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Sacked club doctor may return

Chelsea ‘avoid’ £40m bill for Mourinho sacking

Jose Mourinho vidChelsea owner Roman Abamovich may have avoided a £40 million compensation bill for sacked manager Jose Mourinho because of a dispute with the club’s former doctor.

Eva Carneiro is taking the English Premiership club to an employment tribunal after she fell out with Mourinho and the club is understood to be using this as a breach of contract get-out clause.

The club is now said to be looking at paying damages to Carneiro, 42, who may even be reinstated .

Mourinho will be paid £250,000 per week up to a maximum of £10million – until he takes a new job. This mitigation agreement seems to be behind Chelsea describing his departure as by ‘mutual consent’.

The club’s Russian billionaire is said to have lost patience with his former golden boy some weeks ago following a poor start to the season which has seen the team lose nine of its first 16 matches, leaving it perched precariously above the relegation positions. But the cost of buying out his four-year deal is believed to have been the reason his sacking was delayed.

Chelsea have stacked up an enormous compensation bill for sacked managers. Mourinho received £18m in compensation when his first spell ended in 2007.

Luis Felipe Scolari was the last coach to have the entire length of his contract paid out in full, when he was fired after just eight months at the helm in 2009.

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