Chelsea were headed for Relegation

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M2At long last, Roman Abramovich has brought the axe down on Jose Mourinho after the Portuguese drove the Blues towards the relegation zone.

Without the support of the fans and his glimmering reputation, the move would have been made considerably earlier.

However, regardless of Mourinho’s track record, with the winter bringing little respite from the turmoil, he simply had to go. Considering Chelsea usually sack managers if they don’t make the top five, Mourinho should be thankful he lasted so long with the Blues in mid-table.

Barring John Terry’s emotional Instagram post, the reception to the decision has been largely positive. There can be no denying that the ‘Special One’ has alienated the majority of the squad this season.

If Mourinho had stayed at the club, the struggles would have only continued. Chelsea may have even faced the unthinkable prospect of relegation if they hadn’t moved to depose of the 52-year-old.

The Blues may seem a club too good to be relegated, but you can’t deny that their form is reminiscent of a side teetering on the trap door to the Championship.

Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard playing a league game away to Rotherham United may seem an astonishing thought, but a vision that could’ve come true.

Under Mourinho, Chelsea were simply nose-diving. Whilst the fans, through the turmoil, always dismissed relegation, the reality is that the Stamford Bridge side are in unprecedented turmoil.

The ‘Special One’ is considered by many as one of the great managers of all time, but moulding a championship winning side into relegation candidates greatly diminishes this viewpoint.

Fans should join the players in being pleased about the departure. Mourinho is a club legend but his aura shouldn’t constitute acceptance of diabolical form.

He was given more than enough time to muster a string of victories but to little avail and as a result, Abramovich had to intervene.

The move must be seen as a step in the right direction as well as a substantial relief, because under Mourinho there were nothing but negative stories engulfing the club.

Chelsea have finally snapped and although the decision may have arrived months too late for a top four offensive, the grass looks greener for the Blues.

The change needed for resurgence has fruited and for Chelsea’s sake it proves a resoundingly positive move. Because, as unbelievable as it may seem, if Mourinho had remained at his post, the club would have faced a spectacular drop to the Championship.



Kobe Tong, YJA Senior Correspondent