Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been given full backing by the club in an official statement this afternoon, as reported by MirrorFootball.
The Portuguese chief has come under increased pressure this season following the Blues’ dreadful start to the defence of their Premier League crown, losing four of their opening eight league games.
Chelsea’s latest defeat game at the hands of Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, which prompted Mourinho to go in to a bizarre post-match rant in which he said: “If the club want to sack me they have to sack me because I am not running away.”
But today the club responded with public vote of confidence for Mourinho, which has sparked further fears that his job remains on the line.
The statement read: “The club wants to make it clear that Jose continues to have our full support.
“As Jose said himself, results have not been good enough and the team’s performances must improve.
“However, we believe that we have the right manager to turn this season around and that he has the squad with which to do it.”
Mourinho’s seven minute response to one question following Saturday’s defeat saw him claim the club would be making a mistake if they were to sack him, and that his players need to claim as much responsibility for their poor start as he does.
“It is a crucial moment in the history of this club because if they sack me they sack the best manager this club has ever had,” he fumed.
“This is a moment for everybody to assume their responsibilities and stick together.”
But despite the Blues publicly backing their manager to turn things around, history suggests it may be the opposite, with several clubs sacking their manager shortly after publicly backing them in the past.
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