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Jose Mourinho has been sacked by Chelsea - confirmed

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Jose Mourinho has been sacked by Chelsea, the club have confirmed this afternoon.

The Special One ends his second spell in charge of the Blues with the club in 16th place having won just four league games this season.

Mourinho, who guided the club to the Premier League title, penned a new four year contract with Chelsea this summer, and could be due up to £40 million in compensation according to reports.

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The final straw came on Monday when Chelsea fell to a 2-1 defeat against Leicester, leaving them 20 points behind the Foxes at the top of the table.

A statement on Chelsea's website read: "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.

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"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. 

After that game, Mourinho claimed that he'd been "betrayed" by his players. He added when asked about his job security: “The only thing I can say is that I want to be. I have no doubts and I think you know me well enough, three years this time, plus three years another time, that I am not afraid of a big challenge, and in this moment this is a real big challenge.

"I want to stay, I hope Mr Abramovich and the board want me to stay.”

It was reported yesterday that Chelsea's board had called a meeting to discuss Mourinho's future, and after deliberations their decision has now been confirmed.

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