Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that Chelsea’s Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho is one of the best ever and that they simply cannot sack him. The reigning Premier League Champions are a shadow of their former selves and Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth is the latest defeat this season. Alarmingly, of the 15 matches they have played so far, a whopping eight have ended in defeat.
Speaking to The Mirror, Sir Alex said, “Abramovich has sacked so many coaches in the last 10 years that I am sure he has learned from it. He has to trust and have confidence that Jose can turn it around. There is no point in sacking one of the best coaches of all time, he’s won the Champions League twice, he’s won the league in each country he’s managed in, he’s won the big trophies. It would be foolish to take that step to sack him. That would be bad management. It’s not leadership, that.”
The Blues coach’s future seems dicey but Ferguson feels that owner Roman Abramovich should stick to him. Even though this may be the first time Mourinho has struggled in his career, Ferguson backs him up to turn the game around. “I’ve been watching Jose and I’ve spoken to him a couple of times. It’s the first time he’s been confronted with non-success. If you look at his whole career it’s been nothing but a rise all the time, so for the first time in his life he’s had to deal with bad publicity, adversity, and that’s a challenge but there are signs he is getting back to a balanced level even though they lost on Saturday.”
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This season is turning out to be a baptism of fire for the self proclaimed Special One and all eyes will be on the manager as he tries to steer his not towards success, but safety. With 15 points from 15 games, Chelsea sit just two points above the drop zone. Lingering around the bottom of the table is a feeling that the newer generation of the club’s fans have never experienced and Mourinho will be trying his best to get them out this misery.