The BBC understands the impasse between Mourinho and [Chelsea FC owner Roman] Abramovich came to a head after their 2–0 defeat to Aston Villa earlier this month.
A bit harsh: Chelsea haven’t won a League match at Villa since 1999. [Football geeks should be able to spot the link with this, from another supporter of a Midlands football club trading on past glories.]
Blobby stick! Blobby stick!