How fans reacted to Chelsea’s sacking of Jose Mourinho on Twitter

This data shows how the football world reacted to news of Jose Mourinho's sacking by Chelsea on Twitter

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Jose Mourinho was sacked on Thursday Photo: The Sport Review

Chelsea’s decision to sack Jose Mourinho on Thursday inevitably prompted a huge reaction from fans on social media.

The Portuguese coach was dismissed in the wake of Monday night’s 2-1 defeat by Leicester City, a result which left the west London club in 16th place in the Premier League table and languishing just a point above the relegation zone after 16 games.

More that 14,000 tweets were analysed by advanced linguistics tool TheySay to determine whether there was a negative or positive sentiment from users surrounding the decision – and the result suggest that most football fans were not happy about the decision at all.

“Was this the worst decision in football history? A lot of people on Twitter certainly seem to think so,” said Oxford University professor Dr Karo Moilanen, CEO and co-founder of TheySay.

“After the news of Mourinho’s exit from Chelsea, sentiment on Twitter was almost evenly split; in a sample of 14,512 tweets we measured 54 per cent positive sentiment and 46 per cent negative sentiment.

How Twitter reacted to Mourinho’s sacking

Positive sentiment: 54.0%
Negative sentiment: 46.0%
Happiness: 20.6%
Sadness: 12.1%
Surprise: 1.1%
Humour: 31.2%

“Happiness was detected in only 1.7 times more tweets than sadness, mostly due to fans of other football clubs expressing hope that Jose will join their team.

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“No one was really surprised by the news, with only 1.1 per cent of the tweets we analysed containing any expressions of disbelief and surprise. Many were quick to provide comic relief: we detected humour in 31.2 per cent of the tweets referring to Mourinho’s exit.”

Guus Hiddink is expected to be appointed as Mourinho’s successor at Stamford Bridge until at least the end of the season.

The Blues, who won the title at a canter last season, host Sunderland in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon as they look to return to winning ways.

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