Chelsea lost their eighth Premier League game of the season on Saturday and it was probably their most embarrassing yet.
They set a Premier League first by becoming the first Premier League champion to lose to their Championship counterparts – in this case, Bournemouth – on their home ground.
Unsurprisingly, there are a number of reports in Monday's newspapers suggesting Roman Abramovich is coming round to the idea of sacking Jose Mourinho. With every defeat, more and more fans join him.
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But former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who himself benefitted from a stay of execution in the early days of his Old Trafford reign, believes Chelsea would be foolish to get rid of the Special One.
In fact, Ferguson absolutely nailed it with his response, telling the Russian oligarch that he can no longer rely on pulling the trigger as quickly as he has done in the past, and can't dismiss 'one of the best coaches of all time' without good reason.
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Here's his response:
"Abramovich has sacked so many coaches in the last 10 years that I am sure he has learned from it," the Scotsman said during a talk at TechCrunch.
"He has to trust and have confidence that Jose can turn it around.
“There is no point in sacking one of the best coaches of all time, he’s won the European Cup twice, he’s won the league in each country he’s managed in, he’s won the big trophies.
"It would be foolish to take that step to sack him. That would be bad management. It’s not leadership, that."
And who can disagree with that?
The fact is, Abramovich has dismissed a number of coaches without giving them a real chance and, as a result, he has now exhausted the supply of world-class managers. Indeed, the favourite to replace Mourinho if he is sacked is Carlo Ancelotti, who himself has felt the full force of Abramovich's impatience in the recent past.
It may have also cost them any chance of convincing Pep Guardiola to come to west London. The current Bayern Munich manager has been consistently linked with a move to the Premier League, but he would surely not leave his stellar reputation in the hands of a man prone to losing interest so quickly.
Mourinho has obviously proved he can bring success to whatever club he is in charge of and, as Ferguson pointed out, this is the first time in his career where he has really struggled. But, as all great leaders do, he will eventually find a route back to the top.
Ferguson continued: “I’ve been watching Jose and I’ve spoken to him a couple of times. It’s the first time he’s been confronted with non-success.
"If you look at his whole career it’s been nothing but a rise all the time, so for the first time in his life he’s had to deal with bad publicity, adversity, and thats a challenge but there are signs he is getting back to a balanced level even though they lost on Saturday.
“For Jose, all good leaders will eventually find a solution. He will find a solution and I think he will get back to normal. It’s not looking great at the moment, but I know the guy and work he has done in football and I can’t see it lasting long."
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