21st November, 2023
Former Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi has revealed that he and his teammates cried when José Mourinho got sacked as the head coach during his first stint at the club.
Obi disclosed this on his “The Obi One Podcast Ep.2”, saying Mourinho’s departure made the training ground very emotional. However, they were able to put it behind them to train that day.
“It’s hard to say goodbye. For me, obviously, the most special one was when [Jose] Mourinho got sacked.
“A lot of people were in tears, were crying. It was very emotional because he had just won the Premier League twice, a young man and he is a special one,” Mikel said in the latest episode of his podcast, The Obi One.
He added: “It was crazy because we all cried, emotional and everything, and then he leaves, and five minutes later, we are all on the training pitch, and everybody is laughing and joking.
“We just moved on with it, but then after training, we started talking about it. Once we are in the pitch again, it’s like, ‘We’ve got to get on with the job.”
“We start training, focus on the next game and the next manager and how to get back to winning ways because the reason when Mourinho was sacked was because we were not winning games.”