Chelsea Fires Mourinho

After enduring a torrid time this season, losing 9 of its 16 league matches so far, Chelsea Football Club of England’s management finally wielded the big stick against the team’s manager, Jose Mourinho Thursday. A statement by the club’s management said Mourinho is no longer incharge of the club. “Chelsea Football Club and José Mourinho have today parted company by mutual consent,” the club statement read.

The decision did not come to many observers as a surprise as the Portuguese’s future had been a subject of discussion in recent weeks over the team’s dismal performance, the latest of which happened last Monday when it lost 2-1 to Leicester, a result that leaves it fifth from the bottom on the league table, Chelsea’s worst in nearly four decades. It is the second time in two spells that the “Special One,” as Mourinho is called would quit the club in similar circumstance. His first stint, which came to a halt in September 2007, was said to have been mutually arrived at. Mourinho returned to Chelsea the second time in 2013 saying he had come to where he is loved. A year after, he won the league trophy but just months after that triumph the magic disappeared as Chelsea’s poor runs show. It is unclear what Mourinho’s plans are now or even who his replacement is, as the press statement is silent on that but Chelsea’s management, in showing him the exit door, acknowledged his contributions to the club. “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,” it said.

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