Mourinho makes shock Chelsea exit

2007-09-20 18:42:00

Mourinho makes shock Chelsea exit Mourinho's position was the subject of continual scrutiny last seasonChelsea boss Jose Mourinho has stunned the world of football by leaving Stamford Bridge by mutual consent. The decision comes after the club held a crisis meeting to discuss the indifferent start to the new season. Mourinho, 44, joined Chelsea in June 2004 and led them to the Premiership title in each of his first two seasons. But his relationship with Blues owner Roman Abramovich grew increasingly troubled and he quit despite having three years left on his contract. Report: Mourinho exits Stamford Bridge Archive: Mourinho's first season with Chelsea Interview: Former Chelsea midfielder Gavin Peacock Former Israel coach and Chelsea's director of football Avram Grant will take over from Mourinho, whose compensation package is still being agreed. 606: DEBATE It is a move that will provoke widespread despair among Chelsea's fanbase BBC's Phil McNulty BBC Radio 5live football correspondent Jonathan Legard understands Mourinho texted senior players, including skipper John Terry, to tell them he was leaving. Meanwhile, Peter Kenyon, the club's chief executive, Bruce Buck, the chairman, and Abramovich's key aide, Eugene Tenenbaum, were called to an emergency meeting at Stamford Bridge last night to discuss the emerging crisis. A statement on the Chelsea website confirmed: "Chelsea Football Club and Jose Mourinho have agreed to part company today (Thursday) by mutual consent." MOURINHO'S CHELSEA RECORD 2 June, 2004 - Appointed manager 27 February, 2005 - Wins Carling Cup 3-2 v Liverpool 30 April, 2005 - Beat Bolton 2-0 to win Premiership title 4 May, 2005 - Signs new five-year contract 29 April, 2006 - Beat Man Utd 3-0 to win Premiership again 27 February, 2007 - Beat Arsenal 2-1 to win Carling Cup 19 May, 2007 - Win FA Cup by beating Man ... Devamı