Football: Mourinho leaves Chelsea - how Twitter reacted

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho at a match against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, north London, on Nov 29.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho at a match against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, north London, on Nov 29.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - How Twitter reacted after Jose Mourinho left Chelsea "by mutual consent" on Thursday:

"Thank you for all you have done for me. I owe you a lot and we will all miss you. Good luck in the future and I know you will be back soon." Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas (@cesc4official), who posted a picture of himself with Mourinho's arm around him as they celebrated last season's Premier League title success.

"Jose gone.....pep in next...???" Former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) suggests Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola could be the man to fill Mourinho's boots

"I know there's been plenty of rumours but still shocked to hear of Mourinho's sacking. Who is out there that's better! Could be a huge fight looming for Guardiola's services between Chelsea and the Manchester clubs." Ex-England striker Michael Owen (@themichaelowen)

"Eva Carneiro!" Former England striker and television pundit Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) mischievously adds the name of Chelsea's former team doctor to the mix

"Sad to see Jose leave @chelseafc but sadly inevitable with the results the way they have been. He won't be out of work for long though." Former Chelsea and England manager Glenn Hoddle (@Glennhoddle) expects Mourinho to bounce back quickly.

"I'm hearing Jose has gone, shame he has been immense for @ChelseaFC #Legend as a fan I wish him well in the future." Former Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair (@FrankMSinclair)

"Prior to the beginning of this season, Mourinho had lost 5 of his 249 league home matches. Chelsea have lost 4 of their 8 at home in 2015/16." Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) puts Chelsea's slump into perspective.

"The Special One will always be Special and he'll be back of that i'm sure..." West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady (@karren-brady) tips Mourinho to bounce back.

"Terrible news to wake up to here in Aus! You gave us more pleasure than most, Jose! Guus Hiddink better than Jose?!?! Filthy sacking? Just absolute filth! Out-spoken former England batsman Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) not sitting on the fence as ever.

"Jose, I take it all back.... We'd welcome you with open arms at Man Utd!!!" World number three golfer and Manchester United fan Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) backtracks on previous mockery of Mourinho's recent travails.

"Mourinho won Premier League 6 months ago - SACKED. Wenger hasn't won Premier League for 11yrs - UNSACKABLE." British television personality Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) suggests Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger should suffer the same fate as Mourinho.