While Jose Mourinho’s name was chanted all around Stamford Bridge this afternoon, the sacked Chelsea manager was on his way back from taking in Middlesbrough’s 3-0 victory over Brighton earlier.
The Chelsea support showed their backing for the Portuguese manager during their 3-1 win over Sunderland this afternoon just days after seeing him fired.
His dismissal came after a disappointing start to the season which saw the team lose nine of their first 16 games and exit the Capital One Cup.
The results were bad and there were consistent stories about Mourinho losing the dressing room just seven months after leading the same group of players to the English Premier League.
But that doesn’t change the opinion most fans inside Stamford Bridge today have for Mourinho, who leaves the club for the second time after leading them to eight major titles over two spells.
While his name was chanted around the ground, Mourinho was catching up with one his former assistants, Aitor Karanka, as his Middlesbrough team beat Brighton to move top of the English Championship.
Boro star Cristhian Stuani shared a picture on Twitter with team-mates Carlos de Pena and Bruno Zuculini alongside the Special One.
And they looked delighted that he turned up for the win:
— Cristhian Stuani (@CristhianStuani) December 19, 2015
It doesn’t look like Mourinho’s in a rush to get away from English football and with pressure mounting on Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, maybe he’ll stick around in the country to see if they come calling for him.
Mourinho and Karanka spent time together at Real Madrid and obviously remain good friends from that spell.