Chelsea are ‘considering’ Juande Ramos as a ‘potential candidate’ to replace Jose Mourinho if the Portuguese is sacked, according to The Times.
Mourinho is under immense pressure at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea lost their ninth league game of 16 this season against Leicester on Monday. The Blues are now 16th in the table, one point above the relegation zone, as their Premier League title defence has turned into a disaster.
There is confusion with regards to the Portuguese’s future, with the Daily Mail claiming on Wednesday morning that Chelsea have held ‘an emergency board meeting’ over their manager. The BBC, Sky Sports and ESPN are amongst those reporting that no emergency board meeting has been held, but that executives have discussed Mourinho’s future in charge.
The BBC’s Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty adds that Mourinho’s future ‘is in question’, while ESPN report that the manager’s future ‘is in serious doubt’. Sky simply say that owner Roman Abramovich has discussed Mourinho with the Blues’ board, but make no admission either way.
Then, all of a sudden…
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Around 20 minutes later, our eyes were suitably rubbed in disbelief; Chelsea are considering Juande Ramos as a candidate to replace Mourinho if he is sacked.
The word ‘potential’ sticks out with regards to Deputy Football Correspondent Matt Hughes’ report that out-of-work Ramos is a ‘shock candidate’.
Ramos has been without a job since leaving Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk by mutual consent in the summer of 2014, having won the domestic league in his final season. Considering Abramovich and Dnipro president Ihor Kolomoyskyi have a storied history, there could be a semblance of truth behind it. Maybe.
Ramos also has a history of landing decent jobs, with his sacking at Tottenham in 2008 followed by his appointment as Real Madrid boss two months later.