Chelsea’s high cost of failure
Sacking Jose Mourinho and his staff in 2015 cost Chelsea £ 8.3million – about a third of what the club had to pay out when he left Stamford Bridge the first time in 2007.
The 2015 figure is revealed in the club’s full accounts for the 2015-16 season, a disastrous campaign on the field for the 2014-15 Premier League champions and an expensive one off the field. Despite record turnover of £329.1million and a £49million profit on player trading, Chelsea still managed to post a £70.6million loss.
While there is no arguing that a 10th-place finish in thePremierLeague, andno cup success, amounts to failure for the first team, Chelsea’s apparent financial under-performance is a little misleading. The reason for this is that the club paid kit supplier Adidas £67million in compensation for cancelling a 10-year deal six years early, so it could sign a much better deal with Nike.
The Adidas contract was worth about £30million a year to the club but the new 15- year deal with Nike, which starts next season, will bring in £60 million a year. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes he can keep his cool better than Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp.
Old Trafford will play host to the 50th Premier League meeting of the rivals tomorrow as United look to extend their ninematch winning streak in all competitions.
Second-placed Liverpool have failed to win any of their three games in 2017 and would see their lead over United cut to two points should they lose.
Mourinho cut a relaxed figure ahead of the match and believes animated counterpart Klopp is not quite as calm.
“I just think we like to win like every manager likes to win,” Mourinho said.“Everyonehashisown personality, everyone has his own style of coaching, his own style of leading.
“Probably we have some qualities that are similar – for surewehave other qualities that make us really different persons and different managers.
“He is as much motivated as I am. I’m not sure if he is so calm as I am. But, you know, it is just one more big game in our careers.”
Jose Mourinho: Contrast with Jurgen Klopp