Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho could leave Stamford Bridge after just one season back in west London as the power struggle inside the club reaches boiling point, according to former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys.
Keys - whose blogs, despite being the cause of much amusement, have contained eye-opening information from his well-connected sources - is led to believe that Mourinho may no longer be in charge of the Blues come the start of the 2014/15 campaign after a difficult season back at the Bridge.
“I am not convinced Mourinho will at The Bridge at the start of next season,” Keys wrote in the latest blog for his personal website. “There's a major power struggle going on again. He has been trying to make the point about Chelsea not being 'tough' enough all season, playing without a center forward, criticizing Hazard etc. There will only be one winner - and it won't be Jose.”
Mourinho is poised to end his first season back at Chelsea without a trophy after Sunday’s 0-0 draw against Norwich City seriously dented the Blues’ hopes of winning the Premier League title for the first time since 2010. That bitter blow came just four days after Mourinho’s men were denied a place in the Champions League final by Atletico Madrid, who recorded a convincing 3-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.
The Portuguese coach, who is still widely recognised as one of the best managers in the sport, also failed to win a trophy last season, his final campaign with Real Madrid. Mourinho fell out with just about everyone at the Bernabeu - staff, players and fans alike - before agreeing to leave the club at the end of the season.
Is the same thing happening - or about to happen - at Stamford Bridge?
Mourinho alienated the club’s two-time Player of the Year Juan Mata before selling him to Manchester United in January, argued that he doesn’t have a proper striker in his ranks despite agreeing to loan Romelu Lukaku to Everton for the season, and has now fallen out with Eden Hazard after the Belgium international complained about his manager’s negative tactics.
Chelsea fans: will Mourinho leave Stamford Bridge this summer? Have your say in the comments section below!