No way back for José

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Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck has dismissed suggestions of a return for former boss José Mourinho.

With interim boss Guus Hiddink still set to end his temporary spell with the Blues this summer to return to the Russian national team full-time, speculation is intensifying about the long-term managerial situation at Stamford Bridge.

However, when asked in a fans' forum whether the 'Special One' could be on his way back as manager, Buck replied: "My honest answer is that I don't think it is likely to happen.

"José was a great coach and a great guy but I think his time at Chelsea has passed."

"We have great respect, obviously, for what he did for Chelsea and we are on great terms with him. He is a great guy and he did great things for the club.

"But José, the board and Roman (Abramovich) decided it was time for him to leave."

Buck also claims the Blues did not sack the most successful manager in the club's history.

He added: "We didn't fire José — it was mutual that he left.

"There is not much more we can say than in 2007. The board and José were not seeing eye-to-eye on a number of things and it was time we parted company."

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