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Jose Mourinho wants an immediate return to management following his sacking by Chelsea on Thursday.
The Portuguese was dismissed following nine defeats in 16 Premier League games this season and dressing-room tension after he rounded on the players after Monday’s 2-1 defeat to Leicester City at the King Power stadium.
Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo talked of a “palpable discord between manager and players” following Mourinho’s sacking, with some players reportedly upset with his treatment of club doctor Eva Carneiro.
Carneiro left the club in September after Mourinho publicly criticised her and physio Jon Fearn for treating Eden Hazard on the pitch during injury-time of the 2-2 draw with Swansea on the opening day of the season.
The statement, released through his management team at Creative Artists Agency Sports and Polaris Sports, also makes clear the 52-year-old was forced out at Stamford Bridge and that his exit was not a matter of “mutual consent”.
“During his career, Jose has sometimes chosen to leave a club but only at Chelsea has the club decided that he should leave,” said the statement.
“He will not be taking a sabbatical, he isn’t tired, he doesn’t need it, he is very positive and is already looking forward.”
“Each time represents for him the end of a cycle and the opportunity to start a new one. Jose hopes that his future after Chelsea this time will be as successful as when he left the club in 2007.”
Mourinho, who will continue to live in London but will not attend “high-profile matches” to ward off speculation about his future, expects a successful return to management.
After being sacked the first time by Chelsea in 2007, Mourinho won the treble with Inter Milan in 2009-10 and the La Liga title with Real Madrid in 2012, before rejoining the Blues in June 2013 and winning the Premier League title in his second season.
“Each time represents for him the end of a cycle and the opportunity to start a new one,” the statement continued.
“Jose hopes that his future after Chelsea this time will be as successful as when he left the club in 2007.”
Former Netherlands manager Guus Hiddink is set to manage Chelsea on an interim basis until the end of the season, and is expected to attend Saturday’s Premier League match against Sunderland.
Steve Holland and Eddie Newton will be in temporary charge against the Black Cats at Stamford Bridge.