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Mourinho and Chelsea part 'by mutual consent'

Israeli Avram Grant expected to take charge

By Gary Fennelly

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has stunned the world of football by leaving Stamford Bridge by mutual consent after a disastrous start to the season.

Avram Grant, the Israeli coach whose appointment as director of football infuriated Mourinho, is expected to take charge for Sunday's Premiership trip to champions Manchester United.

Chelsea FC confirmed Mourinho's departure "by mutual consent" in a statement on the club's website.

The brief statement reads: "Chelsea Football Club and Jose Mourinho have agreed to part company today (Thursday) by mutual consent."

The announcement follows reports Mourinho sent text messages to five senior players telling them he was leaving.

The Portuguese manager reportedly sent text messages to John Terry, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard to give them the news. Mourinho is understood to have told them: "Thanks very much lads; good luck in the rest of your careers."

The news comes just 24 hours after his side were booed off the Stamford Bridge pitch following their 1-1 Champions League draw with Rosenborg.

Prior to his departure, Mourinho was cut from 14/1 to 10/1to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post.

Mourinho's Chelsea honours

2004/2005 - Premier League Champions, League Cup winners

2005/2006 - Premier League Champions

2006/2007 - League Cup winners, FA Cup winners

Mourinho Timeline

2 June, 2004 - Appointed manager

27 February, 2005 - Wins Carling Cup 3-2 v Liverpool

30 April, 2005 - Beat Bolton 2-0 to win Premiership title

4 May, 2005 - Signs new five-year contract

29 April, 2006 - Beat Man Utd 3-0 to win Premiership again

27 February, 2007 - Beat Arsenal 2-1 to win Carling Cup

19 May, 2007 - Win FA Cup by beating Man Utd 1-0 at Wembley

19 September, 2007 - Leaves Stamford Bridge

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