Chelsea Loses Fiery Coach

Eccentric, talented Maurinho leaves in spat with owner after two titles in three years
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Sep 20, 2007 3:03 AM CDT
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, left, and assistant Steve Clarke look on during their group B Champions League soccer match against Rosenborg at the Stamford Bridge Stadium, London, in this Sept. 18, 2007...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Chelsea's talented and bizarre coach, Jose Mourinho, has departed his team after a new flare-up of old grievances with owner Roman Abramovich. In his short and brilliant tenure, Mourinho delivered on a promise to end Chelsea's 50-year title drought, winning the Premier League in 2005 and 2006. A lack of flashiness on offense, however, alienated the owner.

Mourinho, who once referred to himself as "a special one" and was thereafter dubbed as such by the British media, also failed to win the Europe-wide Champions League, losing twice to Liverpool in the semis. He departs with an enviable 85-25-10 record in Chelsea's league games, including a 60-game streak of no losses.