Former Chelsea winger turned pundit Pat Nevin believes Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will sack Jose Mourinho at the end of next season if he fails to win a trophy for the second consecutive campaign.
Mourinho and Chelsea ended the season trophy-less in the Portuguese coach’s first term back at Stamford Bridge, despite going close in both the Premier League and the Champions League. For the first time in his managerial career, Mourinho has now gone two full seasons without winning a major trophy. He finished his final campaign with Real Madrid empty handed, too.
Nevin, who played at Stamford Bridge for five years in the 1980s, is certain that Abramovich will not tolerate a second season of failure - even if it is Mourinho, a man idolised by the Blues’ faithful, that he is forced to sack.
“They’ve done quite well under Mourinho. It is only his first season,” Nevin is quoted as telling Irish radio station, Newstalk, by The Sport Review. “I agree with José Mourinho that this was the first season and they didn’t have a good enough squad. He proved to be right.”
He continued: “When they tried to play more open against Atlético Madrid, they got torn to shreds. They weren’t good enough to play that open and win the league. Mourinho knew that because he is a pragmatist.
“However, that won’t happen next season because if he does play a very negative style and attritional football but win nothing, however much he is loved down there, Roman will get rid of him. No doubt about that.
“He got this season but next season he will be expected to turn up with trophies. The pressure Abramovich puts on him will be same as the pressure he puts on himself. He can’t stand not winning.”
Mourinho has already started work on ensuring Chelsea are in a better position to challenge for silverware next season. The European Cup-winning coach has struck a £32m deal with Atletico Madrid for in-form striker Diego Costa, who Mourinho hopes will solve the team’s goalscoring troubles.
But it will be interesting to see whether Costa’s arrival will be enough to fire Chelsea to glory in either the Premier League or Champions League. If the Brazil-born Spain international flops and Chelsea end the 2014/15 without a trophy, Nevin’s prediction could become a reality.