Jose Mourinho got sacked as Chelsea boss over the club’s silver service Christmas lunch on Thursday.
Mourinho’s £250,000-a-week contract was terminated after Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich met with senior board members including chairman Bruce Buck and director Eugene Tenenbaum.
Both bosses insisted that Mourinho had left the club by “mutual consent” in a statement released on Thursday.
The official statement on Chelsea’s website reads: “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.”
Dutchman Guus Hiddink, 69, who had a spell as interim boss at Stamford Bridge in 2009 and won the FA Cup, is expected to replace Mourinho in the short term.
Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Leicester on Monday proved too costly for Mourinho.
Abramovich finally had to pull the plug after Chelsea was beaten for the ninth time in the Premier League this season at leaders Leicester on Monday.
Mail Online reports that Chelsea is eyeing Pep Guardiola for the job but Guardiola believes that the club is too volatile and has indicated that Chelsea would require at least 10 new players to get back into the game again.
Speaking to Chelsea TV on the club’s decision to sack Mourinho, Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo says, “That contract clearly signifies that what has happened today was not a pre-meditated decision. It was a decision taken to protect the interests of the club.”
“While there is huge sentiment for the individual who has done so much for the club, the fact of the matter remains that Chelsea Football Club is in trouble. The results are not good. There obviously seemed to be a palpable discord between manager and players, and we felt it was the time to act.”