Premier League: Chelsea confirm the sacking of manager Jose Mourinho
Premier League champions Chelsea have parted ways with manager Jose Mourinho after nine defeats in sixteen matches.
The future of the Portuguese had been in some doubt for weeks and the side's 2-1 defeat to Leicester on Monday seems to have been the final straw.
It brings to an end Mourinho's second spell in charge at Stamford Bridge in which time he won two Premier League titles between 2004 and 2007.
He had spells at Inter Milan and Real Madrid before returning to the Blues in 2013.
A statement on the club's website read, "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."
Last season Mourinho oversaw a third Premier League title at Chelsea but the contrast from last May and now is formidable.
Nine defeats, more than double the amount they lost all of last season, has left the champions only one place above the relegation zone.
"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." the statement continued.
"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."
It is being widely reported that Guss Hiddink, who took temporary charge of the club in 2009, will return to the club until the end of the season.