Chelsea will rue the day they let Jose Mourinho leave regardless of who succeeds him on a permanent basis.
The Blues finally lost patience with the Portuguese after a dreadful start to the season that saw them lose nine of their first 16 Premier League games.
However, there is already plenty of speculation that Mourinho could make a swift return to management with Manchester United, and if he does succeed old friend Louis van Gaal then it could be the perfect stage for him to exact his revenge.
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Chelsea fans made their feelings known about the manner in which Mourinho departed the club for the second time in the 3-1 victory over Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.
Diego Costa was booed as he walked from the pitch, whilst the supporters also vented their fury at the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard with the trio all rumoured to be the leaders of the mutiny against their old manager.
Mourinho’s sacking came just days after the Blues’ 2-1 defeat to high-flying Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, with Claudio Ranieri bettering the man who replaced him when the Italian was fired back in the summer of 2004.
The images of Mourinho driving away from the club’s training ground in Cobham hiding his face will no doubt rankle with Blues fans, and though Guus Hiddink boasts great experience he is not the Special One.
The common consensus seems to be that United will part company with Van Gaal and replace him with his old friend, with the pair working together whilst at Barcelona.
Mourinho has always desired the United job – depending on who to believe there were rumours he was furious at the club for appointing David Moyes in the summer of 2013 – and may now get his chance with Van Gaal teetering on the brink.
The Dutchman saw his side slump to a 2-1 defeat to Norwich City at Old Trafford, and the club are now outside of the top four going into the hectic Christmas schedule.
United would be the perfect club for Mourinho to establish a reign of stability, and harm his former club’s chances of silverware in the process.
Whoever Chelsea get in on a permanent basis will need to deliver in order to get the same backing the fans gave to Mourinho during his three-year spell at Stamford Bridge.
Diego Simeone is the obvious choice, given all he has achieved at Atletico Madrid, but Roman Abramovich is reportedly desperate to land Pep Guardiola, who appears Manchester City-bound.
Mourinho meanwhile will already be plotting the best way to strike back against his old club. Abramovich may rue the day he discarded the Special One.
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