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Mourinho Eyeing Up New Job Already, As Chelsea Name His Replacement

"He is very positive, and is already looking forward," Mourinho's spokesperson said.

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José Mourinho is "looking forward" to his next opportunity and won't be taking a sabbatical following his sacking as Chelsea manager, his agent has said.

Jose Mourinho, sporting a new haircut, at Brighton v Middlesbrough on 19 December

"Each time represents for him the end of a cycle, and the opportunity to start a new one. José hopes that his future after Chelsea this time will be as successful as when he left the club in 2007," the spokesperson for Mourinho said in a statement, according to Sky News.

"He will not be taking a sabbatical, he isn't tired, he doesn't need it, he is very positive, and is already looking forward."

They noted that while Mourinho has chosen to part company with a club a number of times in his career, Chelsea are the only club that has asked him to leave.

On Thursday, Chelsea and Mourinho parted company after the champions made the worst-ever start to a defence of a Premier League crown.

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Jose Mourinho reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Chelsea FC and FC Porto at Stamford Bridge on 9 December.

"Both José 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," the club said in a statement.

The departure marks the end of Mourinho's second stint as the club's manager after he returned in 2013, and despite recent events, his spokesperson said Mourinho was proud of his time at Chelsea.

"José Mourinho is pleased that he returned to Chelsea because he was able to give the fans another Premier League title, which they had not won for many years," Saturday's statement said.

"He is immensely proud of his eight trophies at Chelsea, and thanks the fans for all their support throughout his two spells at the club."

UPDATE

On Saturday Chelsea confirmed former Netherlands manager Guus Hiddink was taking over temporarily for the rest of the season.

Hiddink, 69, previously stepped in when Chelsea sacked Luiz Felipe Scolari in 2009, going on to win the FA Cup that season.

The Dutchman said: "I am excited to return to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the world but is not where it should be at the moment. However, I am sure we can all turn this season around."

He added: "I am looking forward to working with the players and staff at this great club and especially renewing my wonderful relationship with the Chelsea fans."

Laura Silver is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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