Mourinho ‘not certain to leave’

By BBC

Speculation about Jose Mourinho’s position as Chelsea manager is nothing new and will “ebb away”, says former Blues winger Pat Nevin.

Mourinho’s future at the club is in question following discussions about his position among Blues directors.

The Premier League champions’ defeat at Leicester on Monday – their ninth loss in 16 league games – left them a point above the relegation places in 16th.

Asked if Mourinho, 52, would be sacked, Nevin said: “I don’t see it happening.”

The Scot, a regular pundit on Chelsea’s television channel, was speaking on a special BBC Radio 5 live programme about Mourinho’s future.

Nevin, who played for the London club from 1983-1988, added: “I’ve been outside Stamford Bridge seven or eight times after games this season and the mood today is no different.

“I would agree the manager’s future has been in doubt for months, but that doesn’t mean he will go.

“It builds up and comes to a crescendo, but every time it then ebbs away.”

Chelsea host fellow strugglers Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday.

Nevin was asked about comments Mourinho made immediately after Monday’s 2-1 defeat.

The Portuguese said he felt his “work was betrayed” by his players at the King Power Stadium.

“That is extreme,” said Nevin. “I would love to ask Mourinho if he meant that. And, if he did, who did he mean exactly?

“Who let him down deliberately? Because that is what betrayal means. It’s an extraordinarily strong word in the English language.

“I wonder if he is aware of how strong. Because if he is, then it was a nuclear option.”

Burnley midfielder Joey Barton, appearing alongside Nevin, suggested an alternative opinion on Mourinho’s post-match comments.

“Semantics can be really difficult here – has Mourinho directly accused anyone of betrayal?” he said.

“If he did then there is no way back – he tends to build an incredible bond with players and backs them to the hilt in the media.

“But is this another one of his masterstrokes? Is he deflecting away from the result and the run of form they’re on?”

  

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