Chelsea’s high cost of fail­ure

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - Sport -

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

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