Jose Mourinho’s sacked was expected – Elliott

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Former Chelsea captain Paul Elliott has revealed that he expected Jose Mourinho’s sack by the Blues.

The Portuguese was axed on Thursday after a horrific start to the season which left the London side a just point above relegation following a series of nine loss in 16 Premier League games.

“Deep down I wasn’t surprised. I think the last defeat at Leicester, not just the defeat, but the manner of the defeat, I think it said a lot,” Elliott told Omnisport.

“That said, the owner, the board, they’ve been extremely patient. There was always a positive intention, I think the modus operandi has always been continuity and stability equals success.

“On the back of Jose’s wonderful distinguished service to the club, they backed him to the hilt.”

Elliott insists that results produced by Chelsea under Mourinho before his sack was unacceptable.

“Nine losses in 15-16 games, a club of such magnitude, credibility, standing, global standing, it’s unacceptable,” Eliott said.

“And in the end like all managers, it’s about results. They’re in the results business. So it was regrettable and I think a lot of Chelsea fans will be saddened.

“I think the players need a lift. There’s obviously been reported challenges inside the dressing room.

“And I think Mourinho to his credit has been a wonderful manager. He’s one of the best managers globally in the game. And I think he’s going to come back better.”

Elliott played for Chelsea from 1991-94 and insisted that the club had given Mourinho plenty of time to reverse the damage done.