One year on: 'The Special One' ends his second spell at Stamford Bridge
Not to be: Mourinho enjoyed a successful spell in charge of Chelsea several years ago, but was unable to reach the heights of his previous successes in his second stint in charge of the London club.
José Mourinho has left Chelsea on his own terms this morning, the BBC can confirm. The talented Portuguese manager rejoined Chelsea at the beginning of last season, but his squad failed to really challenge for the Barclays Premier League title, which was contested by Manchester City and Liverpool.
City ended Liverpool's hopes by securing their second league title in three years, while Chelsea eventually finished third.
Mourinho declared the season unacceptable and his contract was terminated early this morning, to the dismay of Chelsea fans. Mourinho's initial spell with Chelsea came in the years 2004-2007, where he won two league titles, but was unable to win a major European competition with the Stamford Bridge club.
Since his initial spell ended, Chelsea have hired seven managers, including current Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, recently axed Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and Roberto Di Matteo, who led the club to a UEFA Champions League win over Bayern Munich. It remains to be seen who will take over from Mourinho this time, but if speculation is anything to go by, the favourites seem to be Jens Keller, Roberto Martinez and Slaven Bilic.
Mourinho has not left Chelsea high and dry, 'securing' the future of his beloved club by signing Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas, Filipe Luis and Loic Remy.
And as one legend departs, another arrives as Didier Drogba agreed terms with Mourinho to signal the start of his second spell at Stamford Bridge.