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By ESPN Staff

Mourinho quits as Chelsea manager

LONDON -- Jose Mourinho quit as manager of Chelsea late Wednesday, one day after the team was held to a 1-1 tie by Rosenborg in its European Champions League opener.

"Chelsea Football Club and Jose Mourinho have agreed to part company today by mutual consent," the English team said early Thursday on its Web site.

Chelsea is fifth in the English Premier League at 3-1-2 and plays at Manchester United on Sunday.

Mourinho led the club to consecutive Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006, and he won both the Football Association Cup and the League Cup during his tenure. But twice losing in the semifinals of the Champions League put him at odds with billionaire owner Roman Abramovich.

Mourinho won the Champions League with Porto in 2004 and moved to Chelsea the next season. Since purchasing the club, Abramovich has spent hundred of millions of pounds to acquire players with an eye toward winning the European crown.

The Blues made the semifinals in 2005 and again in 2007, but lost to Premier League rival Liverpool each time. In 2006, Chelsea lost to eventual champion Barcelona in the second round.

Sevilla coach Juande Ramos is among the coaches reportedly linked with Mourinho's job. Ramos was in London on Wednesday, and his team lost to Arsenal 3-0 in the Champions League.