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Summary

  1. Jose Mourinho sacked by Chelsea
  2. Chelsea won the Premier League title in May, but 16th in table
  3. LIVE: BBC Radio 5 live special on Mourinho sacking
  4. Get involved: Mourinho sacked #bbcsportsday

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By Patrick Jennings and Jamie Lillywhite

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

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Right then. That's it from us this evening. 

We'll leave you with some words from Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo, who has just been speaking to Chelsea TV.

He's had some pretty interesting things to say about why Mourinho was sacked, including the line of there having been a "palpable discord between manager and players."

For more on that one, head over here.

Thanks for all your comments and we'll see you bright and early for another Sportsday, tomorrow morning from 08:00 GMT.

This story is going to run, and run...

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What next for Chelsea?

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Definitely think Diego Simeone's got the character to handle the flour flying around in the kitchen while you've got to ice a lemon drizzle...

'It's not cake making'

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Chris Sutton

Former Norwich striker on BBC Radio 5 live

"It's not cake making, this is football, there are harsh words in dressing rooms. 

"These are brutal places to be and if you can't cope you are outed, you have to have character to be at the top level."

Who next for Chelsea?

Pep Guardiola? Diego Simeone?

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Sun journalist Rob Beasley: "Why would two of the most in-demand managers in the world want to go to Chelsea? 

"You've got more chance of having two or three years at Manchester United or Manchester City than you have of a full season at Chelsea."

Who next for Chelsea?

Diego Simeone?

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European football journalist Graham Hunter: "The bet has to be no but in football nothing is impossible when you have the persuasive powers of Chelsea. Simeone is known to have Abramovich's appreciation of him but Atletico Madrid is the club he is most passionate about, everything he has asked for he has been given." 

You can listen live to BBC Radio 5 live's discussion panel using the links at the top of this page.

Who next for Chelsea?

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So who is next for Chelsea? 

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone's been linked, and Guus Hiddink in a caretaker role until the end of the season has been widely reported. 

There's been a few other names thrown out there which are, let's say, more interesting?

Juande Ramos anyone? Brendan Rodgers?.. (Dare I even type the name...) Avram Grant?

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One word to describe Simeone? Surely has to be slick? He reminds me a bit of Razor Ramon...

'Mourinho would have turned it around'

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Alec Stewart

Ex-England captain on Radio 5 live

"I go to every game and I’m a paid up season ticket holder and the side I’ve watched this year is nothing compared to what it was last year. Something obviously has happened and I don’t think you just blame one person, you have to look at the bigger picture.

"As a fan I wanted Mourinho to stay and I believe he would have turned it around."

'Abramovich had no choice'

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Here's former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher's take, speaking on Sky: “At times he’s hung the players out to dry publicly and he's probably done it privately too. 

“I’m a massive fan of Jose Mourinho, but with the results, something had to change. The only way you can change it right now is change the manager. You can’t change the players.

“It was the only decision the owner could make really.”

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'This wasn't civil war...'

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Daily Telegraph journalist Jason Burt:"When Jose Mourinho went in 2007, it was basically civil war at Chelsea. He was arguing with everyone at the club. 

"This time it has not been like that. If anything the club has probably tried too much to help him, but results just haven't been good enough."

Listen to tonight's special panel discussion of Jose Mourinho's sacking as Chelsea manager using the link at the top of this page.

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Alex: Chelsea have had this coming for years. They've allowed players to dictate how long a manager stays with the club and when the players get bored, they stop playing for them and Abramovich gets them a new manager. As soon as the players got it in their heads that Jose is going nowhere, they would have started playing for him and results would picked up. Abramovich should have come out and said Jose will see out his contract and the players will have to either play for him or get out. Utterly disgraceful. There isn't anyone else that can create a Chelsea dynasty other than him. Sir Alex Ferguson was successful because all the players knew he was going anywhere and couldn't get away with slacking. 

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A penny for your thoughts, Roman

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There’s been a lot of talk about how this affects Jose Mourinho’s reputation.

But what about Chelsea’s? Will managers now think twice before signing up knowing that a dip in form won’t be given time to resolve?

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Not at all awkward, this...

'Players haven't played'

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Alec Stewart

Ex-England captain on Radio 5 live

"The players haven’t played for the manager. I would say they haven’t played for the club and they haven’t played for their teammates. 

"That’s why this decision has been taken, which I think is bitterly disappointing."

'Hazard showed no stomach for fight'

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Journalist Rob Beasley: "If you watched Eden Hazard the other night at Leicester, if that wasn't a guy that showed no guts or stomach for the fight I have never seen one. 

"When you have players like that you are going to have problems as a manager no matter who you are."

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Neil Osmond: A sad day. Players paid millions to sulk and not give their all. Dedicated fans lose out. Get a grip football!

Steve T Davies: I think he should've stayed but now we must move on. CFC is bigger than Jose. Players must respond and turn season round.

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Could Eden have done more?

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A lot of the chat onBBC Radio 5 live's panel discussionis honing in on Eden Hazard as the man who has let Jose Mourinho and Chelsea down this year...

Would you agree with that Blues fans?  

Don't forget you can listen along using the links at the top of this page. Or just turn your radio on...

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Vote results...

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Earlier on we asked you to vote on whether Chelsea were right to sack Jose Mourinho. 

The results are in, and it's good news Jose. Not that it'll get you your job back...

Yes: 38%

No: 62% 

'Call me the ___ one'

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"Call me the Special One."

Jose Mourinho is a man who once told us he was everything.

On his return to Chelsea for this ill-fated second spell in charge, he was "the Happy One".

But what is he now?  

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Answers on a Christmas card please

'Enormous Egos' at Chelsea'

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Chris Sutton

Former Norwich striker on BBC Radio 5 live

"The truth is there are a lot of enormous egos in that dressing room and some of them have downed tools. It is not acceptable but it is nearly always the manager that carries the can.

"Cesc Fabregas was one of those players. Diego Costa was, Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic, Eden Hazard. 

"The other night Mourinho was inferring there wasn't an awful lot wrong with Hazard when he had to come off at Leicester..."

KP aghast at Mourinho departure

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has got some bad news if you're waking up in Australia (or anywhere else for that matter)...

Terrible news to wake up to here in Aus! You gave us more pleasure than most, Josè! Thank you, Thank you! #CFC

Terrible news to wake up to here in Aus! You gave us more pleasure than most, Josè! Thank you, Thank you! #CFC

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Geb: I still believe that Jose is the best in the business from a tactical viewpoint. However, this has often been achieved by adopting a "win at all costs" boring football style. As a long - term season ticket holder l agree with Roman and want to be entertained. Jose's Chelsea don't give us this, nor are we getting results. Sorry Jose, you had to go.

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'Jose will be successful elsewhere'

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Pat Nevin

Former Chelsea winger on BBC Radio 5 live

"There was a desperation from Chelsea to change the system – they wanted to try and build a dynasty but they obviously felt they had to act. 

"If you are into short-termism it is the right decision. But Jose Mourinho is a great manager. I think he will go somewhere else and be very successful."

Where next for Jose?

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If you're out there thinking this is the end for Jose Mourinho, I'd say you were in the minority. He'll be on the blower in no time.

But where next for the manager formerly known as the Special One? 

Manchester United if Louis van Gaal goes? Or Bayern Munich if Pep Guardiola moves on? Back to Real Madrid?

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Remember this? Mourinho is now the same age as Ferguson was when he won his first league title with Manchester United...

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Alan Vaughan: People say JM had lost the players, not the majority. But even worse Roman Abramovich has lost the fans, he will not be forgiven, ever.

Will Clarke: Very bad decision. I don't know a fan who wanted him to leave .. Players have a lot to answer for. Jose the best.

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'Are we really suprised?'

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Chris Sutton

Former Chelsea striker on BBC Radio 5 live

"I keep hear people saying they are surprised by Mourinho's sacking. After Monday night, how can they be? 

"For me he had lost the dressing room earlier on in the season. I have sat in dressing rooms. I know what it is like when big players are upset - they don’t just turn round and say: 'Oh alright.'

"After what Mourinho said about betrayal he knew he had to go. He is not daft. He knew there would be consequences after the words he used."

Mourinho and the Chelsea family

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Martin Keown

Former Arsenal & Aston Villa defender on BBC Radio 5 live

Here's Martin Keown's thoughts on that relationship between manager and players. 

"Everyone talks about this family. It isn't actually. You need to be one step removed. 

"We say things within our own families that we don't get away with in a work environment. Simply, Mourinho's spoken too much to the players and it's almost imploded in front of our own eyes."

Did Mourinho lose his players' support?

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Some of this really does boil down to the misty workings of that wholly unknowable place - professional football's dressing room. 

To the outside observer it is a most mysterious thing. An entity almost - it is something you can 'lose' after all...

And what did Jose mean when he said his work had been "betrayed" by his players, after Monday's 2-1 defeat by Leicester?

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Were the players playing for him?
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For this man though Monday's result was perfection - and a kind of revenge?

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#bbcsportsday vary bad decision I don't know a fan who wanted him to leave .. Players a lot to answer for. Jose the best

Personally as a Chelsea fan, Mourinho will always be a legend. A successor though has to be long term, Carlo Ancelotti? #bbcsportsday

The making of Mourinho

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Martin Keown

Former Arsenal & Aston Villa defender on BBC Radio 5 live

Some of the most interesting reaction I heard this afternoon came from former Arsenal defender Martin Keown.

"It would have been the making of him if he could come through this," he said. 

"I'm disappointed that he's gone because we wanted to see how he'll cope when his team is getting beaten.

"It was astonishing in that last game against Leicester to capitulate the way they did.  He's lost players and there's no trust there. Respect has gone. It's easier to change the manager than it is 22 players."

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BBC Radio 5 Live

Over the next hour and a half, we'll be accompanying a special BBC Radio 5 live programme discussing Jose Mourinho's departure from Chelsea. 

Listen using the links at the top of this very page, or tune in on your radio. 

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What next?

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We're all here because of the many, many questions this most dramatic of managerial sackings stirs up.

There is the practical: Who next? For how long? Where next? And how much?

Then there is the long game. Reputations, personalities, emotions.

There is data to be mined and views to be opined. Welcome to this Sportsday special.

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Shocked? Surprised? Happy? Sad?

What. A. Day.

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And so Chelsea bid farewell to the Special one. 

Jose Mourinho's second spell is broken.  

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From Premier League champions in May, to one point above the relegation zone in December. How?
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There was a fair bit of this...
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Was his work "betrayed" by the Chelsea players?..
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This hooded chap was spotted on his way out of Chelsea's training ground earlier today - is that Jose?

Coming up...

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Join Mark Chapman from 1900 GMT for a special programme about Jose Mourinho's sacking from #CFC #bbcfootball amp.twimg.com/v/de2456d0-cfd…

And you'll be able to listen live using the links at the top of this very page.

We're going into Sportsday extra-time today...

How Mourinho antics dominated social media

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Jose Mourinho has barely been out of the headlines all season.

From disputes with his club doctor to compelling television interviews, talk of getting an "electronic tag" and a series of increasingly damaging defeats, his demise as Chelsea manager has captivated social media.

Here, we chart the key moments in his downfall and look at how his profile on Twitter compared with those of his rival managers.

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Players will be pleased to see back of him

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Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp told Sky Sports News: "I wasn't that surprised at the announcement.

"After Monday's result against Leicester, when words like 'betrayal' were used, unfortunately you felt like there was going to be an ending where the manager has to leave. You can't get rid of players obviously because they have long contracts."

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"It's always light and shade with Jose but it just feels this year there's been a lot more shade. 

"It's unprecedented what's happened to Chelsea after winning the title seven months ago. 

"A lot of players who have fallen out with him will be pleased to see the back of him."

When will Mourinho manage in the Champions League again?

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Mourinho is fourth on the all-time Champions League match wins list... Where will he go next? #UCL

Mourinho is fourth on the all-time Champions League match wins list... Where will he go next? #UCL

A stop-gap appointment?

Chelsea sack Jose Mourinho

Former Chelsea and Netherlands midfielder Boudewijn Zenden has given his views on the potential appointment of Dutchman Guus Hiddink.

“He’s of course someone who is a people manager, if you want to call it that way," Zenden told the BBC World Service. 

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"He is one of the options, a very experienced manager that has earned the stripes and probably the players to listen to. He had a tough time with the national team in Holland, that is why he is available. 

"Chelsea have to make a decision on who is best to take on the job as an interim manager because as far as I can see they want to appoint someone new in the summer.”

How the Mourinho story unfolded

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BBC Sport editor Dan Roan broke the news of Mourinho's sacking 31 minutes before it was confirmed by Chelsea.

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