Jose Mourinho questioned the motives of those getting "excited" about the prospect of him losing his job at Chelsea. But after overseeing their sixth defeat in 11 Premier League games, there is a familiar feeling that Roman Abramovich is preparing to activate his seasoned trigger finger.
On Sunday morning, in the aftermath of Chelsea's 3-1 reverse against Liverpool, the national newspapers are confused. Some believe he is hours away from the sack while others think he has as long as a month.
The Mirror have gone as far as to say that the Russian oligarch is already writing a cheque for £9.5million – the amount Chelsea would have to pay Mourinho to dismiss him from his post.
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Having signed a four-year contract in the summer, previous reports have suggested Mourinho would be entitled to a huge £35m if Abramovich wanted to break the agreement. However, this new report claims a clause in the contract allows Chelsea to get away with paying him just 12 months salary.
Meanwhile, the Sun on Sunday have claimed Mourinho will get at least two more games to try and turn it around. Chelsea face Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday and Stoke City away next Saturday.
Two more losses and Stamford Bridge officials are ready to dismiss Mourinho, using the international break as a chance to find and install the right replacement.
But, finally, the Independent claim Mourinho has as long as a month to turn the situation in west London around. They say there is currently no appetite in the Chelsea boardroom to replace the Special One.
But what do the fans thinks?
They're still on your side, Jose!
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