The 2014-15 season saw Chelsea win the top level of English soccer, led by manager Jose Mourinho. Now, the man who led them there won't even see 2016 as Chelsea sit at 15 points, only good for 16th place in the league, and 1 point off of a relegation spot.
What's the cause of his firing? Obviously the poor play by the squad, capped off with their last match ending in a 2-1 loss at Leicester City. However, we can probably trace everything back to a July friendly in New Jersey.
The New York Red Bulls beat Chelsea 4-2 in the International Champions Cup (and would've won the tournament if MLS matches were treated differently). That Red Bulls side was so unknown that the ICC site couldn't even list everyone. He tore into the team for losing to a "Mickey Mouse team". There's no doubt that the loss to the mighty Red Bulls has cursed this side all season long. Even Dax McCarty knows what's up.
Jose shouldn't have underestimated those #RBNY youngsters...— Dax McCarty (@DaxMcCarty11) December 17, 2015
Give credit though, he tried turning things around by going after Matt Miazga, and signing a sponsorship deal with an energy drink (not Red Bull, which was the mistake there). One Red Bull fan tried even raising money to send over the correct energy drink to kick start the side, but nothing worked.
Sorry Mourinho, you were an inspiration to us, trying to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and staying up. Hopefully you land on your feet someplace where they at least have Red Bull, because it gives you wins.