Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has stated that his relationship with Blues owner Roman Abramovich is strong and that he does not fear being sacked at Stamford Bridge.
The defending Premier League champions have started the new campaign in shambolic fashion and find themselves cut adrift from the title contenders after a number of disappointing results.
Pressure is building on the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan trainer, as Chelsea struggle to replicate the form that blew away the competition last term.
Despite the performances and results being less than ideal so far this season, Mourinho has stated that he has Abramovich’s backing and does not fear being shown the door if substandard form continues.
“For me the important thing is the owner and the board’s message to myself,” BBC Sport quote Mourinho as saying.
“Before the statement came out, I was having the feedback from the owner and the board. So the statement was not something new for me.
“I met the owner before dinner so, when I went to dinner, I knew. But even before that, I knew what brought me here. I know the conversation we had two years ago.
“I know what made me sign a new contract, and the reasons why the owner and the board decided to give me a new contract.
“They didn’t have to. I had still two more years, so they didn’t have to give me a new contract.
“After a bad result – which is not the first bad result of the season, obviously I was not happy, far from it. But I never thought about being sacked.”
Chelsea lost to Southampton before the international break and will look to make amends this weekend as the champions host Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues’ Champions League campaign has also been inconsistent so far in 2015-16, with the English side beaten 2-1 by Mourinho’s former side Porto in the last European fixture.