After months of poor play, ire within the locker room, and rampant speculation of discontent, Chelsea have fired manager Jose Mourinho for the second time. The decision comes seven months after Mourinho led the Blues to the Premier League title.
The Portuguese showed up at Stamford Bridge as a savior following the contentious departures of Roberto Di Matteo and Rafael Benitez, however the Blues have dropped nine of their 16 total domestic games during their defense. Chelsea’s also suffered losses in 12 of their 15 total games across all competitions.
Most recently the Blues fell to 16th place on the domestic table since losing to Bournemouth, a club that was just elevated to Premier League this year, and to Leicester City on Monday.
According to ESPNFC, the club held “intense” discussions over Mourinho on Tuesday and Wednesday before sacking the 52-year-old on Thursday.
Chelsea is expected to hire Juande Ramos, a former manager of La Liga’s Sevilla and Tottenham, on an interim basis for the rest of the season, AS reported. The report stresses the manager’s agent was in London to negotiate with Chelsea on a deal.
Mourinho was able to weather the storm at the beginning of Chelsea’s title defense, but many felt he’d lost the confidence of his players and his second stint at the helm of Stamford Bridge is over. Mourinho previously managed Chelsea from 2004 to 2007 before he took over Serie A side Inter Milan and then a stint at Real Madrid.