Chelsea have confirmed the relationship between Jose Mourinho and the club had "broken down" after the manager left the club by mutual consent.

Director of football Avram Grant and assistant manager Steve Clarke have been put in charge of first-team affairs, with their first job to prepare the team to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday - Mourinho´s relationship with the club had clearly soured beyond the point of being salvaged, and the Blues hierarchy felt it had begun to affect performances.

A club statement read: "Early on Thursday morning we announced Chelsea and Jose Mourinho had agreed to part company by mutual consent. The key phrase here is that there was mutual agreement. Jose did not resign and he was not sacked. What is clear, though, is we had all reached a point where the relationship between the club and Jose had broken down."

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