Premier League champions Chelsea have parted company with manager Jose Mourinho, the club confirmed on Thursday.
This is the second time Mourinho is being forced out of Chelsea in mid-season, after his first spell ended in the middle of the 2007/2008 season.
The club confirmed Mourinho's departure on the website on Thursday, writing: "Chelsea Football Club and Jose Mourinho have today parted company by mutual consent.
"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.
"The club’s focus is now on ensuring our talented squad reaches its potential.
"There will be no further comment until a new appointment is made."
Mourinho leaves Chelsea in 16th place in the league table, just one point off the relegation places.
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