Jose Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea for the first time back in 2007, and Michael Ballack has now admitted that he and his fellow players needed to take some of the blame.
The Portuguese had led the Blues to their first two Premier League titles after joining from Porto back in 2004, but Roman Abrahmovic grew frustrated after a disappointing 2006/07 campaign led to Manchester United taking top spot.
Ballack joined from Bayern Munich on a free transfer in 2006 having impressed in Germany, but only got to work under Mourinho for one full season before the manager left the club.
He has now admitted that he feels partly responsible for the departure, having worked under five different managers in London by the time he left for Bayer Leverkusen in 2010.
Jose Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in 2007 after missing out on the title
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While on Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast, Ballack said: “I was experienced enough to understand that when you are not winning, the coach is more or less the weakest person in the team who can be replaced.
“He (Mourinho) was in his fourth year. If you look at the average time a manager has to work in a club, it was quite a good time.
“The way he worked was so intense that maybe you come to a point where things are not working anymore.
“Even then, the fans know what he achieved at the club to take them back to that level.
“It was more or less everyone’s fault – the players’ fault. It was not something we regret, though, we had to look forward.
“The relationship is still good with him. You will not find many players who speak badly about him.”
Mourinho has gone on to be sacked by Chelsea for a second time in 2015 and Manchester United three years later, taking up the mantel of Tottenham manager last year.
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