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On this day on 2007 – Jose Mourinho’s first spell as Chelsea boss ends abruptly

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Soccer – FA Barclays Premiership – Chelsea v Charlton Athletic – Stamford Bridge

Jose Mourinho’s first term in charge of Chelsea came to an abrupt end on this day in 2007.

The brash Portuguese, who had won the Premier League in each of his first two seasons in charge, left Stamford Bridge by mutual consent after just over three years in charge.

The news came as a huge shock with the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’, recruited from Champions League winners Porto in a publicity fire in 2004, having also lifted the FA Cup and two League Cup victories.

Mourinho was a hugely popular figure at Stamford Bridge before his relationship with Roman Abramovich turned sour (Rebecca Naden/PA)

Yet there had also been reports that Mourinho’s relationship with billionaire club owner Roman Abramovich had grown strained.

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