CHELSEA have parted company with manager Jose Mourinho.
The current Premier League champions have recorded their worst start to a season for more than thirty years and were recently defeated by Leicester City on Monday night.
That defeat left them 16th in the Premier League table, just one point above the relegation zone.
Speculation this week had linked former Tottenham Hotspur manager Juande Ramos as Mourinho’s replacement.
Mourinho has reportedly been sacked following a meeting with club officials earlier this week.
Despite winning the Premier League title and the League Cup last season, Chelsea struggled to maintain such form in recent months and have lost nine of their sixteen league games this season.
On the opening day of the 2015-16 campaign during a 2-2 home draw against Swansea City, Mourinho angrily exchanged words with former club doctor Eva Carneiro.
Carneiro and other members of Chelsea’s medical team were suspended for the following game, a 3-0 defeat away at Manchester City, and were eventually sacked.
A court case was pursued by Carneiro following her dismissal, and the ongoing saga has coincided with the worst form of Mourinho’s career thus far.
Mourinho is the most successful manager in Chelsea’s history, having now won three league titles and four domestic cup competitions.
This is, however, the second dismissal by Chelsea of Mourinho, after he was originally sacked in September 2007 following a break down in his relationship with owner Roman Abramovich.
Following his sacking eight years ago, he took charge of Inter Milan in June 2008, winning the Champions’ League with the Italian club in 2010.
He would go on to have no such luck in his next job, with only two domestic honours to show for his time spent at Real Madrid.
More to follow.
Mourinho told he was sacked at a meeting with club hierarchy in last 30 mins. Understand he will be paid until end of the season
— Dan Roan (@danroan) December 17, 2015
By Rob Wilson