Thursday, September 20, 2007

Goodbye to the Special One

"Oh My God!"
My family wondered what had happened when I logged onto the BBC News Web site last night and let out a shout of surprise.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho had sensationally left the club, 24 hours after a draw with Norway's Rosenborg in the Champions League.
So Mourinho, the self-styled "Special One" had led Chelsea to two Premier League titles since joining the club in June 2004.
With his outrageous quotes in the British media, his feuds with other managers and his magnificent arrogance, the Portuguese boss was easily as big a star as any of his players.
He clashed with the club's Russian billionaire owner, Roman Abramovich, however, and now the Special One is gone.
Chelsea have already appointed a successor -- at least on a temporary basis. Israeli Avram Grant was the club's director of football. He will take charge alongside coach Steve Clarke.
According to reports in Portugal, Mourinho could step in for Luiz Felipe Scolari to try to guide his homeland to the Euro 2008 finals. Scolari has just been banned by UEFA for the remaining four matches of the campaign.
Still, it could be worse for Chelsea supporters.
My club, Sheffield Wednesday, have lost six straight matches in the Championship -- the Owls' worst start in history.


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