Chelsea’s start to the new Premier League campaign has been nothing short of catastrophic, with the reigning English champions losing seven of their first 13 domestic games this term.
The latest blow, a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Stoke at the Britannia Stadium, has left the West London club a mere three points above the relegation zone, with the same goals scored and conceded record as newly promoted Norwich and 13 points adrift of the top four.
For the Blues to salvage their season a major turnaround in fortunes will be needed and given the lofty ambitions of the club’s owner Roman Abramovich, a drastic move could well be considered.
The Russian oil tycoon has forged a venerable reputation for axing managers over his tenure at Stamford Bridge, with plenty given their marching orders in the last decade.
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Tellingly, some of those such as Roberto Di Matteo and Carlo Ancelotti, had led the club to periods of success but this was overlooked when the team were not performing to their best on the pitch.
Given the current predicament that Chelsea find themselves in, parting company with Jose Mourinho will clearly be something that Abramovich is considering.
The Portuguese manager is widely regarded as one of the most prominent managers in the world game and has a track record of success to prove why from his time at Porto, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and his first tenure with the Blues.
However, in the cut-throat industry of winning silverware at the highest level, there is little scope for sentimentality and reputations are quickly discarded. Looking at it objectively, there are certainly reasons to consider sending Mourinho to the exit door.
Bringing in an interim manager, such as in Rafa Benitez and Di Matteo in the past, has worked for the club and led to faltering seasons being saved and silverware won.
The star-studded players at Mourinho’s disposal appear to have stopped reacting to his encouragement and a change in the dugout could well be the spark needed to get the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa firing.
However, there are also real reasons to commit to Mourinho and forget about the mid-season managerial change. The Portuguese trainer has proven himself as a winner, with every likelihood that he will turn the club’s fortunes round sooner rather than later.
With a lack of proven or reputable options currently available quickly, biding time until the summer may well be a better course of action if someone like Pep Guardiola or Diego Simeone is to be lured to West London.
The squad has been hand-picked by Mourinho and he knows the players better than anyone; as such if they are going to fight for a manager it surely should be the Portuguese.
The international break will give Mourinho welcome respite from a dire situation, with Abramovich sure to be considering his options.
However, despite the poor situation Chelsea find themselves in, it seems likely that the current boss will be given a bit longer to revive the club’s stuttering season.