Jose Mourinho when he angrily confronted two senior members of the Chelsea board after their 2-1 defeat at West Ham on October 24 he had a chilling message for the owner Roman Abramovich.
Jose Mourinho’s words – ‘pay me and I will go’ -were taken so seriously during the volatile exchange that the lawyers acting for Chelsea were immediately put on notice. Jose Mourinho’s exit, which was confirmed shortly after he was summoned to a meeting with chairman Bruce Buck and director Eugene Tenenbaum in the main building at the training ground, has been in the works since that explosive moment at Upton Park.
Jose Mourinho demanded the full payout, with more than £40m due on the new four-year contract that had been announced, deliberately, one day before the start of their Premier League defence against Swansea.
On Thursday afternoon that deal was torn up when Abramovich confirmed that the lawyers acting for Chelsea and Mourinho had reached an agreement for the Special One to leave once again.
Mourinho has been on the warpath for weeks. When the FA’s independent regulatory commission banned him from the Britannia Stadium for the 1-0 defeat against Stoke City on November 7, Mourinho was told in a meeting with Abramovich that he had to stop criticising match officials and his players and show some dignity in defeat.
It is the reason Mourinho somehow kept his emotions in check after he claimed his team should have had a penalty against Bournemouth and claimed Glenn Murray’s winner was offside. His downfall can be traced to Costa’s spectacular row with Mourinho in front of the first team players after he returned to training a day late following the 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace that won them them title.
Costa had been in Spain partying with friends and Mourinho had shown him a social media picture of him in Spain during the volatile scenes between the pair. The entire exchange between Mourinho and Costa was in Spanish, with the overseas stars acting as interpreters for the English contingent during the incredible scenes. Costa was dropped for the following game at Liverpool. Back on the training ground Mourinho had taken to delegating responsibility to his staff, rarely engaging with anyone who was on the fringes of the first team.
The Chelsea manager would often amble out towards the small group of players, chat to some of the coaching staff, and leave them to it. For that reason, he lost the respect of the fringe players.
After Mourinho’s departure, there is already talk at the club of ‘rebuilding’ Ruben Loftus-Cheek, the young player whose confidence has been destroyed by the Portuguese coach. It is safe to say that there is not a single person in the academy building who is shedding a tear for the Special One.