Mourinho leaves Stamford Bridge over two years into his second spell at the club. The Blues lost 2-1 at Leicester City on Monday, their ninth thrashing in 16 alliance recreations this term. They are sixteenth in the English top flight, only one point clear of the assignment zone; no declaration has been made around an overseer or successor.
A club articulation read: “Chelsea Football Club and José Mourinho have today gone separate ways by shared assent. All at Chelsea say thanks to José for his tremendous commitment since he returned as chief in the mid year of 2013.
“His three alliance titles, FA Cup, Community Shield and three League Cup wins more than two spells make him the best chief in our 110-year history. Be that as it may, both Jose and the board concurred results have not been adequate this season and trust it is to the greatest advantage of both sides to go our different way.
It has been a suitably operatic extended departure. The first hint of something profoundly wrong beneath the surface came on the opening day of the season when, a day after signing a new £30m contract, Mourinho became embroiled in a bizarre on-field falling-out with the club’s popular and long-standing first team doctor, Eva Carneiro.
Carneiro left the club and has since filed legal proceedings against both Mourinho and her former employers. Even now it looks like an entirely avoidable moment of bad blood that has seemed to infect, or at least compound, the wider disintegration of Mourihno’s influence at almost every level.
Chelsea’s players have looked enervated, disgruntled, even openly insubordinate ever since, tottering their way to nine Premier League defeats in 16 games, culminating in a thrillingly hapless 2-1 defeat at Leicester on Monday night. Hollow-eyed, gaunt, gorgeously ravaged – Mourinho was already in the habit of using his increasingly odd post-match press conferences to rail against the moles, traitors, cowards and unworthies inside his own dressing room.