Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce was shocked to hear that Chelsea had parted ways with Jose Mourinho on Thursday.
Allardyce was in his pregame press conference ahead of Sunderland’s meeting with Chelsea on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.
“I’m shocked to say the least,” Allardyce told the Guardian. “They must have somebody lined up.
“I’m sad to see Mourinho go because I got to know him quite well and he’s a great character. He’s a loss to the Premier League.
“Because of the underachievement at Chelsea, even a great manager like José has lost his job.”
With Mourinho now on the market, former Arsenal player Paul Merson believes the Portuguese manager might end up at Old Trafford and Manchester United.
“Louis van Gaal will be looking behind him” Merson said on Sky Sports News. “If it doesn’t go well for Man United in the next week or two, I think they might look and think, one of the best managers in the world of football is available. Let’s get him.”
Thierry Henry also spoke about Mourinho’s departure on Sky Sports News.
“I don’t know if he could have turned it around. I think the club needed to do something… it is probably a sad day if you are a Chelsea fan, but they will bounce back,” Henry said. “It doesn’t matter what you’ve done for a club, they can show you the door. Going for the manager is the easiest option.”
Chelsea is just one point off the relegation zone, sitting in 16th place with 15 points after 16 games. The reigning champions have lost nine game already in the league this season, compared to three losses all season last year when they won the title.