Jose Mourinho has been fired as Chelsea manager seven months after he led the team to the Premier League title.
The Portuguese had been in his second spell at Chelsea, taking charge in June 2013.
Chelsea finished eight points clear last season and won the League Cup, but has lost nine of their 16 league games so far and is 16th in the table, one point above the relegation places.
The 52-year-old’s final match was the December 14 defeat at leaders Leicester City with 2-1.
Pep Guardiola, Guus Hiddink, Juande Ramos and Brendan Rodgers have all been touted as possible successors as Blues owner Roman Abramovich begins another managerial search.
Chelsea issued the following statement: “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.”