In one of the more shocking developments in the Premier League in recent years, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has stepped down in a mutual agreement with the team. It’s true that Chelsea are resting just a point above the relegation line, but these are the defending Premier League champions. It looks like Dutchman Guus Hiddink could be the team’s interim manager for the second time. The club may also be in talks to bring Diego Simeone over from Atletico Madrid to coach the Blues next summer. Hiddink led the club as the interim manager in 2009, leading them to a win in the FA Cup before leaving to take the job as the Turkish national team coach. If you’re an EPL bettor, be cautious about laying down money on the Blues until this talented bunch show that they have the gumption to play defense again. Still looking for soccer lines? You can check them here!
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So what’s next for Mourinho? Spanish media reports have him heading to take over the French side Monaco. He has also been linked to the Manchester United job, as dissatisfaction with Louis van Gaal appears to be mounting as it had been with Mourinho at Chelsea. Despite the big problems that the Blues have had this season, Mourinho still has a reputation as a top-shelf manager, and it won’t be long before he makes a definitive move. According to Michael Emenalo, the Technical Director with Chelsea, Mourinho had had an ongoing conflict with some of the club’s biggest stars off the pitch. When that sort of personality conflict opens on such a large scale, it’s usually going to be the coach who goes, because he doesn’t have the big long-term guaranteed contract that the player does. Also, even when the manager is one of the best in the game, if the players aren’t listening, the team will not play well. This provides some insight into the significant dysfunction that had the defending champions on the verge of relegation.
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Manchester United had been hopeful of luring forward Thomas Muller away from Bayern Munich, but the word is now that he has inked a long-term deal with his club. Back in the summer, the rumors had Muller heading to Old Trafford at the transfer window, but he has now signed a deal with the reigning Bundesliga champions through 2021. If you think about it, he has scant reason to head west to join a team that has struggled under Louis van Gaal to contend regularly in the Premier League, since Bayern Munich has brought home four Bundesliga titles, the Super Cup, the Club World Cup, the Champions League and the German Cup during the 26-year-old’s time with the club. Muller joins fellow stars Xabi Alonso, Javi Martinez and Jerome Boateng in signing long-term deals to stay with the club. Remain cautious about betting on Man U until they find some consistent scoring.