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Chelsea Players' Reaction When Jose Mourinho Told Them He Was Leaving In 2007

Chelsea Players' Reaction When Jose Mourinho Told Them He Was Leaving In 2007

Steve Sidwell has recalled a powerful story about Jose Mourinho's first stint as Chelsea boss.

Mourinho was appointed manager of Chelsea following his successful spell at FC Porto, where he won the coveted Champions League.

The confident Portuguese arrived in England as 'The Special One'. He immediately lived up to that billing by delivering the Premier League title in his debut season.

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Then again the campaign after. He also scooped the FA Cup and League Cup (x2) in his first spell in charge.

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However, Mourinho was sacked in 2007 and the Chelsea players didn't take it well.

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Sidwell, who spent just one season at Stamford Bridge, was among Mourinho's players and he's detailed his farewell speech.

"Jose came down to the dressing room to say his goodbyes and gave a speech about how proud he was and the relationships he built with the players," he told talkSPORT.

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Mourinho's speech led to tears from some of the clubs biggest stars including Didier Drogba who 'was inconsolable'.

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"I looked around that dressing room and there were tears coming from the players' eyes."

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Sidwell added: "I'm talking Didier Drogba, John Terry, Frank Lampard, you name it. There was not a dry eye in that room. Drogba was inconsolable.

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"He went round and he embraced every player one by one.

"I was only there for four or five months at the time and I remember thinking, wow, this is powerful."

Powerful. Very powerful.

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Topics: Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, John Terry, Football News, Jose Mourinho, Chelsea, Football, Manchester United, Premier League, stamford bridge

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