Embattled Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho has been sacked. Mourinho’s tumultuous final months at Chelsea came to a crushing end on Thursday after he parted company with the club and owner Roman Abramovich following the club’s worst league runs since the arrival of the Russian Billionaire at the Stamford Bridge.
The Portuguese tactician guided Chelsea to the Premier League title in May, but Monday’s 2-1 loss against Leicester City which left the club languisning in 16th place, just a point above the relegation places forced Abramovich to pull the plug on Mourinho’s reign at the cost of about 40 million Pounds. Guus Hiddink is set to be installed as the interim manager until the end of the season, and could even take charge of the Blues clash with Sunderland this weekend.
A club statement confirmed that the club had ‘parted company’ with their manager, and said results had ‘not been good enough’.
‘Chelsea Football Club and Jose Mourinho have today parted company by mutual consent,’ the statement read.
‘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
‘There will be no further comment until a new appointment is made.’
The club also confirmed that their scheduled press conference for Friday has been cancelled.
By Olisemeka Obeche