One month, two games, or he’s already gone. The Sunday newspapers are all in debate as to the timeframe of Jose Mourinho’s stay at Chelsea, but all in agreement that the Portuguese’s job is under threat after a sixth Premier League defeat of the season, this to Liverpool.
‘Mourinho will be given a month to change fortunes,’ claim The Independent. Their man, Glenn Moore, reports that ‘sources at the club’ have confirmed ‘there was still no appetite to sack Mourinho’ despite yet another disappointment, and that he would likely be given at least another month to turn things around. That sequence includes Champions League group stage games against Dynamo Kyiv and Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Premier League games against Stoke, Norwich and Spurs, as well as a lovely international break.
The Sun believes Mourinho will be given only two of those games – against Kyiv and Stoke within this next week – to save his job. Mike McGrath says club insiders have claimed Mourinho ‘was summoned for crisis talks with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich hours after the final whistle – and given a last warning.’ Sounds rather serious. McGrath’s Sun colleague Andrew Dillon reported that defeat to Liverpool ‘could prove a tipping point’ last week, for what it’s worth.
‘JOSE WAVES GOODBYE’ is the headline chosen by the Sunday People, whose man Steve Bates believes the Portuguese ‘is on the brink of being sacked’. What gave it away?
Bates goes on to write that defeat to Liverpool has ‘convinced owner Abramovich that change is needed and he is expected to wield the axe this week’. Apparently, ‘sources close’ to Mourinho fear that he could be sacked even before the Champions League clash with Kyiv on Wednesday.
Colin Mafham of the Sunday Express gives no timeline on Mourinho’s stay, but does offer the following: ‘The consensus is that Mourinho will get more time to turn his chumps back into champs again.’ Earlier in the week, the Express claimed defeat to Liverpool would spell the end for the Chelsea boss, so what’s changed?
Over to Neil Ashton now, who has been a busy boy for The Mail on Sunday. Again, Ashton is rather fence-bound as he claims Mourinho’s job is only at risk if he ‘fails to turn results around,’ but the Mail man believes owner Abramovich ‘is prepared’ to fire his manager if necessary. ‘The club have made it known that his job is under threat,’ apparently.
We conclude with Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror, who not only claims Mourinho ‘is on the brink of being sacked,’ but that he would receive only a £9.5million pay-off if Abramovich pulls the trigger. The Mail and the Express both said last week that Mourinho would receive around £30million in compensation, so what’s changed?
Well, according to Mullock, Mourinho has a clause in his contract which stipulates he would receive only one year’s salary if his contract is terminated. ‘Sources in Portugal’ (we presume they have some other relations to Mourinho as opposed to just nationality) say Mourinho could be gone before Wednesday.
Basically, no-one’s got a f**king clue.