In what could already be constituted as common knowledge, Goal.com have claimed Roman Abramovich has told Jose Mourinho his job at Chelsea is safe for the time being.
This is something BBC journalist David Ornstein reported two days ago but, regardless, the report from the online football website has caused a stir amongst Chelsea fans.
It claims the lack of viable replacements has bought Mourinho the chance to turn things around at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have lost seven of their opening 12 Premier League games including four of their five.
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That has left them with almost no chance of reclaiming their title and with a huge fight to finish inside the top four, thus qualifying for next season's Champions League.
The reason for their dramatic decline is not clear, but there are growing murmurs that all is not well inside the Chelsea dressing room. In fact, the very same website claimed just three days ago that a large number of players were disillusioned with life under the Special One.
But sacking Mourinho is still unpleasantly complex for the club's eccentric billionaire owner. They face a £9.5million pay-off to terminate his four-year contract as well as millions more to rid themselves of his coaching staff.
Not only that but the world's top managers are all either enjoying sabbaticals (Carlo Ancelotti) or are happy in their current jobs. Diego Simeone and Pep Guardiola may be tempted by the chance to manage in the Premier League, but they will not leave their respective positions mid-season.
It leaves Mourinho in an awkward position. It seems Abramovich would be ready to pull the trigger if it was convenient enough. Whether the team do manage to finish in the top four or win a cup competition, Mourinho could find himself out when the opportunity to replace him presents itself.
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