ESPNFC is reporting that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has two games to save his job following the club’s defeat to Liverpool. Chelsea next face Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League before a trip to Stoke next weekend. Sources within the club told ESPN that if things go south in those two matches owner Roman Abromovich would be ready to move on to a new manager.
Sources within the club told ESPN that while there has been no direct contact made by the club, contact between intermediaries has been made regarding former manager Carlo Ancelotti, who has expressed interest.
It’s not hard to have seen something like this coming considering how Roman Abromovich usually acts. He’s essentially the Jerry Jones of the Premier League in that he’s very hands on, which usually ends up hurting his team. Abromovich is the type of guy that demands results and when they’re not there, he acts drastically.
Then you have to factor in the history of Jose Mourinho. He’s a very difficult manager to work with and eventually his shtick wears off. There’s a reason why he’s never lasted at a club for more than three years and why his first stint at Chelsea ended in September of his third year.
As a non-Chelsea fan, I’m loving this, and at this point Mourinho’s post-match press conferences are becoming must-see TV week in week out. Mourinho goes in there and tries to blame everyone else for Chelsea’s shortcomings.
Somehow he never points the finger back at himself for trimming down the size of the squad and letting players like Juan Mata, Kevin de Bruyne, and Romelu Lukaku get away. He never blames himself for not having replacements ready for his defenders who were getting old and eventually would decline. He never looks in the mirror and realizes that running Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas out there every single match for years would eventually wear them down.
The time for Chelsea to move on to a new manager is now. It’s not even the results; it’s Mourinho’s disillusionment with reality. Following their loss to Liverpool Mourinho went to his post-match press conference and answered every question by saying “I have nothing to say.”
Has nothing to do with results anymore. Jose Mourinho is simply turning Chelsea into a joke. That’s why he needs to go #CFC
— Pauly Kwestel (@pkwestelWFAN) October 31, 2015
At this point Mourinho is dragging Chelsea down with him, and if I’m Roman Abromovich I can’t let that happen to my club.
Obviously Carlo Ancelotti is the big name out there but bringing him in would be equally as puzzling. Ancelotti was Chelsea’s manager from 2009-2011–which included him winning the double in 2010–and yet he was still fired for not doing well enough. Ancelotti has called Chelsea the most difficult club he’s ever worked at and yet he’s now willing to go back there?
Under Abromovich, Chelsea have gone through seemingly every big name manager out there and none of them have been good enough for Abromovich. If Ancelotti does get hired by Chelsea, it’s hard to see the second Ancelotti era going any better then the first.
There’s an old saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results. If I could, I’d suggest Roman Abromovich think long and hard about that statement before he moves forward with his upcoming decisions about his club.