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Chelsea's most successful manager -- is sacked AGAIN after a disastrous
start to the football season - just 7 months after he led them
The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde,
is to face trial in France over a multi-million euro payout
to a businessman when she was Finance Minister.
First he was the Special One, then he was the Happy One -
Jose Mourhino has been sacked as manager of Chelsea Football Club
We don't know whether the club's owner Roman Abramovich has
a successor in mind - but officially the search is now on.
Chelsea are currently struggling at sixteenth in the Premier League
table, one point above the relegation places
Let's take a look at the statement Chelsea released about his exit.
It confirms that "Chelsea Football Club and Jose Mourinho have today
And goes on to add: "Both Jose and the board agreed results have
not been good enough this season, and believe it is in the best
interests of both parties to go our separate ways.
The club also pay tribute to him saying: "Jose leaves us on good
terms and will always remain a much-loved,
respected and significant figure at Chelsea.".
In a moment we'll hear the view from Stamford Bridge,
but first our correspondent Andy Swiss has more on the special
It is surely one of football's most dramatic down falls, a few months
ago, Jose Mourinho, celebrating a Premier League title, the is the
Special One, seemed unsackable. But this season, the success turned
sour. Calamities, and now the defeat of the Chelsea rein. Defeat, the
final straw, with Jose Mourinho saying he felt betrayed by his own
team. I have to look at some players, for
one more time, in the eyes, to see if they feel Chelsea the same way
that I do. If they feel our job the same way that I do. If they feel
Chelsea the way that I do, and if they feel being a football
professional the same way I do, for sure, some of them they have to
react in a different way. Jose Mourinho's problems began in the
first match of the season. His outburst at Evo Caneiro, sparking
headlines and ultimately legal action. On the pitch things proved
as turbulent. Chelsea's worst ever Premier League start, prompting
frustration at Jose Mourinho, arguing with the officials. He was
banned from the stadium. As the defeats mounted, Jose Mourinho was a
man struggling for answers. One reason to be easy to fix, it is
not one reason it is a combination of factors.
Now the time for explaining has gone. Over two spells, Jose Mourinho
turned Roman Abramovich's billions into success for Chelsea but now the
rein of one of football's most charismatic and contention figures
is finally over. I asked Joe Wilson what was the
reaction to the announcement among the Chelsea fans and followers.
It is an interesting question. I think as soon as many of us in the
media heard Jose Mourinho almost turn on the players after the defeat
on Monday night against Leicester stir, we assumed that this was
inevitable. We began to wonder why Roman Abramovich was taking his time
when he has such a record of hiring and firing some of the world's most
famous managers at Chelsea. That, embodies their identity with regards
to Jose Mourinho. And talking to people around the ground earlier,
there was not universal approval for the decision to sack Jose Mourinho.
Let's hear from them now. He has been here too long. At the end of
the day he has been a good manager, he has done well, his time is up.
Everyone has their time, that is his time. I think that they have treated
him badly. The players have a lot to do with it, they should be ashamed
of themselves. Shocked. I never saw it coming. If the business managers
give him backing, you would expect it to stay that way. In the normal
weekly conference that the manager would speak out has been cancelled.
That suggests that Chelsea don't have anyone right now to replace
him. Obviously there is money from Roman
Abramovich but this is a club struggling at the bottom of the
Premier League. They are still in the European Champions League. They
will have the knock-out game in February. But I think that the fans
would be yearning for a long-term strategy, some kind of planning and
the manager to put it into effect. Pepe Guardiola would be ideal but
the problem with that is that every big club in Europe wants him now.
Joining us now is Martin Lipton, sports journalist at The Sun.
Is this good news? Well, to lose this man, he has been outstanding.
But this has not been working. There were a series of errors made on and
off the pitch by Jose Mourinho at the club ever since the end of last
season. His working relationship with the squad had become utterly
broken to a degree it could not be repaired.
So, I wanted to ask you who you think is the likely replacement,
looking at what you have been writing, Martin, the name Pepe
Guardiola comes up? There is no doubt, what soever if Roman Catholic
roam to have his choice, Pepe Guardiola would be the next manager
of Chelsea but he does not want to go to Chelsea.
They are not going to get him. So where do they go? I suspect day
aguow Sivilioni. I suspect an imminent appointment as early as
tomorrow, I suspect it could be Guus Hiddink, he took over from call ary
in 2009 and took Chelsea to the FA Cup final, with a victory there and
the Champions League semi-final. What about Jose Mourinho himself?
Presumably he is now waiting for job offers? And they will come. Do not
worry. Real Madrid are looking for a new manager at the end of the
season. Rafael Benitez will not last. PSG, they need a new manager.
Manchester United may decide to get rid of Luis van Gaal. Jose Mourinho
is an observe candidate. Manchester City, were they not to get Guardiola
perhaps may go there. And other clubs, don't worry, he will not be
short of offers. Thank you very much.
The reaction to this story on social media has been quite big -
as you can imagine - Mourinho is trending worldwide
on twitter and some players have commenting as well.
Former Portraguese international player Luis Figo has tweeted
"All the best to my good friend Jose Mourinho,
And Finally, Jan Aage Fjortoft - who is a former Middlesbrough
You might remember the name Martin Shkreli from a few months ago
- he's the young pharmaceutical entrepreneur who sparked outrage
by ordering steep hikes in prescription drug prices,
including one life-saving treatment that went up
Here he is at the time justifying the decision which made him
We are simply charging the right price that the markets have missed
and we are doing something good with the profits, putting them in the
patient's hands. Well now the the 32-year old has
been arrested on charges which don't related to that drug
or the current company he runs, but to two businesses
he was previously involved in. An FBI federal investigation claims
that he was involved in a multi-million
dollar fraud operation. From Washington Jane Obrien told
more about the allegations. Shkreli ran his companies like a
Ponzi scheme. Where he used the subsequent companies to pay off
other companies. So looking to my right and to the left he started out
with a hedge fund in 2009 called MSM B Capital. He took in $3 million
from investors, based on lies, about his prior performance, about his
portfolios, and management funds. We were told about the background to
the case. This morning, Shkreli was wearing a
hoodie. Concealing the person as he himself described as the world's
most eligible batch lower. Now he faces trial.
That drug that leapt 5,000%, did it come down? There was global outrage
about that? There was. Even the presidential candidates for the 2013
election campaign started to talk about it, to say that there should
abcap on pharmaceutical companies doing this sort of thing. Shkreli
said that the price would be brought down but it was not a couple of
weeks ago, it was announced that they would reduce the charge to
hospitals. But patients could still end up when they leave hospital
paying the full price and if they don't insurance companies have to
foot the bill. So the company itself is still being looked into and
someone else is paying the price for the drugs.
A French court has ordered Christine Lagarde, the head
of the International Monetary Fund, to face trial over her role
in a pay-out of some 434 million dollars to businessman Bernard
She was France's finance minister when the big pay-out was ordered --
as compensation for the sale of a firm which he believed had been
We can get more from our correspondent in Paris. Hugh, tell
us more about what has been her role here? Right it is a complicated
story that goes back to the early 1990s, when Bernard Tapi, a famous
business person sold Adidas, the sports company. He thought he was
defrauded in the sale. It was sold to the bank. So the liabilities
ended up being the state's. He took the state to court over many, many
years. Then in 2007, 2008 when Christine Lagarde was the Finance
Minister, she decided Christine Lagarde was the Finance
enough, to put it to arbitration. To put it to private arbitration and
this would be a neutral way of settling the dispute. But the
problem was that the arbitrators ended up with a generous settlement
to Mr Tapi. 400 million euros, there was suspicions that all was not
right. Christine Lagarde is not acuesed of being party to a
stitch-up but she is accused of negligence. That the allegations is
that she should as the Finance Minister have been more diligent in
monitoring this and when the pay-out was so big in reviewing it and
appealing against it. She did not. She says she wanted the whole thing
over and it saved the state money in the long run by doing so. But it has
dogged her. And now, after the last few years, the court, the special
which tries former mshs so she may have to stand trial.
In short it certainly is. I don't foresee this as rocking her
presidency vote. She does have the possibility of running for a second
term from when this ends next year. And this trial if it comes to pass,
as she will appeal against the fact of having a trial would complicate
that second term. France and Germany have
thrown their weight behind proposals for a European border guard force
with powers to intervene in EU member states struggling
to regulate migration. At an end-of-year summit
in Brussels, the German chancellor Angela Merkel said she strongly
supported the plan by The French President,
Francois Hollande, said he agreed The measure would primarily affect
Greece and Italy, the point An EU report said Turkey had
made little progress In a further sign of
thawing US-Cuba relations, the American State Department says
that an agreement has been reached to open up commercial aviation
between the two countries. Officials say that the deal calls
for 110 round trips to the island The news comes a year after plans
to restore relations Speaking on the anniversary,
President Obama said that the U.S. Still has differences with Cuba,
including on human rights, But he said that change
doesn't happen overnight. A temporary ban on the Facebook
WhatsApp messaging service in Brazil A court in Sao Paulo overturned
a judge's decision to suspend it for forty-eight hours
across the country, Almost all cancers are caused
by environmental factors and lifestyle choices -
like smoking and drinking too much alcohol - that's according
to the latest research But the new study is at odds
with a report earlier this year which indicated that most cancers
were down to bad luck and the result Our medical correspondent
Fergus Walsh reports. There are choices we can all make to
cut our risk of cancer. Most importantly not smoking. Having a
balanced diet, and not getting obese, and protecting our skin from
sun damage. But what proportion of cancers are really down to
lifestyle, or just random chance events? The biggest cancer killer of
women in the UK is lung cancer. Victoria Hurd lost her mum to the
disease last year. As with most cases she had been a committed
smoker. It's the second Christmas without my
mum. It is devastating to know that my little boy will not really
remember my mum when he grows up. When I look at young women smoking,
I think that they are absolutely crazy, they will pay the price 30
years down the line. They possibly could get lung cancer.
Every family in the UK has been touched by cancer. There are 2. 5
million people in the UK, living with a cancer diagnosis. When it
comes to bad luck or lifestyle, researchers in New York
mathematically modelled cancer incidents and conclude that between
70 and 90% of the cases are the result of environmental factors and
just 10 to 30% down to bad luck. That contradicts other US research
from January which claim that two thirds of cancers were random.
The latest research teams say that an unhealthy lifestyle is like
playing Russian roulette with your health.
There is an element of luck whether a person gets cancer or not. But if
someone smokes or is exposed to other external factors, that is like
adding two or three more bullets to the gun. So there is still an
element of luck but the odds are stacked against that person.
Old age is the biggest risk factor for cancer. While we cannot hold
back time, a healthy lifestyle will lower our odds of getting cancer.
And a host of other diseases. When it comes to public angry
denunciations there are few better And when it comes to Turkey,
Russia's President, Vladimir Putin, In his marathon annual end
of year news conference, the Russian leader used crude
language to describe the shooting down of a Russian jet over
the Turkish-Syrian border. The event was not held
at the Kremlin, but at Moscow's World Trade Centre
because it's one of few places in the Russian capital
which could accommodate the 1400 Vladimir Putin's end of year news
conference is a marathon event with hours of carefully vetted questions.
The President, who has ruled Russia for 15 years, often uses it to speak
out about international disputes. There is no more pressing issue than
this, the crisis sparked by the shooting down of a Russian fighter
bomber last month by Turkey. A member of NATO. Today, Vladimir
Putin made it clear that the crisis would not end until there were new
leaders in Turkey. TRANSLATION: I think that the
actions of the Turkish government against our planes is not a
friendly, it is an enemy act. Our people have died. We are really
enraged by the fact if it was really an accident, as Turkish government
claims that they did not know it was a Russian plane, what happened? Did
they pick up the phone to explain? The President went tonne use crude
language to criticise Turkey's close relationship with the United States.
And yet relations between Vladimir Putin and the United States seem a
little better at the moment, at least over the attempt to push
forward with a peace process for Syria.
TRANSLATION: I spoke with John Kerry, our position is unchanged, it
is a principle position. The Syrian people must decide who will rule
them. people must decide who will rule
By which standards, and in general, and an important thing, with
support, with the initiative of the United States namely to increase the
efforts of the United Nations. By the end of this marathon news
conference, Vladimir Putin stressed how Russia and the United States
agreed on the need for a new constitution for Syria and the need
to find ways to oversee future elections there. Tomorrow Russia
will support a draft UN resolution endorsing the Syrian peace process.
How does an artist follow a world-wide mega-hit?
Back in 2012, the Korean singer Psy produced and starred in a video
It's now been viewed on the internet nearly two and a half billion times.
Steve Evans has been talking to Psy about his new release.
# Gangnam Style # Gangnam Style. Gangnam Style is
the most watched video ever, with at least 2 billion hits. It was slick,
catchy and immensely popular around the work. I met Psy to discuss it.
He said that the success had been a dream and a nightmare.
Honestly, I didn't even dream about being global something... Or being
recognised by so many countries, or working with so many artists all
over the world. But at the same time, what I meant by nightmare was,
OK, if this party is over, I got to release a new one. How can I top
this? That was the nightmare. Gangnam Style is a trophy in my
life. So, let's say, if we are getting a trophy from somewhere, we
are just putting it in a great place in my house in the livingroom and
every time we see it we are happy, right. That is my trophy and then
move on. right. That is my trophy and then
# I got it from my right. That is my trophy and then
# I got it from my daddy right. That is my trophy and then
# I got it # I got it
# Hey, where did you get that from. He moved on with another striking
video, Daddy. There used to be a song called I Got
It From My Mama. That is a man asking where did she get the
beautiful body, she said from her mama. One day, I thought about the
beautiful body, if ladies are asking me where I get the body from, I say
I got it from my daddy. So I thought I could make a video, a favourite,
Austin Powers, we have Dr Evil and Mini Me, right? So I thought I
wanted to shoot the really weird daddy and son.
Gangnam Style was amazingly successful, how do you keep your
feet on the ground after that kind of success? You seem like a regular
guy. How do you keep your sense? Thank you for saying that, that is
my private agenda, to try to live as a normal person, as a citizen. As
hard as it is but as a father, or as a husband, or as a human being. I
think that artist and singer is not that special a thing but just one
kind of a job, that's what I'm thinking. So when I stepped down
from the stage, or when I'm not working with my job, I really try
hard to live as a normal guy. With that recognition issue, outside of
Korea, it is really easy. The only thing I have to do is take off my
sunglasses and no-one is recognising me, so it is fine!
Imagine you're faced with having brain surgery -
the last thing you might want to do is put on a musical performance
from the operating table - but look at this.
seemingly happily playing his saxaphone, during an operation
to remove a tumour at the Regional Hospital of Malaga.
The unusual musical surgery, which took place two months ago,
was orchestrated to minimize any damage to Carlos's musical ability.
The 27 year old has now spoken about how relaxed he felt
It felt like lying on a beach. I could not imagine it until later
when I saw the videos. Two months ago, I was laying on a
hospital bed. Now it is like I was born again.
What an incredible man and an incredible team of doctors as well.
Well just in case you didn't recognise the tune -
That's all from the programme. I'm Philippa Thomas, thank you very much
for being with us on World News Today. Goodbye for now.
Hello. After mild night for many parts of the British Isles, it looks
like the new day on Friday is a cloudy, mild affair and then some
rain to be had over the western parts of British Isles. That comes
as the weather systems in the Atlantic close on the north-western
quarter. A blustery day in many