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LONDON---Chelsea responded to
the departure of Jose Mourinho by
surging to a 3-1 victory against
Sunderland at Stamford Bridge in
the Premier League yesterday, while
Manchester United lost its second
game in a row at home against Nor-
Chelsea supporters repeatedly sang
Mourinho s name as Branislav
Ivanovic, Pedro Rodriguez and Oscar
scored in an unexpectedly convincing
Mourinho s second spell at Chelsea
came to an end on Thursday after
the Premier League champions had
lost nine of the first 16 league games
of the season under his guidance.
But the Chelsea supporters made
it clear they felt that responsibility
for the woeful start lay with the
As Ivanovic headed in after five
minutes and Pedro doubled the lead
on 13, the vocal support for Mour-
inho was replaced with abusive
chants directed at Chelsea s men.
Oscar got the third, a penalty, after
halftime, before Fabio Borini pulled
one back for Sunderland.
After the match, captain John
Terry said he understood why sup-
porters are unhappy.
"Absolutely and rightly so, as well,"
Terry said. "They will support us
through the difficult period and
when we come out on top, sooner
or later. If we keep on putting per-
formances like that the fans will be
In Manchester, Cameron Jerome
and Alexander Tettey netted in each
half as Norwich stunned United by
recording a first win at Old Trafford
Anthony Martial pulled one back
for United in the 66th minute, the
team s first shot on target, but Van
Gaal s side managed only one more
attempt that required a save.
Van Gaal s side has not won in six
games and his position as manager
could be under more scrutiny now
that Mourinho is available.
"We know that it (losing to Nor-
wich) is not good enough for us,"
Van Gaal told Sky Sports. "The play-
ers know that, I know that, the fans
know that, and the board know that."
When asked if he thinks he has
the backing of the United board, Van
Gaal said "I think so, but you never
Meanwhile, surprise Premier
League leader Leicester beat Everton
3-2. Riyad Mahrez scored two penal-
ties for Leicester before Shinji Okaza-
ki got the decisive goal, while Romelu
Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas scored
The result means Leicester will
be top of the Premier League on
Christmas Day on 38 points. Last
year, it was bottom of the standings
on December 25.
"I have a great group of players
that are friends and work very hard
for each other," manager Claudio
Ranieri said. "I ve already told the
players to clear their minds and go
Tottenham beat Southampton 2-
0 at St Mary s stadium to move
fourth, above United.
Two goals in three first-half min-
utes from Harry Kane, on his 100th
Tottenham appearance, and Dele Alli
gave manager Mauricio Pochettino
a win against his former club.
Tottenham moves fourth, above
United on superior goal difference.
Crystal Palace beat host Stoke 2-
1 thanks to a late winner from Lee
Chung-yong in the 88th minute,
while a resurgent Bournemouth also
won 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion
thanks to Charlie Daniels scoring a
penalty in the 87th minute.
In yesterday s late match, Aston
Villa came from a goal behind to
draw 1-1 at Newcastle.
Defender Fabricio Coloccini beat
Villa s United States goalkeeper Brad
Guzan in the 38th minute but Jordan
Ayew equalised with a stunning goal
in the second half. The result keeps
Villa 10 points away from Premier
League safety. (AP)
returned to Chelsea for a second
spell as manager yesterday, hired
until the end of the season with
the tough task of turning round
the struggling Premier League
champions following Jose Mour-
inho s firing.
The 69-year-old Dutchman
won the FA Cup when he previ-
ously filled the Chelsea managerial
void in 2009 for around four
months after the exit of Luiz Felipe
Hiddink s latest firefighting role
comes with Chelsea only one point
above the Premier League relega-
tion zone following an alarming
slump just seven months after
sweeping to the title.
"I am excited to return to Stam-
ford Bridge. Chelsea is one of the
biggest clubs in the world but is
not where it should be at the
moment," Hiddink said. "However,
I am sure we can all turn this sea-
Chelsea said yesterday that it
views Hiddink as a coach with a
"wealth of top-level experience
and success." The club highlighted
how fans were "singing his name
following our final home game"
of the 2008-09 season.
However, Hiddink s fortunes
have faded since he was last at
Chelsea. He quit as manager of
Turkey after failing to qualify the
team for the 2012 European Cham-
pionship and did not win a trophy
with Anzhi Makhachkala during a
spell with the Russian club.
More recently, he has been out
of work since being fired by the
Netherlands in June---during the
latter stages of his country s unsuc-
cessful attempt to qualify for the
2016 European Championship. He
had five losses, four victories and
a draw during his year in charge
of a team that finished third at the
2014 World Cup under Louis van
Gaal, now the manager of Man-
Hiddink watched from the
stands for yesterday s home match
against Sunderland, with Steve
Holland and Eddie Newton in
charge for the game.
LONDON---Jose Mourinho wants
an immediate return to management
after being fired by Chelsea.
The Portuguese coach used a state-
ment issued yesterday through his
management company to emphasise
his enduring enthusiasm and passion
for football and revealed that he will
remain living in London.
"He will not be taking a sabbatical,
he isn t tired, he doesn t need it, he
is very positive, and is already looking
forward," the CAA Sports statement
said. "Jose hopes that his future after
Chelsea this time will be as successful
as when he left the club in 2007."
Mourinho won the Champions
League, Serie A and Italian Cup at
Inter Milan and then the league and
Copa del Rey with Real Madrid before
returning to Chelsea in 2013.
And the 52-year-old Mourinho
seemed to be issuing a reminder to
future employers when the statement
stressed: "During his career, Jose has
sometimes chosen to leave a club,
but only at Chelsea has the club
decided that he should leave."
Mourinho s second spell at Stam-
ford Bridge ended on Thursday, with
Chelsea having lost nine of its first
16 league matches this season after
sweeping to the title by eight points
"Jose Mourinho is pleased that he
returned to Chelsea football club
because he was able to give the fans
another Premier League title," the
As Guus Hiddink completed a deal
to return to Chelsea as manager until
the end of the season, Mourinho was
watching a second-tier match
between Brighton and Middlesbrough
on Saturday. Middlesbrough is man-
aged by Aitor Karanka, who was
Mourinho s assistant at Madrid.
"Because of his love of football,
you will see Jose at football grounds
working and supporting friends," the
statement added. "He will not be
attending any high-profile games
because he wants to discourage any
speculation about his future."
Fans turn on players as Chelsea wins
Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, right, celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the English Premier League
football match against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, yesterday. Chelsea won 3-1. AP PHOTO
Guus Hiddink returns
to Stamford Bridge
Chelsea's new manager Guus Hiddink takes his seat before the English
Premier League football match between Chelsea and Sunderland at
Stamford Bridge stadium in London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Mourinho wants immediate
Jose Mourinho sits in the stands
during the English League
Championship football match at the
AMEX Stadium, Brighton, England,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
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