The Sunday Supplement have debated as to why Chelsea haven’t made a managerial change already as Jose Mourinho comes under further pressure.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Jason Burt of The Telegraph revealed his belief that it comes down to either the club still has faith in the Portuguese tactician, or they have been unable to identify a viable replacement in the middle of the season.
The Premier League champions face a potentially decisive Champions League clash with Porto this week, as defeat against Mourinho’s former club combined with a Dynamo Kiev win over Maccabi Tel-Aviv could see the Blues drop to third place in Group G.
If that were to happen, it would only serve to pile further misery on Mourinho in what has been a bitterly difficult campaign for his side thus far.
Chelsea remain in 14th place in the Premier League table after losing eight of their first 15 games of the campaign, and they have now slipped 14 points adrift of Manchester United who currently occupy the fourth and final Champions League qualification spot.
As a result, it remains to be seen whether or not the club’s hierarchy maintain their faith in the ‘Special One’, or whether they are forced to act if the side’s form doesn’t improve in the coming weeks.
Naturally, as with any club that is struggling, the players also deserve part of the blame as they were unable to overcome Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening in a game that many would have undoubtedly tipped them to win.
Meanwhile, it is unclear as to who Chelsea could bring in during the season to replace Mourinho, although according to The Guardian, Roman Abramovich is waiting to make a move this week if results don’t go his way.
With Pep Guardiola’s contract at Bayern Munich expiring at the end of the season, and with The Express suggesting that Manchester United have made their initial move for Carlo Ancelotti, it remains to be seen what the reigning Premier League champions opt to do.