Mourinho had ‘palpable discord’ with players

Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo has said the friction with the players lead to Jose Mourinho's departure from the club.

The Portuguese manager was sacked on Thursday after a terrible start to the season left the Blues 16th in the Premier League standings, and the former Nigeria international admits that there was unrest at Stamford Bridge.

"While there is huge sentiment for the individual, who has done so much for the club, the fact of the matter remains that Chelsea Football Club is in trouble," he told the club's official website.

"The results are not good. There is obviously said to be palpable discord between manager and players and we feel it was time to act. The owner [Roman Abramovich] was forced to make what was a very tough decision for the good of the club.

"Chelsea, one of the biggest clubs in the world, is one point above the relegation zone in the Premier League, and that's not good enough. This club is in trouble and something needed to be done."

"This is essentially the same group of players that won the League and the League Cup last season. They did it in style and by showing commitment. They played to instruction and adhered to everything the manager asked them to do."

Chelsea are set to take on Sunderland in their next game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and Emenalo insists that the remaining staff are capable of guiding them past the Black Cats.

"I think we will be okay for Saturday," he added. "We will have competent people come up and help with preparation for the game. The club is working vigorously to make sure the situation is taken care of as soon as possible."