Jose Mourinho's reputation in England may be crumbling faster than a fat-free cookie, but across the continent his nickname, the Special One, remains very much relevant.
When he returned to the Premier League in 2013, fans, pundits and the press ate out the palm of his hand in equal measure. But just six months after lifting his third Premier League title, he has become a pantomime villain.
The Portuguese manager has found himself under intense pressure at Stamford Bridge in recent weeks. Reports on Monday morning suggested one more loss against Liverpool next weekend will seal an inglorious exit from west London for the second time in an otherwise glorious career.
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Chelsea succumbed to their fifth Premier League defeat in their opening ten games against West Ham on Saturday and Mourinho's misery was further increased when he was sent to the stands by referee John Moss after a half-time altercation.
But despite his dramatic fall from grace, Mourinho is still likely to have plenty of offers on the table if Roman Abramovich does indeed drop the guillotine. In fact, one prominent shareholder claims his club have already been in contact.
Alessandro Proto, a self-made millionaire and self-described inspiration behind the 50 Shades of Grey character Christian Grey, is a major player at the Ligue 1 outfit.
He says contact with Mourinho was made in the aftermath of that 2-1 reverse against the Hammers, describing the club as been "convinced" he can make his way down to the glamorous tax haven.
He told Spanish newspaper Sport: "On Saturday night the first contact was made with Jose Mourinho about training Monaco. We are still in a very early stage but we are convinced that Mourinho could train Monaco."