Chelsea has sacked manager Jose Mourinho – just seven months after being crowned Premier League champions
The decision comes after the Blues fell to their ninth defeat of the season in the Premier League, losing 2-1 away at Leicester, who rose to the top of the table – 20 points ahead of the London side.
Mourinho is set to be paid for the remainder of his Chelsea contract after leaving the club on Thursday.
His departure from the club comes less than seven months after lifting the Premier League table with Chelsea having lost nine times already.
The “Special One” signed a bumper £30m four-year deal before the start of the season – securing his services until 2019.
It was thought that contract – and subsequent pay-off – was a decisive factor in Roman Abramovich not pulling the trigger before now. However, the Portuguese is not set for a lucrative pay-off from the Stamford Bridge club.
Instead he will be paid for the remaining three-and-a-half years of his contract in west London – netting his £250,000-a-week salary until he lands another job.
If he decides against working for other clubs, it means Abramovich could end up coughing out £45.5million for him to do nothing.