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’s focus is now on ensuring our talented squad reaches its potential.
The Telegraph have since reported that Guus Hiddink will replace Mourinho as interim manager for the remainder of the season.
However, rather than enter the managerial melee, let’s take a look at some of the people who may not be as sad as others to see 'The Special One' leave:
1. Eva Carneiro:
Mourinho was incensed when first-team doctor Carneiro ran on the pitch to treat Eden Hazard, which effectively reduced his side to nine men, at the close of a 2-2 draw against Swansea on the opening weekend of the season.
Carneiro was subsequently replaced on the Chelsea bench and eventually left the club (amid a public row with Mourinho over alleged abusive language used by the Chelsea boss) for which she took legal action and will take part in an employment tribunal in January.
2. Arsene Wenger:
Wenger was among the first of Mourinho’s many nemeses in the UK, after Chelsea were fined £200,000 for “tapping-up” Ashley Cole. Wenger commented regularly that he did not appreciate Mourinho’s flamboyant managerial behaviour.
Mourinho retorted in 2005:
He speaks, speaks, speaks about Chelsea. He should be worried about his own side. He's worried about us, he's always talking about us. It's Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea.
It’s continued nearly a decade, as in Spring 2014, Mourinho responded to Wenger’s allegation’s that he has a "fear of failure" with:
Eight years without silverware, that's failure. He's a specialist in failure.
3. Jonathan Moss:
Mourinho was banned from Stoke's Britannia Stadium by the FA for his actions against referee Moss during his side's defeat against West Ham.
Moss wrote in October the written reasons for the ban, which was announced in November:
He shouted that you f-----g referees are weak... (Arsenal manager Arsene) Wenger is right about you... you are f-----g weak.
4. Mark Clattenburg:
In October, Mourinho sarcastically applauded referee Mark Clattenburg, following a decision to not send off Lucas Leiva with a second yellow card, for what he perceived as a cynical foul.
The 3-1 defeat was the club’s ninth of the season at the time.
5. Claudio Ranieri:
Ranieri suggested that the Portuguese manager had shown a lack of respect by declining a news conference while only two months into his career at Inter Milan.
Mourinho responded in 2008 to the man he replaced at Stamford Bridge in 2004, saying:
I studied Italian five hours a day for many months to ensure I could communicate with the players, media and fans.
Ranieri had been in England for five years and still struggled to say 'Good morning' and 'Good afternoon'. Who is he to tell me what to do?
Ranieri had the last laugh however, following his Leicester side's 2-1 victory against Mourinho's men on Monday.
6. Rafa Benitez:
Benitez’s relationship with Mourinho has been cold at best since his time at Liverpool, as the man himself described in 2007:
Me and Jose were really good friends until Liverpool started beating them. Since then, he seems to have changed his mind.
The Spaniard has followed in the Portuguese's footsteps at three clubs, since, Chelsea included.
In 2010, Mourinho commented after Benitez’s success at Inter, winning the Club World Cup (the only major trophy Mourinho had not won at the club):
I expected at least a thank you for the success that I gave him. Ask all the Inter fans what they think of me and him.
Benitez’s wife, Montserrat Seara, responded in kind when Rafa took the Real Madrid job:
Real Madrid are the third of Jose Mourinho's old teams Rafa has coached. We tidy up his messes.
In addition, when asked his opinion of Mourinho in October, the Spaniard replied:
A great coach... and there we will leave it.
When asked if Mourinho was a good person, Benitez said: