End Of An Era: Jose Mourinho sacked as Chelsea manager
Chelsea have reportedly sacked manager Jose Mourinho after nine defeats in 16 Premier League games this season.
The club are yet to confirm the Portuguese coach’s departure, but multiple reports this afternoon say that the 52-year-old’s second spell in charge of the Blues is over.
Mourinho led the West London side to the Premier League title and League Cup success last season, but their form has nosedived in 2015-16. Chelsea are 16th in the table, only one point above the bottom three and 20 points behind leaders Leicester City, who they lost 2-1 to on Monday night in Mourinho’s last game in charge.
According to BBC Sport, Mourinho, who will be paid for the rest of the season, was told of his departure this afternoon in a meeting with the club’s board.
The latest reports suggest that Chelsea could target a move for either Pep Guardiola or Diego Simeone at the end of the season and in the meantime appoint an interim manager for the rest of the season.
Former interim boss Guus Hiddink has been touted as a possible stand-in, while former Tottenham Hotspur head coach Juande Ramos is also said to be among the contenders.