SACKED! Jose Mourinho axed by Chelsea after disastrous start to season

first_img1 Jose Mourinho has been sacked as Chelsea manager.The 52-year-old was informed of his fate on Thursday afternoon after owner Roman Abramovich held extensive talks with senior club figures.Mourinho led Chelsea to the Premier League title only seven months ago and signed a new four-year contract in the summer.But this season has been an unmitigated disaster, with Monday night’s defeat to Leicester the club’s NINTH in just 16 games.That loss left the Blues just a point above the relegation zone and has prompted Abramovich, who publicly backed Mourinho in October, to swing the axe.It is the second time Mourinho has been sacked by the club.The Portuguese’s first spell as Chelsea boss ended in 2007 after a hugely successful three years during which he won the Premier League twice, as well as the FA Cup and League Cup [twice].He went on to win titles in Italy and Spain with Inter Milan and Real Madrid respectively before returning to the Stamford Bridge hotsteat amid much fanfare in 2013.His first year back at Chelsea ended without any silverware but last season he led to the club to the title and to League Cup glory.Now he has been dumped on the managerial scrapheap following a miserable campaign on and off the pitch for Mourinho.He has overseen the worst start to a title defence in Premier League history, while he also came under-fire for his treatment of club doctor Eva Carneiro, who left her position after being criticised in the media by Mourinho.A Chelsea statement read:  “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.”Attention will now turn to the identity of Mourinho’s successor.Guus Hiddink, who enjoyed a temporary spell in charge in 2009, has been tipped to return in an interim role.Pep Guardiola, Diego Simeone and Juande Ramos are also some of the names that have been linked with the job. Joe Mourinho last_img read more