Jose Mourinho still has the backing of Chelsea’s owner Roman Abramovich, according to former Blues player Andriy Shevchenko.
The ‘Special One’ is under a great deal of pressure with his defending Premier League champions having lost a staggering six of the opening 11 fixtures of their title defence.
It’s widely speculated that Mourinho’s status as manager is hanging by a thread, while talk of successors being lined up and a player revolt behind the scenes have done little to stabilise the situation since Abramovich backed his man a few weeks ago.
However, Shevchenko – a player the Londoners’ Russian owner paid close to £30m for back in 2006 – believes that the Portuguese tactician has the backing of his boss:
“I think Roman, first of all, has been working already with José. He still believes in him and still believes in his quality, and José has won the Premier League the last year, and he is a great manager,” he told Marca (via the London Evening Standard).
“Also, the Chelsea fans support him a lot and it means a lot for everyone when you have the support from the club and support from the fans, it’s everything for the players and for the manager.”
Shevchenko – a former Ballon d’Or winner – played under Mourinho for a brief period upon his arrival at the club.