Chelsea manager Avram Grant was shown the door Saturday. He was also publicly humiliated by former Blues boss Jose Mourinho -- if you choose to buy into The Guardian's misinterpration of quotes for the purpose of shock value.
Not only that, but it was also revealed that Roman noodles sent a shiny new Ferrari 616 to The Special One immediately following Chelsea's loss to Tottenham in the Carling Cup final. Wait, what?
The exclusive of the year? I'd say.
In an interview with The Observer, Mourinho comments on Chelsea's season. He clearly didn't think it was worthy of a 'fantastic.'
"That depends on your philosophy of leadership. In my philosophy it was a very bad one because in football 'almost' means defeat and Chelsea almost won the Carling Cup, almost won the Champions League, and almost won the Premier League. Almost is nothing.
"After two titles per season for the last three years there were zero titles this season, which in my philosophy means a really bad season. Maybe in the philosophy of a loser this was a great season, which I respect."
Whoa. The Guardian manipulates this into reading like Jose called Avram a loser. Maybe he did, he just chose to do it a little more coy.
Mourinho goes on to speak about his current relationship with the club. It's said he has been in regular contact with both the players and Abramovich. He even spoke with them before and after the CL final.
"The best team lost the Champions League final, like last season the best team lost the Champions League semi-final," Mourinho said. "That is football. I have always said that details make the difference at this level - and luck is a really big detail. I am very sad about what happened. In the last two years this team lost a Champions League final and a Champions League semi-final on penalties. The supporters deserve more, Roman and the board deserve more, top people like [Frank] Lampard, [Michael] Essien, [Claude] Makelele, Ashley [Cole], Didier [Drogba], [Ricardo] Carvalho, [and coaches] Steve Clarke, Mick McGiven and some others deserve happiness. I still think of them as my boys.
"Yes, I was sad. Yes, I felt deeply that it was not fair. But I believe that after an empty season new success will come to Chelsea. And I will always be a Chelsea supporter."
Kind words indeed.
But not as kind as gentle Roman's mid-season gift to The Special One.
In one of those eerily creepy moves, Abramovich purchased a customized Ferrari 612 Scaglietti for the manager he had only just fired five months before. One of just 60 produced, the modestly-priced foreign rocket -- list is close to 400,000 American clams -- was built to commemorate the manufacturer's 60th anniversary. After market price is around 2 million pounds, and The Guardian suggests this is how much our favorite Russian paid for this flowing piece of machinery. It tails out at close to 200 mph (deezamn).
Does any of this suggest Mourinho will return as Chelsea coach now that the position is available again. I doubt it. But, we can dream can't we?
Below: A little closer look at that Ferrari. This thing is mean...