According to this source, Phil Scolari might have left Stamford Bridge earlier, had he been given the chance. There were two matches which left the Brazilian feeling so low that he was ready to hand in his resignation, which perhaps illustrates that the former Chelsea manager just couldn’t handle the pressure of managing a big club.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Big Phil was ready to call it a day after the Blues’ 1-1 draw with Southend in the FA Cup, and then again after they were tonked 3-0 at Old Trafford.
The Daily Express claims the Brazilian threatened to leave following Chelsea’s 1-1 FA Cup draw with Southend and the 3-0 Premier League defeat at Manchester United.
The paper quotes a Chelsea source, who says: “He [Scolari] is an emotional guy and he was really down after both those games. Twice Felipe asked to be allowed to go because he was so low but he was talked out of it each time.”
It seems that Roman Abramovich finally put Scolari out of his misery on Monday, something which was probably not a shock to the former Chelsea manager. What do supporters make of the above claims? There were rumours that Scolari was struggling to summon the energies required to manage this team of millionaires, it appears as though he had been lacking the mental toughness for the job for some time.