Russian owner Roman Abramovich isn’t afraid of pulling the trigger and Jose Mourinho is in the firing line. After the 2-1 home loss to Southampton the club’s board held a crisis meeting at HQ while a gathering of journalists lingered like vultures surrounding a dying animal. They smelt blood but “The Special One” was given Chelsea’s backing, at least for the meantime.
The Portuguese coach had the English media eating out of his hand when he arrived for his first season in 2004. Coming off the back of Champions League success with Porto, the charismatic manager swept all before him to take back-to-back Premier League titles and solidify himself as the top boss in the game. A treble-winning season with Inter Milan and a La Liga title with Real Madrid did nothing to dent his ego, but his 3 seasons at the Bernabeu changed Jose.
First of all he lost his devilish young looks, transforming from a glowing Iberian to a withered old man in the space of a few years. The stress of coaching took a toll on the most confident man in the sport and since that time Mourinho’s image of superiority has proven to be a façade. He was sacked acrimoniously before by Abramovich in 2007 and whose to say history won’t repeat itself again?
The bizarre quotes that are emanating from Stamford Bridge are a worrying sign for Jose loyalists. It appears the walls are closing as Chelsea’s league position spirals downward. The fans are beginning to turn and the players are growing ever frustrated by their style. Roman wants his team winning and playing an attractive brand of football that reflects on him well, so it might be a matter of time before Jose is given his marching orders from West London for a second time. Here are the top 15 reasons Abramovich should sack Jose Mourinho.
16 Going Mad
15 John Terry Tension
14 Eva Carneiro Saga
13 Shocking Football
12 Stifling Creative Players
11 Carlo Ancelotti Availability
10 Picking Needless Fights
9 Arsene Wenger Obsession
8 Branislav Ivanovic Selection
6 No Longer Media Darling
5 No Youth Coming Through
4 Threat of Mutiny Edging Closer
3 Surrounded By “Yes” Men
2 Losing Fan Support
1 Becoming Easy Beats
16th in the league. 2 wins from 8 matches. Equal second worst defense in the competition with 17 goals conceded. The aura surrounding the champions has faded fast to the point where Southampton had the confidence to comeback from a goal down at Stamford Bridge to win fairly comfortably. With a host of internationals the club has every ingredient there to turn the form around, but even a late push to qualify for the Champions League in 3rd or 4th position won’t satisfy the owners. Teams aren’t afraid of Chelsea under Mourinho anymore and one way to change that is to switch the man in the dugout.
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