Dietmar Hamann believes that Jose Mourinho is ‘begging for the sack’ at Chelsea - based on his recent behaviour and questionable decision making.
Mourinho is under pressure at Stamford Bridge following a poor start to the season, but made it clear before the international break that he would not be resigning.
If he was sacked, however, Mourinho would receive a cool £37.5 million in compensation. This could be one significant reason why the Portuguese coach, who signed a new four-year contract with the Blues in August, has no plans to walk away from his job - regardless of how bad the situation gets over the coming weeks.
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Hamann, speaking to talkSPORT this morning, said: “Some of the stuff he [Mourinho] is coming out with at the moment and over recent weeks is not far from a meltdown. It’s John Carver-esque.
“I don’t know what’s going on with the owner and what the circumstances are, but to me at times it looks like he’s begging for the sack.”
Hamann: Chelsea stars want to see back of Jose
Hamann also believes that Chelsea’s players are becoming sick of Mourinho after he publicly criticised the likes of Eden Hazard, Branislav Ivanovic and John Terry.
“If I look into the Chelsea dressing room now, do I think the majority of players would like to see the back of him? Yes, I think they would,” the former Liverpool star added.
“He’s upset everybody for no reason. Things have not been going well but it’s still early in the season. They’ve made a good start in the Champions League, and in the Premier League there is a long way to go. Can they win the league from where they are? It will be very tough, but it’s early doors and you can’t treat top class players like that.
“It was all nice and fine when he first came here and he was the ‘Special One’ and he was winning games. We can all have a big mouth when we’re winning games, it’s what you do when you lose. You have to have a certain humility about you.
“Once you have that mood in the dressing room, and I can imagine what the likes of Hazard, Ivanovic, even Terry think about him, once you lose that respect and that trust for the manager, it’s curtains. It’s over. End of.
“If he wants to keep his job until the end of the season you’ve got to see a different Chelsea over the next few months. Can I see it? I’m not too sure, I don’t think they can. I’ll be stunned if he’s there by the end of the season.”
No obvious replacement available
But if Mourinho was to leave Chelsea this season, who could replace him?
The current favourite to succeed Mourinho at the Bridge is Pep Guardiola, but he will not be leaving Bayern Munich until next summer at the earliest.
Carlo Ancelotti is the second favourite, although it’s unclear whether he would be willing to return to Chelsea after being sacked by Roman Abramovich in 2011.
Diego Simeone, meanwhile, has a real emotional connection with Atletico Madrid and signed a five-year contract extension with the Spanish club back in March.
There is no obvious candidate to replace Mourinho, at this moment in time, but Abramovich needs the Portuguese to pull his finger out to ensure Chelsea don’t implode this season.
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