The big news is obviously that Jose Mourinho has been fired. Err... left by mutual consent. £40m tomato, £10m tomato. That's all we know for certain, that's all the official club statement, and Michael Emenalo's ill-timed interview with Chelsea TV have revealed. So what happened and what will happen with the rest of the Chelsea staff?
I think we can safely assume that Mourinho's usual entourage have left as well. Rui Faria is his right-hand-man, and while Jose has tipped Rui to one day succeed him, that day is not today and probably won't be anywhere from where Jose had just gotten dismissed. Similarly, assistants Silvino Louro and Jose Morais, both long-time associates have received their severance agreements. New-ish kid on the Chelsea block, Carlos Lalin has apparently joined the departing party as well, after just 18 months at the Bridge.
Mourinho was sacked at the club’s training ground along with his assistants Rui Faria, Silvino Louro, Jose Morais & Carlos Lalin (Telegraph)— ChelsTransfer (@ChelsTransfer) December 18, 2015
Chelsea have yet to update the 'management team' page on the official website, so let's see who else is there. Assistant manager Steve Holland has stayed, having now served under and survived four (!) firings starting with Andre Villas-Boas. Fitness coach Chris Jones, who's been with the first-team since 2009 and goalkeeper coach Christophe Lollichon, who's been here since 2007 have both remained. As far as we know, there's been no change to the medical team or the youth coaching setup, with Adi Viveash and Joe Edwards continuing in their roles as U21 and U18 managers, assistant by ex-Chelsea men Andy Myers and Jody Morris, respectively.
The one big change this morning has been the return of former assistant Eddie Newton to the management team, who stayed on with the club after Di Matteo's sacking though in a non-coaching role (loan liaison officer).
Newton is a true Blue Blood (joined Chelsea at 13; made 200+ appearances for the club) and it'll be nice to see him on the bench. We could use all the nice things at the moment.