Read: Complete statement released by Chelsea after sacking Jose Mourinho

This is the worst performance ever by any defending champions in the Premier League ever.

Updated: Dec 17, 2015, 21:41 PM IST
Read: Complete statement released by Chelsea after sacking Jose Mourinho

New Delhi: The English Premier League (EPL) defending champions, Chelsea, on Thursday sacked coach Jose Mourinho after a string of poor performances by the team in the on-going season.

The club, took to its Twitter account to confirm the news regarding the sacking and even sent a press release, thanking the coach for his association with the Blues.

The Portuguese returned for a second stint at Stamford Bridge in 2013 and last season led them to the English title and the League Cup.

Here is the complete release.

All at Chelsea thank Jose for his immense contribution since he returned as manager in the summer of 2013.

His three league titles, FA Cup, Community Shield and three League Cup wins over two spells make him the most successful manager in our 110-year history. But both Jose and the board agreed results have not been good enough this season and believe it is in the best interests of both parties to go our separate ways.
The club wishes to make clear Jose leaves us on good terms and will always remain a much-loved, respected and significant figure at Chelsea. His legacy at Stamford Bridge and in England has long been guaranteed and he will always be warmly welcomed back to Stamford Bridge.

The club’s focus is now on ensuring our talented squad reaches its potential.

There will be no further comment until a new appointment is made.