to take Inter deep into the CL and possibly win the Serie A to keep his job;

Real Madrid - Marca is already reporting that there is talk from Schuster about quitting in June.

Barcelona - Barca has been lackluster in general the last year and Rikjaard is under pressure to win the League or CL this year, and Mourinho was assistant coach at Barcelona when Bobby Robson was there


Juventus - Not sold on Ranieri at the club


Bayern Munich - Hitzfeld can only work for so long, guy was already in retirement mode before deciding to come back due to the Bayern crisis last year and he's only signed through this year.

Posted by: Vic | September 20, 2007 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Forgot to mention, or possibly taking over the Portuguese national team, depending on Portugals performance at the Euro (if they qualify).

Posted by: Vic | September 20, 2007 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Real Madrid is 3-0 with a brand spankin' new manager. I doubt they'd dump him for Mourinhio, but they've done some stupid things before. Martin Jol is struggling and may be on his way out soon. So Mourinho in Tottenham is a possibility. He won't have to move or learn a new language.

Jose in San Jose? :-)

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | September 20, 2007 10:20 AM | Report abuse

"Bos is right, just saying RFK means a lot of things to me and I think to most of the members of my family."

Right on Marksman. My sentiments exactly. I cant imagine DC without RFK. Its just a big part of the city to me.

Posted by: the cheat | September 20, 2007 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I-270, Exit 1,

except that it is Schuster himself stating that he might leave. its not coming from the club, but from Schuster himself.

long season, to early to determine what will happen come may, but "real madrid" and "coaching stability" are oxymorons if you ask me.

Spurs? not ambitious enough. he wont go to Spurs.

Posted by: Vic | September 20, 2007 11:01 AM | Report abuse

... the SPECIAL ONE. He made me laugh, he made me cry......

Posted by: Drogba's Girl | September 20, 2007 08:56 AM

So you're saying watching Mourinho manage is like watching the musical, "Cats"?

Posted by: Winoman | September 20, 2007 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Vic: I didn't know that. Thanks.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | September 20, 2007 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Boz's article woulda been much more apropos if RFK were on the verge of being torn down.

Posted by: Juan-John | September 20, 2007 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm not exactly heartbroken. It throws Chelsea into disarry right before the United match this weekend. Good for United, good for the rest of the league. And people like Lampard may not come back next year. Excellent.

Posted by: Deanna | September 20, 2007 2:09 PM | Report abuse

And following the shock news, the club released an "open letter to its fans" to thank supporters for their "patience and understanding during what has been a difficult time".

The statement said: "It is only right that we explain the reasons behind Jose Mourinho leaving Chelsea and also recognise the immense contribution he has made to the club and to English football.

"Early this morning we announced that Chelsea and Jose Mourinho had agreed to part company by mutual consent.

"The key phrase here is that there was mutual agreement. Jose did not resign and he was not sacked.

For more:

Posted by: emanon | September 20, 2007 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Good post ho, that more or less echoes my thoughts on Mourinho, yes he was a loudmouth but in his way he was entertaining, esp after he got over his habit of making really indecent and slandarous accusations.

This article sums up the history nicely I think:

"...Chelsea went on to win the title by 12 points from Arsenal, scoring 72 goals and conceding just 15, and followed it up with another title the next season, finishing nine points ahead of Manchester United.

Then it all started to go wrong.

Mourinho no longer seemed to have full control of team matters and £30million was spent on AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko.

Chelsea changed their winning formation to accomodate the Ukrainian and subsequently lost their Premiership. Along the way Shevchenko scored just 14 goals in 51 games...."

Looking at it that way, Abramovich was as much to blame for Chelsea's downturn as anything Mourinho did or didn't do. Basically he forced him to adjust a winning formation to accomadate a pet player. And of course undermining the manager's authority brings with it a whole host of other problems. If I was in Mourinho's shoes I would've quit too.

This kind of interference will probably continue, as it's now being suggested that a yes-man like Avram could take his place. All the money in the world won't win trophies if your club is "managed" indirectly by some clueless owner.

Posted by: uranderson | September 20, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

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