REVEALED: Jose Mourinho was smuggled out of Chelsea’s training ground in the boot of a car following his sacking in 2015 after a member of his staff was sent out in a ‘decoy’ vehicle to distract waiting photographers
- Jose Mourinho’s second spell at Chelsea ended ignominiously in late 2015
- He was sacked with the team 16th, just one point above the relegation zone
- Toxic fall-out from his touchline row with doctor Eva Carneiro added pressure
- Mourinho was told of his dismissal after club’s Christmas dinner at Cobham
- Plan was hatched to smuggle Mourinho past waiting photographers at the gate
- Decoy car was sent out before the manager left in boot of Silvino Louro’s SUV
Jose Mourinho was smuggled out of Chelsea’s training ground in the boot of one of his assistant’s cars following his sacking in December 2015.
The Portuguese manager’s second spell at Stamford Bridge ended following nine defeats from their opening 16 Premier League games, leaving the defending champions 16th and just one point above the relegation places.
It also came in the aftermath of his touchline argument with club doctor Eva Carneiro and the subsequent Football Association probe and legal action that followed.
Jose Mourinho’s second spell as Chelsea manager ended just months after he led them to the Premier League title in 2015
Mourinho was smuggled out of Chelsea’s Cobham training ground in the boot of a vehicle driven by his goalkeeping coach Silvino Louro (left)
The Athletic have revealed that Mourinho exited Chelsea’s Cobham training base following his dismissal on December 17 in the boot of goalkeeping coach Silvino Louro’s SUV after the press and photographer gathered at the gates were thrown off the scent by an elaborate decoy.
The club’s staff had just had their Christmas lunch in the Cobham canteen when chairman Bruce Buck and director Eugene Tenenbaum were seen reporting in at reception at around 2pm.
Mourinho was fired in a 10-minute meeting ‘described as civil’ before a plan was hatched to get him out of the training ground without anyone noticing.
A ‘decoy’ car was sent out with Chelsea’s player liaison officer Kevin Campello sitting in the front seat with a hoodie over his face to distract waiting photographers
After the photographers took the bait, Mourinho made his covert exit half an hour later
According to The Athletic’s account, Chelsea’s player liaison officer Kevin Campello, with a hoodie pulled down to cover his face and with an expensive watch visible, was sent out in a ‘decoy’ vehicle to draw the photographers and reporters assembled away from the entrance.
Campello’s car was followed ‘for half an hour before working out something wasn’t right’, which allowed Mourinho to escape by crouching down in the boot of Silvino’s car, which headed undetected to London.
Mourinho wasn’t out of work for too long despite this ignominious end to his second tenure as Chelsea manager and was appointed Manchester United boss six months later.
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