Chelsea confirm that Jose Mourinho’s second spell at the club has come to an end, Roman Abramovich has lost patience in Mourinho after falling from champions to 16th in seven months .
Chelsea Football Club sacked THE SPECIAL ONE, THE HAPPY ONE, THE SACKED ONE. Here’s the statement from Chelsea in full:
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.
We can confirm that Hiddink taking the manager’s job temporarily is a done deal. The Dutch coach Guus Hiddink will take over from Jose Mourinho at Chelsea in his second spell as caretaker manager of the club until the end of the season. Hiddink, 69, has been given the temporary job by the Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and his technical director Michael Emenalo after Mourinho was told his time was up this afternoon. He will meet the Chelsea players tomorrow morning and take training ahead of Saturday’s game against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge.
Since the defeat to Leicester City on Monday, the club have been exploring possibilities to replace Mourinho. They did not want to appoint an interim manager again, having had to sack three managers in mid-season since 2009, but were left with no options given the available candidates.
Hiddink won an FA Cup with Chelsea in 2009 when he combined the role with the Russia manager’s job. He replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari on that occasion and impressed Chelsea by steering the club into the Champions League places and winning a trophy. He proved popular among the players and there was thought given to appointing him permanently but his position with Russia made that impossible. He returns to Chelsea having been sacked from his last job as the Holland team coach towards the end of their failed Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. His record since leaving Chelsea has been mixed with Russia failing to qualify for the 2010 World Cup finals. He was coach of the Turkey team that did not qualify for Euro 2014 and had a brief spell in charge of Anzhi Makhachkala.
He takes over a team 16th in the table, a far worse position than the one he inherited from Scolari almost six years ago. However, he does have the opportunity to take the team on in the Champions League. Once again, there is the chance he could land the job on a permanent basis although the preferred candidates are Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone.
Mourinho has been clinging to his job for several weeks but Roman Abramovich has decided that he was unable to turn the team’s fortunes around after nine league defeats already this season.
Mourinho has struggled to cope with the situation and his reactions to the results has played a major part in the decision.
Abramovich had tried to give Mourinho as much time as possible but his patience snapped after the 2-1 defeat away to Leicester City on Monday evening.
The 52-year-old Portuguese leaves Chelsea just a point above the relegation zone and 20 points behind league leaders Leicester although they are in the last 16 of the Champions League. His backroom staff including key allies Rui Faria and Silvino Louro will depart with Mourinho. Mourinho’s demise has been extraordinary at Chelsea who he rejoined two years ago after being sacked in 2007. There has been a catalogue of dramas since he came. In the early days of the slump there was an acceptance at the club that he might have a point. He might still have a point. But the reality is that whatever he is trying to do in order to change it is not working, and the club cannot wait to see whether they finish 15th or 14th.
They sacked Andre Villas-Boas in March of 2012 when Chelsea were fifth in the Premier League. They sacked Roberto Di Matteo when the club were third. The difference with both managers was that they looked as if they were about to go out the Champions League, a challenge that Mourinho has successfully negotiated. It seems to have kept him safe thus far.
He will know, in his heart, it is not enough. His father Jose Mourinho Felix was once sacked from a management job on Christmas Day, a formative experience for the young Jose. The great modern management phenomenon that is Mourinho will be lucky to get that far this year. More News to follow.