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Jose Mourinho fired by Chelsea

An assumed title rival will be searching for a new chief.

bye felicia
bye felicia
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Jose Mourinho has been fired as Chelsea manager, in a move that would have seemed unthinkable in July. Chelsea came into the 2015-16 season as one of the prospective title favorites, alongside the two Manchester clubs and Arsenal, but aside from a few highlights here and there, they have not performed. Today they're in 16th place, only a point out of the relegation zone, and have looked listless and lost for a while now.

In theory, Chelsea still have the talent to make a run at the top half of the table or even the top four, but with the instability a managerial change will bring, that may be unlikely. Arsenal fans (well, those of us who are worriers) have been awaiting "the other shoe dropping" for a while now, but I have to say that I'm not sure there's anyone on the managerial market today who can make up the 18 point gap that currently stands between Chelsea and Arsenal.

Arsenal play Chelsea next on January 24 at the Emirates Stadium, meaning that whoever finds himself in charge will have had around a month (probably) to get his system in place and prepare the team to win again. Depending on who it is, this could be a positive or a negative, but I will say one thing: no matter how bad Chelsea have looked this year, not having to play against Mourinho again this season is definitely something to cheer.

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