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After guiding Chelsea to two Premier League titles in his first stint, Jose Mourinho was sacked by the club in 2007.
At the time, Mourinho was well loved by the players and the Blues fans, and former Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell has revealed how the players were in tears following the dismissal of the Portuguese, especially the trio of John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.
Sidwell was signed by Mourinho just months before Mourinho’s sack, and the former Blue explained how gutted he and his team-mates were to see the Portuguese go.
“I never felt that tension or thought he was in trouble,” he told The Athletic.
“There were a few games before, you could see things in the press and it really bubbled up. But you didn’t feel it on the inside.
“The players were all united, no one was turning against him, he hadn’t lost the dressing room.
“The day he went, I was driving my wife to the airport and the news came on the radio. I just thought, ‘Sh*t, he’s gone. What’s going to happen?’
“We were then all called into a meeting at Cobham. It was awkward when Jose came to say his goodbyes. You could have heard a pin drop. It felt like someone had died.
“When you see strong characters like Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and John Terry either crying on the floor or certainly welling up… I got upset as well. It was really weird.
“I called him later in the day to thank him for bringing me to Chelsea and to express regret that we didn’t work together for longer.
“He told me he had no doubts I would go on to have a great career, which was nice of him. Every time I’ve seen him since then, through football or socially, he’s been top drawer.”