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Abramovich was asked to help Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho pleaded with Roman Abramovich to deliver Chelsea team talk

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There's been plenty of articles detailing the troubled last few days of Jose Mourinho's time in charge of Chelsea - right down to what he was eating and the life size cardboard cut-out of himself he took with him when he was sacked - and now the Telegraph are getting in on the act.

Their Chief football writer, Sam Wallace, writes this morning that Mourinho asked owner Roman Abramovich to give a speech to his squad in order to inspire them to perform better after their woeful start to the season.

Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea for the second time on Thursday, with the club languishing near the foot of the table on just 15 points after 16 games - exactly a year after they'd topped the table with 42 points last term - amidst rumours of a split in the dressing room between the manager and his players.

The Telegraph say Mourinho was hopeful that he could turn things around right up to the last minute, and had hoped a talk from Abramovich would inspire his squad to start winning games. However the Russian billionaire failed to do so, and only spoke to his side following Mourinho's departure on Friday.

The paper also claims Mourinho didn't receive the news of his sacking from Abramovich or technical director Michael Emenalo - who admitted there was 'palpable discord' between the former Chelsea boss and his squad - but from one of Abramovich's aides, Eugene Tenenbaum.

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The Special One has been replaced on a temporary basis by Guus Hiddink, who took charge of the Blues on a similar basis back in 2009, and both Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone are being linked with the job on a permanent basis.

Some sections of Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge booed a small group of players including Cesc Fabregas, Branislav Ivanovic, and Diego Costa, who they believe were at least partly to blame for Mourinho's sacking thanks to their poor performances this season.

The three-time Premier League title-winning manager was cheered by the fans, while some held up signs of support for him during the 3-1 win against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge.

Who do you think is most to blame for Chelsea's awful start? Mourinho or the players?

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Jose Mourinho
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