There you have it. The most successful manager in Chelsea's history gets the chop, the next victim in the Kings Road version of "my egos bigger than yours."
The 'special one', voted FIFA's international coach of the year in 2004 & 2005 quit Chelski ' by mutual consent.' Such is the man's following esteem, that if there were no Rafa at Pool I'd be screaming for Jose to be given the hot seat.
An open letter to Chelsea fans on the clubs website said: "Early this morning we announced that Chelsea and Jose Mourinho had agreed to part company by mutual consent.
"The key phrase here is that there was mutual agreement. Jose did not resign and he was not sacked.
"What is clear, though, is we had all reached a point where the relationship between the club and Jose had broken down.
"This was despite genuine attempts over several months by all parties to resolve certain differences.
"The reason the decision has been taken is that we believed the breakdown started to impact on the performance of the team and recent results supported this view."
Abramovich may have the capital to hide behind underlings (Kenyon, Buck, Tenenbaum), but it doesn't take a genius to work out that his love affair with his 'boy' Shevchenko (labelled a dressing room spy) and the gamble on Ballack (Mourinho was not keen on these two) heralded the recent change in Chelsea's fortunes. You would not get such boardroom interference at any successful and well run club and if we look at the major football dynasties we'd find that success was built on a foundation of 'one' man in charge, supported by a whole host of experts; Shankly, Busby, Clough, Stein, Paisley, Fergie, Wenger, Benitez, Rijkaard, Ancellotti, Lippi, Hitzfeld... On the same subject of Chelsea being a big club - You're having a laugh aren't you. If Man U were playing Anorthosis Famagusta in a Intertoto playoff they'd have 67,000 at the theatre dreams. Chelsea had half the stadium empty on a Champions League night!!!
You can now picture the scene. 'Bodge up' Spurs sack big Martin, and get Jose. He might have an ego the size of Oz, but could anyone realistically see the best manager in the world at the Lane? I think Mourinho's Chelsea departure has set a cataclysmic chain reaction around the world of football with the start being Bernd Schuster's possible sacking at Real. Why not? Capello was sacked for having the temerity to revive Becks career and win the Primera Liga! Next up is big Phil, who's Portugal national team contract ends with Euro 2008. I think this may be a tad to early for Jose. Then there's Soho. Had it not been for the emergence of Heskey as a giant in the game, we could have had Brian Barwick and the men in white coats beating a path to the Mourinho pad. Then there's Barca, Inter and whisper it! Could he replace Ranieri for the second time in his career by taking over the affairs of the 'Old Lady?'Another interesting factor will be the reaction of senior players, Terry, Lampard, Makelele and Drogba - who has made it clear the Jose is the reason for him staying. This is where Avram Grant will have to earn his corn - can a good cop number 2 step into the breach of club enforcer? I say no and the best current example is Sammy lee at Bolton.
Like or loathe, Jose is a premiershipman of the people, the vivid image sketched in my head is of the great man chucking his premiership medal to the Chelsea faithful. the next manager's role is two fold; beat Jose's track record, and surpass his popularity amongst the supporters. I believe the latter will be the more difficult but will be made easier with the capture of silverware.
I tipped the blues as Premiership champions this year - Chelsea's loss? You couldn't begin to describe it.