Harry Redknapp believes it would be “farcical” for Chelsea to sack Jose Mourinho and is at a loss to explain what has gone wrong at Stamford Bridge after being told by Frank Lampard on multiple occasions in the past that players tend to love the Portuguese coach.
Mourinho is under intense pressure following a surprisingly awful start to the 2015-16 campaign - the Blues are languishing in 15th position, having secured 11 points from their opening 10 matches - and speculation is rife that he could lose his job over the forthcoming weeks.
Redknapp, however, reckons Roman Abramovich would be crazy to axe Mourinho, who helped Chelsea win the Premier League title last season, and doesn’t believe that an obvious replacement is currently available.
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“I just don’t understand it,” Redknapp told talkSPORT today. “I’ve spoken to Frank Lampard about Mourinho in the past and the players loved him, absolutely idolised him.
“You don’t go from being probably the best manager in the world to not being good enough and getting the sack in a matter of ten games.
“It’s incredible, really. If that did happen it would show you just how fickle this game is. What chance have you got as a manager if you’ve won everything there is to win and you still get the sack?
“How do you replace him, who with? Where do you go? The only other name in the frame who is out of work at the moment is Ancelotti, but Carlo has been there before. He did a fantastic job there, but they let him go because they always wanted to bring back Jose.
“Now Jose is back at Chelsea and I can’t see any way they can get rid of him, I think it would be farcical.”
Mourinho's Real Madrid exit
Mourinho often gets on with his players when things are going well, but we’ve seen in the past that things can change if results take a turn for the worse.
The 52-year-old fell out with most of the Real Madrid players during his final season at the Bernabeu, and something similar appears to be happening now at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea stars losing faith in Jose Mourinho
It was reported yesterday - by ESPN sources - that Mourinho still has five key Chelsea players on his side: John Terry, Cesc Fabregas, Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta and Diego Costa.
But that quintet of players is reportedly part of a “decreasing group” of stars who remain confident in their manager’s ability to turn the team’s season around.
Mourinho has attracted a huge amount of negative publicity this season, but the siege mentality that he often likes to cultivate can only happen if he has his players onside.
It appears that Mourinho is very close to losing the dressing room at Stamford Bridge - and once that happens, if it hasn’t already, he’ll be a dead man walking.
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