Chelsea have confirmed the stunning news that Jose Mourinho has left the club by “by mutual consent” after just over three years in charge.

The Premier League club reacted to speculation over the future of the Portuguese coach by revealing the two parties had agreed to part company by mutual consent.

Mourinho is understood to have contacted five senior players on Wednesday afternoon to inform them of his departure and by midnight the entire first team squad were aware he was going.

Peter Kenyon, the club’s chief executive, Bruce Buck, the chairman, and Roman Abramovich’s key aide, Eugene Tenenbaum, were called to an emergency meeting at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night to discuss the emerging crisis.

Former Israel coach Avram Grant, recruited in the summer as director of football, is expected to take charge of the side for Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester United.

A statement on the Chelsea website confirmed: “Chelsea Football Club and Jose Mourinho have agreed to part company today (Thursday) by mutual consent.”

Mourinho led the club to two Premier League titles after joining the club in June 2004 but their disappointing start to the new season had taken its toll on him.

He still had three years left on a contract worth a staggering £6.5million a year.

At the time he signed that deal, Mourinho said: “My heart is with Chelsea and the fantastic group of players that I have but the vision of the owner and the board for the future of Chelsea is also one I want to be a part of.

“I cannot imagine another situation or another club where I could be happier. I am totally behind this project.”

But the Chelsea board are thought to have become increasingly unhappy over the team’s form at the beginning of the campaign.

The Blues are currently fifth in the Premier League, two points behind leaders Arsenal after six games, and their 1-1 draw with Rosenborg in their opening Champions League game on Tuesday night – played in front of less than 25,000 fans – did not help Mourinho’s cause.

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September 20th, 2007 Product Guide, 8 Comments
  • Revelian S. N

    It is sad news! we will miss him.

  • yoyo

    Crazy. I never really liked the guy, but the Premiership will miss him. He also kept things interesting at Chelsea and he won trophies. This is what happens when two giant egos collide.

  • redevil

    bad for chelsea. great for united. without their so called ‘special one’, united shoud be able to take care of the blues

  • bashka haji

    bad news for blues good news for united,liverpool,and arsenal becouse the guy live the duty and blues out of order

  • elizabeth

    i will miss him,he was a great part of the team.he did a good job with chelsea and the players loved him.

  • Keeeper King

    He will probably go to Man. U. just to make Chelsea mad. Not this year maybe not even next year but after Fergie is gone.

  • giova * * * *

    I have a feeling he will end up as the coach of the Portuguese national team or a club team in Italy. I don’t think he will end up in Spain like everyone seems to think. Maybe Inter.

  • blue4life

    what is Chelsea goin to do without the ‘The Specal One’
    he was da man withnthe master plan he was goin to win against
    the redevils but instead Jose laughs as they iose 2 to 0 last weekend
    Jose You Da Man