Chelsea did what in May seemed unthinkable today as they sacked manager Jose Mourinho.
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The Special One masterminded Chelsea’s Premier League triumph last season – their third under his management and fourth in total – but has been axed only seven months after delivering the title.
The Blues have suffered an almighty fall in grace this term and are 16th in the table, only one point above the relegation zone, after enduring their worst start to a league campaign in 37 years.
Chelsea released the following statement on their official website this afternoon:
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“Chelsea Football Club and Jose Mourinho have today parted company by mutual consent. All at Chelsea thank Jose for his immense contribution since he returned as manager in the summer of 2013.
“His three league titles, FA Cup, Community Shield and three League Cup wins over two spells make him the most successful manager in our 110-year history. But 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 wishes to make clear Jose leaves us on good terms and will always remain a much-loved, respected and significant figure at Chelsea. His legacy at Stamford Bridge and in England has long been guaranteed and he will always be warmly welcomed back to Stamford Bridge.
“The club’s focus is now on ensuring our talented squad reaches its potential.
“There will be no further comment until a new appointment is made.”
The Blues are expected to make an interim appointment before Chelsea’s match with Sunderland on Saturday. Guus Hiddink and Juande Ramos are believed to be the two managers in the frame.
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