Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman at Old Trafford, the Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, City chief executive Ferran Soriano and Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre were all seen leaving a meeting with American billionaire Stephen Ross. Photograph: PA

The Premier League’s so-called “big five clubs” are coming under pressure to explain why their representatives were seen leaving a meeting with the Am(...)

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich: .  For all that has altered since 2003, it is still only one man’s opinion that matters. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

When Roman Abramovich swallowed his pride and dialled José Mourinho’s number in 2013, in many ways it seemed the ultimate remarriage of convenience. (...)

Guus Hiddink will begin his second interim stint, having taken charge for three-and-a-half months in 2009. Photograph: Koen van Weel/AFP/Getty Images

José Mourinho was sacked as the Chelsea manager yesterday afternoon because of a “palpable discord with the players”, according to the club’s technic(...)

José Mourinho signed a four-year contract in August. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

José Mourinho took training at Chelsea yesterday morning but his job prospects remain fragile and the club’s owner, Roman Abramovich, continues to de(...)

Ben Mee’s late goal snatched a point for Burnley at Stamford Bridge. (Photograph: OLLY GREENWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

Chelsea 1 Burnley 1Chelsea’s troubled week ended in further controversy when Nemanja Matic was sent off as Burnley plundered a late 1-1 Barclays Premi(...)

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini shouts to his players during their Champions League quarter-final second leg soccer match against Borussia Dortmund in Germany.   Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

The odds on Manuel Pellegrini becoming Chelsea manager shortened today after talks reportedly opened with the Chilean last week. The 59-(...)