Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho remains bullish despite his club’s poor start to their Premier League title defence.
Mourinho dismissed comparisons between his current situation and his first stint at Stamford Bridge, that ended in 2007 with his departure after a short period of poor results.
The Chelsea manager guided his team to the Premier League title comfortably last season, but the Blues have already come unstuck against the likes of Swansea City and Crystal Palace this term.
They were also handily beaten by title rivals Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, sparking questions over Mourinho’s long-term future in west London.
However, he insists that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will not remove him this time around.
"Let's be objective," Mourinho said as reported by ESPN. "I don't want to leave the club, in any circumstances,'' the Portuguese said. "And the club doesn't want me to leave. I'm not going to walk away. The club is not going to sack me.
"If somebody, anyone, thinks that I walk, or I leave the job, it's somebody that doesn't know. Chelsea fans know me for good and for bad and that's not my profile, to run away from problems, in this case to run away from bad results.’'
That had also been speculation that Mourinho could walk away from Stamford Bridge after failing to sign the targets he identified prior to the summer window.
The Portuguese boss had earmarked Everton’s John Stones as a priority replacement for John Terry - but the Blues were not able to reach an agreement with the England international’s club.
Chelsea and Everton go head-to-head later today at Goodison Park in the Premier League, with Stones expected to come up against the team he attempted to force a transfer to earlier this summer.
As for Mourinho, this speculation comes just a few weeks after the Chelsea boss put pen to paper on a new two-year contract extension - he already had two years left to run on his previous deal.
As such, it’s unlikely that Mourinho will be going anywhere anytime soon.
What do you think Chelsea fans - keep Mourinho or look for a replacement?