Soccer

Mourinho leaves defending champion Chelsea for 2nd time after poor start in Premier League

  • Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Chelsea at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Leicester won the match 2-1. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Chelsea at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Leicester won the match 2-1. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 file photo, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho waves to fans singing in his support during the Champions League Group G soccer match between Chelsea and Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge Stadium in London.  Mourinho has left Chelsea with the club languishing one point above the relegation zone just seven months after winning the Premier League title, it was reported on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 file photo, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho waves to fans singing in his support during the Champions League Group G soccer match between Chelsea and Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge Stadium in London. Mourinho has left Chelsea with the club languishing one point above the relegation zone just seven months after winning the Premier League title, it was reported on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 24, 2015 file photo Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho waves to the crowd after the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge stadium in London. Chelsea were awarded the trophy after winning the English Premier League. Mourinho has left Chelsea with the club languishing one point above the relegation zone just seven months after winning the Premier League title, it was reported on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015.  (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)

    FILE - In this May 24, 2015 file photo Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho waves to the crowd after the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge stadium in London. Chelsea were awarded the trophy after winning the English Premier League. Mourinho has left Chelsea with the club languishing one point above the relegation zone just seven months after winning the Premier League title, it was reported on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)  (The Associated Press)

Jose Mourinho is out as Chelsea manager.

Only seven months after winning the Premier League title, the Portuguese coach left with the club languishing one point above the relegation zone.

Chelsea says "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."

Chelsea has lost nine of its 16 league games, with Mourinho's last match a 2-1 loss to Leicester on Monday.

After easing to the league title in May, Mourinho was awarded a new four-year contract.

First hired by Chelsea in 2004, Mourinho won the league twice before a fall-out led to his firing three years later. He was brought back in 2013 by owner Roman Abramovich.