BY ESE DIBEBI
Yesterday, the less than 3-year old second-time romance between English football club, Chelsea and Jose Mourinho came to an end after the Portuguese coach was sacked by billionaire club owner, Roman Abramovich.
Many European football observers saw the sack coming after a string of bad results in the English Premier League saw Chelsea rooted to the 16th spot on the league table, their worst start to a league season in over three decades.
As the news spread, social media went into overdrive and, apart from comments, there were memes, vines, GIFs and many more mocking Mourinho.
Nollywood has not been left out in the reactions as two of the industry’s big wigs, Segun Arinze and Yul Edochie both made their views known to sports paper, Complete Sports.
Veteran actor Arinze was of the opinion that more of the responsibility of turning Chelsea’s league fortune around rested with owner, Abramovich. He said, “Everything that could have gone wrong at Chelsea has gone wrong. The players lack passion and commitment. Every season clubs experience different challenges. It happened to Liverpool, Arsenal Manchester City and Manchester United. Sacking Mourinho would not be the solution.“
“I feel Roman Abramovich should have motivated the players because it seems to me that there’s a dressing room problem. The decision has been taken already. I hope to see a very experienced manager come in,” Arinze continued.
On his part, Yul Edochie revealed that he cried after hearing news of Mourinho’s sack. “The news of Jose Mourinho’s sacking brought tears to my eyes. I’m a big fan of Mourinho, whatever club he goes to eventually, I will go. I think it’s a wrong move by Chelsea. Jose loves the club, and I believe he remains the best man for the job. I guess there was a disconnect between him and his players which the management should have tried to fix, not fire him.“
On whether the club can find its way back from the gloom, Yul replied, “I really don’t know if the Champions League will be competition Chelsea finds redemption. PSG is a strong team in France and in Europe. Now, though, I’m still pained about Mourinho’s sacking.“