Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho finds himself in an unprecedented situation. His team is currently struggling in the Premier League and sits just three points above the relegation zone. The Blues’ season hit a new low when the Blues suffered a 1-0 home loss against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The London club will now host Porto in a crucial Champions League game on Wednesday, but Jason Burt of Daily Telegraph thinks that the Portuguese might not last at Stamford Bridge for the game.
“Do they give him the Porto game or do they make a change now? That’s the ongoing debate at Chelsea,” Burt told Sky Sports’s the Sunday Supplement. “The fact [Roman] Abramovich was at the game last night counts against Mourinho because the key now is the Champions League match that they can’t afford to lose. As the owner watching the game against Bournemouth you think can we guarantee they won’t lose to Porto? I don’t think they can. Either they do have faith in him, which is I think is eroding all the time, or they are not sure what to do in terms of a replacement. I think they are considering a number of candidates.”
Burt is of the opinion that if the Premier League winners decide to persist with Mourinho, it will be a deviation from their result-based philosophy they have adapted in Abramovich era. “Every other manager who has been in that situation has lost their job,” he added. “Maybe they think he is the Special One, and we do stick with him and write off the season and go again next year.
“Maybe they are going to do that; I still sense he will probably not be there for much longer. He has tried everything, but nothing is drastically improving. Things have got better but not enough; there is going to reach a stage where they are not going to reach the top four.”