Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho has left the English Premier League club just six games into the new season.
Mourinho's departure was confirmed by Chelsea in a stark, one-sentence statement posted on their Web site in the small hours of Thursday morning.
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'Chelsea Football Club and Jose Mourinho have agreed to part company today by mutual consent,' it said.
The statement, printed alongside an oversized image of the club's emblem, left many questions unanswered. Nobody at Chelsea was immediately available for comment.
The official confirmation of Mourinho's departure followed a rash of media reports which had said senior players, including captain John Terry, had received text messages from their Portuguese manager informing them he was leaving.
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