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Drogba was 'inconsolable' when Jose Mourinho left Chelsea - Sidwell

19:42 BST 22/09/2018
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The African legend was one of the key players who broke down in tears following the departure of the Portuguese manager from the Blues 11 years ago

Former England midfielder Steve Sidwell has recalled the dressing room experience when Jose Mourinho was shown the exit at Chelsea in September 2007.

The Manchester United manager was relived of his duty as the Blues boss following a bust-up with owner Roman Abramovich few weeks after the start of the 2007-08 campaign.

During his first stint in England, the former Porto gaffer guided Chelsea to two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups in three years.

His departure left club greats Frank Lampard, John Terry and other players in tears but Drogba who was one of Mourinho's first signings at the Stamford Bridge was 'inconsolable'.

“Jose came down to the dressing room to say his goodbyes and gave a speech about how proud he was and the relationships he built with the players," Sidwell told TalkSport.

“I looked around that dressing room and there were tears coming from the players’ eyes.

“I’m talking Didier Drogba, John Terry, Frank Lampard, you name it.

“There was not a dry eye in that room.

“Drogba was inconsolable.

“He went round and he embraced every player one by one.

“I was only there for four or five months at the time and I remember thinking, wow, this is powerful.”

Six years later, Mourinho returned to Chelsea for his second stint in June 2013, won his third EPL title but was later sacked following strings of unimpressive results in December 2015.