Manchester United legend Gary Neville has insisted that Jose Mourinho must 'take the lead' at Chelsea in his pursuit of redemption at Stamford Bridge.
With Chelsea sitting in 15th place in the Premier League, the Portuguese tactician has endured a torrid opening to the season.
The Blues succumbed to their fifth defeat in 10 league outings at the hands of West Ham United on Saturday, but Neville still believes Mourinho can turn things around.
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Writing in his column for Sky Sports, the pundit has insisted that he doesn't want to see the self-proclaimed 'Special One' depart the club but admits that things must settle down sooner rather than later.
Neville wrote: "He has got to pull it round, he's got to intervene and do something. He's been one of the best managers over the past 10-12 years in terms of intervening in football matches, now he's got to intervene off the pitch.
"He's got to be statesman-like, he's got to take the lead.
"I want to see him at Chelsea, I want to see him in the Premier League. I don't want to see him leave, he brings too much good to the league.
"I want to see it settle down but it's rolling and rolling and getting more traction week by week. He is putting more fuel on the fire and so are the club and players."
Neville is right; the dynamic at Chelsea must change in the immediate future or Mourinho really will suffer the consequences. Five defeats in 10 fixtures really isn't good enough for the current Premier League champions, but Mourinho still has the ability and nous to prove his credentials once again.
It's clear for all to see that the Blues boss must secure a victory over rivals Liverpool this weekend. Despite their disastrous season so far, Mourinho and Co. will still believe they can secure a place in the top four, but they can't afford to fall any further behind their rivals. A win on Saturday can act as the catalyst to kick-start their campaign.
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