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Chelsea fire Mourinho, to pay him Sh6.18b

Chelsea have fired Jose Mourinho (pictured) as manager. PHOTO/File
Chelsea have fired Jose Mourinho (pictured) as manager. PHOTO/File

LONDON, December 17- Jose Mourinho has been sacked as Chelsea manager after a 2-1 defeat by Leicester compounded his side’s miserable start to the season.

The Portuguese boss guided his side to the Premier League title in May, but Monday’s loss was their ninth of the campaign, leaving them in 16th place, just a point above the relegation places.

Mourinho, who was ready to open talks over a financial settlement to seal his exit after the defeat at West Ham at the end of October, has now seen his second spell at Stamford Bridge come to an end.

Mourinho blamed his players after the Leicester defeat, but Roman Abramovich decided he had to go

But, having only signed a new four-year-deal in the summer, there is likely to be conflict over the severance package offered by Chelsea.

It is the second time Mourinho has left Stamford Bridge under a cloud after ending his first spell as Blues boss in 2007.

Mourinho lost support within the Chelsea hierarchy after his bust-up with former club doctor Eva Carneiro during the 2-2 draw with Swansea on the opening day of the season.

Stars of last season’s campaign including Eden Hazard, Nemanja Matic and Cesar Azpilicueta have all come in for fierce criticism from their manager in front of their peers, leading to splits in the camp.

Abramovich will be forced to pay Mourinho more than £40m (Sh6,138,993,988.41).

The Russian Oligarch held more talks with his management team — Bruce Buck, Marina Granovskaia, Eugene Tenenbaum and Michael Emenalo — about Mourinho’s future.

When the Portuguese returned to the club in 2013, the board voted 3-2 in his favour. It will be another close call.

Buying out his four-year, £250,000 (Sh38,368,712.43)-a-week deal was one of the main reasons behind the reluctance to sack Mourinho so soon after agreeing a new contract.

-By Daily Mail