Jose Mourinho had a breakfast meeting with Chelsea’s new interim manager Guus Hiddink and shared with him all the information regarding the squad he inherited.
The surprising meeting, at the Berkeley Hotel in London, took place just before Guus Hiddink’s first visit to Chelsea’s Cobham training complex as interim manager.
The Dutch tactician sat down with the recently sacked Portuguese manager for almost an hour. According to a report from The Sun, Mourinho happily offered to share all the information about the team Hiddink inherited from him.
However, to some Chelsea fans Mourinho’s sacking was harsh and they apparently showed their anger towards Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Eden Hazard during the much needed 3-1 victory over Sunderland on Saturday. Placards labelled the three players as “rats” and “Judases” who had let the Portuguese manager down earlier in the season.
When questioned after leaving the hotel whether Mourinho still felt “betrayed”, the Portuguese offered only a slight laugh and said: “You’ve read my statement — you know I can’t say anything.”
Chelsea hierarchy have confirmed that Guus Hiddink will officially take charge tomorrow, as the Blues’ players given 48 hours break following last week’s tumultuous events and Saturday’s moral boosting win.
But Hiddink took the chance to familiarize himself with his new office and the facilities at Cobham training ground; also met some of his key backroom staff followed by a brief discussion.
He also had a chat with injury-prone Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, who arrived for training in an effort to prove he can still play a role over the upcoming weeks as Mourinho not in charge now.
Mourinho was axed by Chelsea on Thursday after watching his squad suffer a ninth league defeat of the season last Monday in the 2-1 loss at Leicester. The final decision to sack Mourinho was taken after an emergency board meeting led by club owner Roman Abramovich, with former manager Guus Hiddink was appointed as an interim manager for this season, and the sudden sacking immediately triggered speculations of what the Portuguese’s next destination will be.
However, Mourinho is reportedly determined to be appointed as the next Manchester United manager once Louis van Gaal leaves his role, or being sacked after United’s latest defeat. The agency who represents Mourinho released a statement on Saturday to confirm the Portuguese is not in a mood to take a sabbatical and is already searching for the next job.