Gary Lineker and more: Twitter reacts as Chelsea sack Jose Mourinho

Gary Lineker is among the tweeters after the news of Jose Mourinho's sacking by Chelsea sends social media into a frenzy

Chelsea have sacked Jose Mourinho just seven months after he led the Blues to the Premier League title.

The west London club confirmed the news on Thursday afternoon following days of speculation surrounding the Portuguese coach’s future intensified in the wake of Monday night’s 2-1 loss to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

He leaves Chelsea in 16th place in the Premier League and a point above the relegation zone.

The breaking news story has inevitably prompted flurries of reactions on social media as fans and pundits begin to speculate about who could be appointed as the Blues’ next manager.

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Pep Guardiola has already been touted by some as a potential replacement for Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, while former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers could be another candidate.

It is not yet clear who will oversee Chelsea’s home game against Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

Here is a selection of some of the tweets to the news that Chelsea sacked Mourinho on Thursday afternoon.

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba sends fresh message to Man United fans about his future
Gabriel Martinelli
Mikel Arteta sends Arsenal warning to Gabriel Martinelli
Tammy Abraham
Thomas Tuchel sends clear message to Chelsea FC star Tammy Abraham
Michael Owen
Michael Owen reveals his prediction for Chelsea FC v Brighton
Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood during lockdown (Photo: Mason Greenwood / Instagram)
'I've been really impressed': Ole Gunnar Solskjaer raves about Man United star Mason Greenwood
Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba sends fresh message to Man United fans about his future
Gabriel Martinelli
Mikel Arteta sends Arsenal warning to Gabriel Martinelli
Tammy Abraham
Thomas Tuchel sends clear message to Chelsea FC star Tammy Abraham
Michael Owen
Michael Owen reveals his prediction for Chelsea FC v Brighton
Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood during lockdown (Photo: Mason Greenwood / Instagram)
'I've been really impressed': Ole Gunnar Solskjaer raves about Man United star Mason Greenwood
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature