Chelsea's bad dream is fast turning into a nightmare that they can't seem to wake up from.
The Blues entered Saturday's game against Southampton on the back of a hit-and-miss run of form. Three straight wins were followed by an away draw to Newcastle - a game they should have won given the Magpies' form - and defeat to FC Porto in the Champions League. A disappointing return after what was believed to have been Chelsea's revival.
Playing in front of their home crowd against the Saints, therefore, it was widely anticipated that the west Londoners would get the win that would kick-start the recovery of their dismal season.
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Even Mourinho sounded confident in his pre-match conference, and with his side taking the lead through Willian, who once again scored from what is fast becoming a trademark free kick, the Portuguese couldn't have wished for a better start.
However, Southampton soon roared back into contention and, through a collection of incisive attacking football and defensive mistakes, ultimately ran out 3-1 winners, which has since led to a vast majority of supporters calling for the sacking of Mourinho as Chelsea manager.
The results are bad - the worst, in fact, that Chelsea have suffered to the start of a season since 1978 when they were relegated - but whilst it's a dark period, sacking Mourinho still isn't the right course of action.
The reason? Continuity.
Ever since the beginning of the Roman Abramovich era, Chelsea have severely lacked stability.
The longest serving coach is Mourinho during first tenure, from 2004 to 2007, and in those three years he became the most successful coach in the Blues' history.
He came back in 2013 and stated his intention to stay as long as Chelsea wanted him. Fans want him to stay and build a dynasty - he wants to do the same thing - but as the saying goes, 'nothing good comes easy'.
Now, therefore, is the time for Abramovich to be patient and support his team and manager through these bad times in order to ensure the continuity that Mourinho has promised.
Mourinho is amongst the best in the game - who could successfully replace him is anyone's guess. A few names like former manager Carlo Ancelotti, Jurgen Kopp and maybe Jupp Heynckes spring to mind, and while they might be the direct remedy for the current situation, in the long run, if they encounter a bad spell of their own, then what next?
The best decision right now is to let Mourinho do his job. Yes, the Premier League title might now be out of reach, but a top four finish is still realistic and there are still three other trophies to play for.
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