Chelsea will have to pay Jose Mourinho a world-record £37.5million in compensation if Roman Abramovich decides to sack him in the near future.
The Daily Star's chief football writer David Woods claims the Blues would be obliged to pay the entire worth of Mourinho's £10m-a-year contract, which has over three and a half years remaining on it.
That would completely eclipse any figure Abramovich has ever paid to dismiss a manager. Luiz Felipe Scolari is the current leader after being sent on his way with £12.6m in his pocket in 2009.
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Andre Villas-Boas, who was sacked just eight months into his reign in 2012 after failing to earn the respect of senior players, agreed on a £12m package, but waived a big chunk by taking charge at Tottenham Hotspur.
But having just signed a new and improved four-year deal in the summer, Mourinho has more time and money left on his contract than any of the fallen managers before him. The staggering fee probably helped Chelsea officials come to the decision to publically back him.
Vote of confidence
The Portuguese was given a vote of confidence on Chelsea's official website while the Evening Standard claimed he has been told his job is safe as long as the team stay in contention for a top four finish.
Chelsea have lost six of their first 12 competitive matches this season and are currently lying in 16th place, ten points behind leaders Manchester City.
Not only have results gone against them, but key players like Eden Hazard, John Terry and Diego Costa have failed to hit top form while Thibaut Courtois is out until late December with a knee injury.
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