When José Mourinho parted ways with Chelsea last month, it surprised many. But in hindsight, you could see it coming: a forthright, outspoken manager who bows to no one, a zillionaire owner who isn't used to hearing the word "no" and a gaggle of advisers and consultants chipping in with their two cents. The ingredients for a sudden change of heart were all there.
Eight weeks into the English Premier League season, Professor Limey is preparing his mid-semester reports on the class of 2007-08. José Mourinho's departure from Chelsea rocked the Casbah (and the footballing world), but has it severely dented the Blues' title chances? And what about the other challengers?
The soccer world was left spitting out its cornflakes when it switched on its TVs and radios on Thursday morning to hear the news that the Special One, José Mourinho, had left Chelsea. The enormity of the event was such that Mourinho's furrowed brow featured on the front page of most daily newspapers, and even provoked the British Prime Minister to comment.