Also, didn't Makelele come out after and say that CAPTAIN, LEADER, LEGEND would walk of Mourinho wasn't fired?
It was all part of the relationship breakdown though, or certainly linked. Roman's influence on the squad and tactics were affecting the results.
I find it strange that the articles on Mourinho returning to Chelsea only mention a "breakdown in relations" between him and Abramovich as why he left first time round. Am I the only one who remembers the wheels generally coming off near the end of his tenure? A 1-1 draw at home to Rosenborg lingers in the memory, for one.
Hated, adored, never ignored.