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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 September 2007, 01:10 GMT 02:10 UK
Mourinho in photos

Montage of Jose Mourinho photos

After three tempestuous years at Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho's tenure at Chelsea has come to an abrupt end

Jose Mourinho (second left) and his coaching staff in 2004

But it was all smiles back in 2004 when Mourinho arrived at Chelsea after success in Portugal with FC Porto

Jose Mourinho

The self-proclaimed "Special One" is soon grabbing headlines and livening up interviews with his unpredictable views

(L-R) Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Michael Ballack and Ashley Cole

And owner Roman Abramovich's deep pockets enable Mourinho to bring in some of the world's most highly rated talent

Mourinho and players with the Premiership trophy in 2005

Success comes on the pitch and Mourinho celebrates the club's first title triumph for 50 years in 2005 with his players

Paulo Ferreira and Frank Lampard enjoy an open-top bus parade to celebrate Chelsea's 2006 title triumph

An open-top bus ride is in order after Mourinho's charges complete back-to-back title wins in 2006

Andriy Shevchenko in discussion with Jose Mourinho

But not all the big names thrive under his tutelage - Andriy Shevchenko struggles after arriving from AC Milan for 30m

Jose Mourinho inspects his own waxwork at Madame Tussauds in 2005

Along with the big signings, Mourinho also brings a splash of sartorial style and self-knowing charisma to West London

Photos of Jose Mourinho

A haircut and a moody look for every situation earn Mourinho fans and detractors within and outside the world of football

A banner in the crowd

While an unswerving knack for self publicity often helps divert attention away from performances on the pitch

Jose Mourinho at the Nou Camp in 2006

But despite two domestic titles, success in the Champions League continues to elude Mourinho - and Abramovich

Jose Mourinho gestures to Arsenal fans after Chelsea draw at The Emirates

His capacity to polarise opinions remains undiminished and earns the wrath of Arsenal fans at The Emirates early in 2007

Mourinho in the dugout against Rosenborg

But a disappointing 1-1 draw in the Champions League against Rosenborg on Tuesday is to prove his last match in charge

Jose Mourinho attends the launch of 'Blue Revolution', a film history of the club

Mourinho attends the club launch of a Chelsea documentary on Wednesday night - fans woke up to a different sort of 'Blue Revolution' on Thursday

Mourinho in his own words
20 Sep 07 |  Fun and Games
What next for Mourinho?
20 Sep 07 |  Chelsea
Manager Mourinho leaves Chelsea
19 Sep 07 |  Chelsea
Comment: Mourning Mourinho's exit
20 Sep 07 |  Football
Reaction to Mourinho's exit
20 Sep 07 |  Chelsea


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