jose Mourinho has left his position as Chelsea manager by mutual consent, the club have announced.
After winning the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League title, Mourinho and Chelsea have parted company with the club in 16th place after 16 matches of a difficult start to the campaign.
The Portuguese claimed his third BPL winners’ medal last season in his second spell as manager at Stamford Bridge, which started in the summer of 2013.
Mourinho led Chelsea to back-to-back league titles after first arriving at the club before the 2004/05 season.
Over his two spells at Stamford Bridge, he has won 140 of his 212 matches and has the best points-per-match ratio of any manager to have taken charge of at least 15 fixtures (2.19 points per match).
The club’s technical director, Michael Emenalo, spoke to Chelsea TV about the decision.
“While there is a huge sentiment for the individual who has done so much for the club, the fact remains that Chelsea is in trouble, results are not good, there obviously seems to be a palpable discord between manager and players, and we felt it was time to act,” Emenalo told Chelsea TV.
Emenalo added that Chelsea were “working vigorously and actively to make sure that a managerial appointment is taken care of as soon as possible”.
Earlier in the day an official club statement on chelseafc.com said: “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.”