Jose Mourinho is under immense pressure as the manager of Chelsea Football Club, but has today received the ‘full support’ of the club’s board, according to reports.
The self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ has overseen Chelsea’s worst start to a season in the top flight division in England since 1978-1979, losing five matches in all competitions since the start of the season. They have drawn two matches and won four during the same period.
After Saturday’s match, which finished 3-1 to Southampton at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are 16th in the league with just eight points after eight league games. Mourinho said in the aftermath of the match, “I want to make it clear. One, I don’t run away. Two, if the club want to sack me they have to sack me because I am not running away from my responsibilities or my team”.
This comment from Mourinho has led to the board clarifying their position and giving Jose Mourinho their support. They released a statement saying, “The club wants to make it clear that Jose continues to have our full support. We believe we have the right manager to turn this season around and that he has the squad with which to do it”.
Losses at home to Crystal Palace and Southampton combined with away defeats to Everton, Manchester City and FC Porto mean that Chelsea need to respond well after the international break. A home tie against struggling Aston Villa combined with an away tie against Dynamo Kiev, who are yet to be beaten in the Champion’s League, could provide the perfect antidote to Mourinho and the defending Premier League champion’s worries.