Jose Mourinho has been officially sacked as Chelsea manager after a miserable start to the season. Chelsea confirmed that it parted ways with Mourinho. The decision to dismiss him was made during a meeting with the team’s hierarchy. Mourinho will not be paid the reported £40-million in compensation instead he will only be paid what’s left of his £12 million until the end of the season.
Mourinho may have guided the Premier League to a title back in May, but Monday’s loss was their ninth of the season, leaving them in 16th place.
Chelsea admitted that the team’s performance has “not been good enough” but stressed that the separation happened under amicable circumstances. Here is a copy of the statement:
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.
Guus Hiddink will be interim manager until the end of the season.
Chelsea has also confirmed that Friday’s scheduled press conference has been cancelled.