Thierry Henry backs Jose Mourinho to save Chelsea’s season

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry believes only one man is capable of turning Chelsea’s season around - and it’s their current manager, Jose Mourinho.

Writing in his latest column for The Sun, Henry says it would make “no sense” for Roman Abramovich to sack the Portuguese coach, despite the fact Chelsea have made a dreadful start to the 2015-16 campaign.

The retired France international believes sacking Mourinho would be a “massive mistake” after handing him a four-year contract in August and labelled Chelsea’s current boss as “one of the greats”.


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“There is only one man who can turn Chelsea’s season around and he is already in place at Stamford Bridge,” Henry explained. “Jose Mourinho is the club’s most successful manager and it makes no sense for them to get rid of the man who put them on the football map.

“When he said the other week that there is no better manager for Chelsea out there, he was telling the truth.

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“It would be a massive mistake to even think about replacing him so soon after handing him a new four-year contract.

“We want the best managers in the world working in England. And Mourinho is one of the greats.

“So I hope that Roman Abramovich gives him the time and respect he deserves to rectify the first serious slump of his career.

“The only people in football who would be happy to see him sacked are the other managers who know he can stop them from winning the title.”

Henry: Chelsea must beat Liverpool

Henry also feels that Saturday’s Premier League clash against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge is huge for Chelsea.

The Sky Sports pundit believes Mourinho can ill-afford to lose this fixture with the pressure already weighed down heavily on his shoulders - and is convinced the Blues stand a decent chance of beating Jurgen Klopp’s men.

“Those at Anfield will believe there has never been a better time to play this fixture but Chelsea can feel the same way,” Henry added. “Liverpool are not in a good way at the moment.

“And they are still trying to adapt to the demands of their new manager, Jurgen Klopp.

“It’s a great opportunity for Chelsea to launch the fightback.

“For Mourinho’s sake, they can’t let this one slip through their fingers.”

Carlo Ancelotti is waiting in the wings

Indeed, it has been rumoured that Mourinho could lose his job if Chelsea are beaten by Liverpool in west London - despite the fact Abramovich would need to pay the former Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss an astronomical £30 million in compensation.

Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly waiting in the wings to replace Mourinho if asked - the Italian coach is unemployed after losing his job at Real Madrid in the summer - and Abramovich may push the panic button if Chelsea slump to their sixth Premier League defeat of the campaign this weekend.

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