Chelsea have sacked manager Jose Mourinho after two days of crisis board meetings, according to reports.
The 52-year-old Portuguese boss is reported to have been relieved of his Stamford Bridge position just seven months after guiding Chelsea to the Premier League title.
Mourinho drove Chelsea to title and league cup success last term, only to see his team slip to nine defeats in 16 Premier League matches so far this season.
Chelsea cancelled their regular weekly press conference that was scheduled for Friday afternoon in the wake of Mourinho’s departure.
The regular media call was lined up to preview Saturday’s Stamford Bridge Premier League clash against Sunderland, but has now been scrapped.
Mourinho had said after Monday night’s defeat at Leicester that he had been “betrayed” by some of his players.
Mourinho said: “It is a big frustration to accept the goals because my work was betrayed, if that is the right word.
“I worked four days on this match. I prepared everything related to the opponent. I identified four movements where they scored almost all their goals.
“My players got all that information, you can ask them, they are honest guys who will tell you it is true. But in the situations I identify, we concede the first and second goal. The mistakes were there.”
There had been reports of discontent within the Chelsea dressing room all season, though a number of senior professionals had gone on record to state that was never the case.