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Jose Mourinho's history suggests his short-term future is not at Chelsea

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No matter where Jose Mourinho has been, controversy has followed.

Right now, the Chelsea manager has lost his seventh league game of the season after his team travelled to the Britannia stadium to be defeated by a single Marko Arnautovic goal.

The 52-year-old is facing his worst start to a league campaign in his managerial career. The Portuguese's first turbulent spell was at the end of his third season in charge at Chelsea, during which he had raised the club's profile and propelled them as a team.

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The 2007/08 season started as Chelsea found themselves without star player Arjen Robben, who was sold to Spanish club Real Madrid under the guidance of director of football Avram Grant.

Mourinho would leave the club after a 1-1 home draw against Norwegian side Rosenborg in the Champions League group stages. After a couple of seasons managing Inter Milan, he turned on the referees, accusing them of costing his team points on various occasions.

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This included the infamous handcuffs signal to officials, deemed by the Italian FA as being overly critical and earned the Inter manager a three-match ban. His tirade continued as the Nerazzurri's poor form proceeded.

Fast forward a couple of years, and Mourinho's personal legacy grew even larger when he became head coach at arguably the world's largest club Real Madrid.

Personal rifts with senior members of staff, long standing players - including a very public falling out with Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos - did little to help his cause.

He would soon turn against the media, for suggesting they were the ones who stoked the flames and caused the story to grow.

His love for Chelsea saw him return as the "Happy One" in 2013. After guiding his side to another league title earlier this year, things have taken a turn for the worse as the current campaign has started particularly poorly.

Numerous TV interviews have led to sniggers and gaped mouths from watchers-on and had the whole football world discussing the Blues and more importantly, Mourinho.

It has to be said: there is no smoke without fire, and there is surely a fire within the Chelsea camp, whether it really started when the incident with club doctor Eva Carneiro occurred, or poor form on the pitch really is to blame for everything, stars like Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa don't go from world beaters to underperforming middle of the road players in the space of four months.

Everyone in the world knows what Mourinho brings to a club, he is indeed, a special manager with a huge ego to match, and is there really any other direction to head but down when it comes to replacing him?

Well, this is a decision that will keep the Chelsea hierarchy up at night. In the meantime, the Blues and Mourinho have a huge uphill battle to salvage anything out of this season.

The going is about to get tough, but will Mourinho get going?

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