Chelsea has relieved manager Jose Mourinho from his duties. The club announced the decision on Thursday. There’s no official news yet on who will take over at the club.
The reigning champions are just one point off the relegation zone, sitting in 16th place with 15 points after 16 games. It’s the worst start to a season by a title defending side in Premier League history. The Blues did manage to make it into the Champions League Round of 16, but that was not enough to save Mourinho’s job. The club released the following statement on its website:
“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.”
There’s been no official statement or report yet on who will take over after Mourinho, but several English media outlets reports that former caretaker manager Guus Hiddink could make his return to Stamford Bridge and be the interim manager for the remainder of the season.