Has the ‘Special One’ finally come to the end of the road at Chelsea?

Despite admittedly conquering the Premier League in triumphant style last season, Chelsea – and their increasingly mystified manager – have undoubtedly provided the English top-flight with this year’s most notable under-performing team.

Whilst Leicester City continue to dominate in the upper echelons of the current league table – ironically with former Chelsea boss, Claudio Ranieri, firmly at the helm – the Blues have seemingly begun to frustrate the Stamford Bridge faithful on an almost-week-to-week basis nowadays. It has been a development that few initially saw coming, but an outcome many non-Chelsea supporters nonetheless seem to be enjoying at the moment…

However, as the January transfer window is just waiting around the corner, with a large portion of the 2015/16 campaign obviously still left to be decided – the current situation surrounding Jose Mourinho’s side isn’t quite as disastrous as recent sports headlines would like to make out.

As the Blues could easily still turn their season around, must the Stamford Bridge hierarchy maintain their confidence in their current manager for now, or should Chelsea ultimately bite the bullet and sack Jose Mourinho before the situation becomes truly untenable?

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Well, after the recent home loss to Eddie Howe’s plucky AFC Bournemouth outfit, the under-fire Blues boss is certainly a man operating with a heavy burden on his shoulders at the minute. Chelsea have proven able to explain a handful of their disappointing losses away so far this season – but as Mourinho’s side failed to even score a single goal at home against the Cherries – something seriously has to change behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge now.

In many ways, the loss was truly unforgivable. Bournemouth are a side decimated with injuries at the moment, their distinct lack of top-flight experience could be seen as an obvious vulnerability with all things considered – and the Vitality Stadium faithful would likely be over the moon just to find their team still operating in the English top-flight come the end of the current season.

If Chelsea failed to score against a side such as this, then what genuine hope can the Blues have against anyone else?

Granted the problems down at Stamford Bridge aren’t exclusively of Jose Mourinho’s own making of course. Diego Costa has proven an utter waste of time whenever he has played this term, the likes of Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas are seemingly failing to turn up far too often in 2015/16, and the whole Chelsea back-line has simply lost the impressive defensive organisation that it managed to produce readily throughout the course of last season.

However, as the entire Blues starting XI seems to be faltering at the minute, maybe Mourinho has no choice but to take the lion’s share of the blame. The Portuguese tactician is looking void of energy and enthusiasm with every passing week and assumedly can’t get his Chelsea team playing to their full potential.

His recent decision to operate without a recognised centre-forward has also been questionable at best, and even in light of all his previous achievements with the club in the past, not many people would link Jose Mourinho with the word ‘special’ this term without a shade of unwelcome irony.

Yet on the back of his past success with Chelsea alone, the 52-year-old manager is just about hanging on to his current role at Stamford Bridge. Any other coach in his position would have probably been given their marching orders some time ago truth be told – for at this stage in the proceedings – it remains highly doubtful that the Blues will ever make top-four this season.

So then – if the current league champions go one step further in 2015/16 and somehow fail to make the top-ten altogether – Jose Mourinho will be walking out the door at Stamford Bridge, whatever certain Chelsea fans have to say about the subject. But as Roman Abramovich has so far proven somewhat lenient with the main man for now, the current Blues manager will likely be given until the culmination of the season to fully prove his worth.

There aren’t many world class alternatives out there currently out of work it must be said, Chelsea will likely forcibly repair their ongoing predicament across the upcoming the January transfer window – and because this is Jose Mourinho we are talking about here – the enigmatic tactician will just about remain in the good-books of the Stamford Bridge faithful for now.

If Chelsea get knocked-out of the Champions League at the hands of FC Porto tonight however, then that could all change rather dramatically…