CHELSEA manager Jose Mourinho has been sacked after the defending champions disastrous start to the season saw league leaders Leicester City inflict a ninth defeat in just 16 matches on Monday night.
It is understood that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovitch was troubled by comments made by the Portuguese after the defeat in which Mourinho declared he felt “betrayed” by the players.
A statement from the west London club came just after 3pm December 17 and read “Chelsea Football Club and José Mourinho have today parted company by mutual consent. All at Chelsea thank José for his immense contribution since he returned as manager in the summer of 2013.”
“The club wishes to make clear José leaves us on good terms and will always remain a much-loved, respected and significant figure at Chelsea.”
It was Mourinho’s second stint at the club after an enormously successful first spell which saw him win successive Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006.
Abramovitch has now laid waste to eight managers since the Russian oligarch bought the club in 2003 and Mourinho’s early departure will come at a price, with the former Inter Milan and Real Madrid coach signing a new four year contract worth £250,000 a week in August this year.
Guus Hiddink, who led the club as caretaker manager in 2009, is an early bookies favourite, whilst Pep Guardiola is an intriguing possibility having made clear his desire to leave Bayern Munich next summer.