Jose Mourinho and Chelsea decided to part company on Thursday, as the most successful manager in club history left the Blues just seven months after delivering the Premier League title.
Mourinho, 52, has overseen a truly shocking title defense as Chelsea currently sit 16th in the table, just one point and two places about the relegation zone.
The Portuguese coach will no doubt return to management at the top level soon, as he’s won league titles in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain and won the UEFA Champions League with both FC Porto and Inter Milan in the past.
His resume speaks for itself but right now one of the greatest managers of all time is out of work after a shocking past six months.
Having been present at many of the games and post-match press conferences mentioned below, here’s my take on where it all went wrong for Mourinho for a second time at Chelsea.
This is the timeline of his demise.
May 3, 2015: Chelsea crowned Premier League champions as Mourinho wins third title in five PL season
August 2: Chelsea lose 1-0 to Arsenal in the FA Community Shield. Mourinho offers to shake hand of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger but Wenger avoids it
August 7: Signs new four-year deal at Chelsea keeping him there until 2019
August 8: The beginning of the end? Chelsea draw 2-2 with Swansea but controversy is in the air as Mourinho launches scathing attack on first team doctor Eva Carneiro and physio Jon Fearn. He then demotes her and she leaves the club, later a legal battle is launched against Mourinho
August 16: A humbling 3-0 defeat at Manchester City proves the extent of Chelsea’s problems with John Terry replaced at half time. Fans at City latch on to the growing Carneiro situation
August 29: After losing just once at home in five previous season, Chelsea lose to Crystal Palace
September 12: Chelsea lose 3-1 at Everton with a forlorn looking Mourinho sitting on the bench at the start of the second half. Chelsea have four points from opening five games
September 19: Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-0 in a fiery encounter which sees Arsenal down to nine-men but Diego Costa is later banned. Mourinho extremely angry in press conference when asked about Costa’s behavior on the pitch, hits out at Wenger
September 29: Defeat at his former club FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League threatens to derail European campaign
October 3: After yet another home defeat in the PL, this time to Southampton, Mourinho claims “there is no better manager than me” and refuses to resign as cracks begin to appear. In the press box after the game a devastated looking John Terry walks past m
October 15: Mourinho is charged, fined by the FA for his post-game comments following the Southampton defeat, saying officials “afraid” to give decisions to his team
October 24: In the next game Mourinho is then sent off at Upton Park for confronting officials in their locker room at half time and watches the second half from the stands. Chelsea lose, once again
October 31: Beaten for the third time this season at home, this time by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool 3-1, Mourinho gathers coaching staff in middle of the pitch and looks bemused
November 2: On the same day he is the subject of individual legal battle from Eva Carneiro and is banned one game by FA for his outburst at West Ham
November 7: Banned from the stadium as Chelsea lost 1-0 at Stoke City, Blues now in 16th place
November 29: After dropping Diego Costa for the 0-0 draw at Tottenham Hotspur, the striker appears to throw his warm-up bib at Chelsea’s manager
December 14: Chelsea suffer a ninth defeat in 16 PL games, this time at league leaders Leicester City. Mourinho says he feels “betrayed” by his players, throws Eden Hazardunder the bus and brandishes Leicester’s ball boys as a “disgrace” to the Premier League
December 17: Chelsea announce they have agreed to “part company with mutual consent” with Mourinho just seven months after he won the PL title. Blues are in 16th place, just one point above the relegation zone