Ex-Chelsea stars fear for future post-Mourinho

Wilkins, a former Blues captain and assistant manager, said: "I'm absolutely astounded at what's happened.

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"I don't really see the sense in it to be honest, let's hope they've got someone lined up."

Asked if he agreed Mourinho was the best manager in the game, Wilkins added: "I would say that would be a fair comment - obviously they will have to look for someone who can hold the reins.

"Winning football matches is what the game's about and he is a winning manager who puts a winning mentality in players' heads and they go and win things."

Another former Chelsea player, Gavin Peacock, was also worried. He said: "I think that half the team will have been affected badly and it's going to be hard to get that team spirit that Jose managed to manufacture."

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