Chelsea may be preparing to sack Jose Mourinho or they may be prepared to give him as long as a month to turn it around.
Reports on Sunday, a day after the Blues lost their sixth Premier League game of the season, can't decide how close the Special One is the Stamford Bridge exit door.
But the biggest story to emerge on this day of rest has come via the medium of radio. BBC Radio 5 Live, to be exact. Their presenter, Garry Richardson, stuck his neck out this morning by claiming some players are completely fed up with Mourinho and want him gone.
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Not only is Mourinho's relationship with a number of players at "rock bottom", but one player rather sensationally claimed that he would "rather lose than win for him". If true, then that is not just a problem for Mourinho, but surely a sign that he is heading down a one-way street towards unemployment.
You can listen to Richardson talking about the problems in the Stamford Bridge dressing room by clicking here and scrolling to around 6 minutes 45 seconds.
Here are his comments in full:
Let me tell you what I know on the Chelsea story. My information comes from a Chelsea first team player.
The information was actually passed to me by a football contact. I was told that Jose Mourinho’s relationship with many of his players is at rock bottom.
I was told they’re fed up with the way he’s been dealing with some of them. They’re fed up with his outbursts. I was told that his relationship particularly with Eden Hazard was under immense strain.
Here’s a staggering quote. One player said recently, “I’d rather lose than win for him”. Now that last quote may well have been said in the heat of the moment, but it perhaps gives an insight into the mood of some of the players.
Ray Wilkins' counterclaim
Much like the conflicting reports regarding Mourinho's future, there are also some who claim the players are still very much behind their manager.
Ray Wilkins, a Chelsea man through-an-through, told the very same radio station that Richardson was, well, talking rubbish.
"I think they're behind Mourinho - they're just not performing," he told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek.
"That's one of Jose's major assets. He has the ability not to control but to actually talk and get all the players on his side.
"I believe Chelsea have some wonderful senior pros in there that will control the dressing room, as they have done for the last 'x' amount of years."
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