At the time of a big managerial casualty/mutually agreed exit/carefully planned and controlled departure/sacking (please take your pick), the usual "no one man is bigger than the club" line is trotted out time and time again - and while that is absolutely correct, Jose Mourinho was as close as you are ever going to get to shattering that illusion.
So while we're using well-worn football cliches, I feel genuinely "gutted" to see Jose leave Chelsea. Jose with all his methodology and mind games, is without doubt a genius and getting rid of him is a huge mistake.
Yes he had more money at his disposal than any other manager in world football but as everyone was quick to point out on his arrival (Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson to name but two), “money doesn't guarantee you success".
Just look at his predecessor, the universally popular Claudio Ranieri.
I liked Claudio. He was a decent manager, likeable and entertaining and he conducted himself with dignity despite being treated shabbily by owner Roman Abramovich.
But the fact is, he lacked the extra "special" something that separates the good from the great.
Jose didn't - he has it in abundance, and was happy to tell us so.
But he backed up his bravado and I, and Chelsea fans, loved him all the more for it. Sure he sometimes overstepped the mark but show me a top class manager who is popular with his club's fiercest rivals and absent from that list will be winners like Ferguson, Wenger and Benitez.
As a Chelsea fan you had such faith in Mourinho, hardly ever questioning his tactics and selections. Even if you were a little unsure, not even Jose is perfect, ninety-nine percent of the time he was generally proved correct.
To someone who grew up watching Chelsea struggle to have an FA Cup run beyond early January and whose league season tended to end before it had started, it was a wonderful feeling to have unshakeable faith in the man in charge.
Jose swept into Stamford Bridge not giving a stuff who he offended, the bilionnaire owner included. He promised the world but the bare facts are that he delivered.
He delivered a first Premier League title in 50 years; he delivered back-to-back championships. He won the League Cup twice; he won the FA Cup and given time I'm convinced the Champions League would have followed.
Last season, despite the off-field squabbling we won both domestic cup competitions, finished runners-up in the league and missed out on a Champions League final because of a penalty shoot-out.
The greatest shame is that left to his own devices, I have no doubt Mourinho would have continued to deliver but he was not happy with the interference from above.
Avram Grant's arrival as director of football/manager in waiting further undermined his authority and the uneasy truce brokered in the summer fooled no-one.
Roman wanted more style, Jose wanted more backing. Something had to give and that obviously meant bye bye Jose.
But after little more than three years in charge, Jose has managed a lifetime's worth of impact.
He never lost a home League match - if that's not special, I don't know what is. Thanks Jose you will be sorely missed.