WATCH: Chelsea FC's technical director talk on Jose Mourinho departure!
Emenalo confirmed that relations between the Portuguese and his squad had broken down.
New Delhi: Chelsea elected to sack Jose Mourinho after "palpable discord between manager and players" left the club "in trouble", Technical Director Michael Emenalo had revealed on Thursday.
Mourinho said that his players had "betrayed" his work after Monday's 2-1 defeat at Leicester City -- his last game in charge -- and Emenalo confirmed that relations between the Portuguese and his squad had broken down. "The facts of the matter remain that Chelsea Football Club is in trouble," he told Chelsea TV.
"The results are not good. There obviously seems to be a palpable discord between manager and players. We feel it was time to act."
He also added that, “The owner is forced to make what was a very tough decision for the good of the club," said the former Nigeria midfielder. Make no mistake about it, Chelsea Football Club, one of the biggest clubs in the world, is one point above relegation in the English Premier League. And that's not good enough.
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Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo discussed Jose Mourinho's departure with Chelsea TV this evening... https://t.co/UQDJ8at3Nx
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 17, 2015
Chelsea announced that Mourinho had left the club "by mutual consent" after a run of nine defeats in 16 games that has seen the Premier League champions slide to within a point of the relegation zone.