Jose Mourinho survives Chelsea crisis meeting after Southampton loss

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Jose Mourinho will remain as Chelsea boss after surviving a crisis meeting following the Blues' 3-1 defeat against Southampton yesterday.

Chelsea have now earned just eight points from eight games in the Premier League, leaving them ten points adrift of current league leaders Manchester City.

Goals from Graziano Pelle, Steven Davis, and Saido Man consigned the Blues to their sixth defeat of the campaign, four days after they fell to a 2-1 loss in the Champions League against Porto. After yesterday's game Mourinho launched a seven-minute monologue in which he insisted that if he was sacked Chelsea would be losing 'the best manager' the club has had.

'I don't run away,' he said. 'If the club wants to sack me they have to sack me because I'm not running away from my responsibilities or my team.'

According to the Daily Mail, Mourinho 'survived' a crisis meeting after yesterday's game and has the full backing of the board, despite Roman Abramovich's displeasure at the recent run of results.

As it stands there is no immediate danger of Mourinho losing his job at Stamford Bridge. The Mail add that part of the decision to keep Mourinho in charge is the belief that he would never return for a third spell at Chelsea.

Mourinho's first spell at Chelsea ended in acrimony when he left in 2007 after a poor run of results, and Abramovich had to pay a reported £18 million in compensation to Special One. Next up for the Blues is a showdown against Aston Villa after the international break.

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