Jose Mourinho’s tenure as Chelsea’s manager came to an end Thursday morning. Mourinho led Chelsea to the Premier League title last season but after a very poor first half of this season, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich decided to part ways with Mourinho.
According to sources, 69-year-old former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink will serve as interim manager until the summer when Chelsea hire a permanent replacement. As previously reported, Diego Simeone, Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti are all considered strong candidates to take over at Stamford Bridge long term.
Despite being dismissed, Mourinho will still be remembered as Chelsea’s “special one” and most successful manager delivering two premier league titles and many more dazzling performances in his two separate periods managing Chelsea.
Only Mourinho’s recent months have been more tumultuous than dazzling. The controversial dismissal of team doctor Eva Carneiro, poor form from key players, as well as claims of “betrayal” on the part of the Chelsea players all contributed to a disastrous start of the season, Mourinho’s firing, and Chelsea’s precipitous fall into a relegation battle.