Jose Mourinho is still fighting for his future at Chelsea, but even a win in their next game may not be enough to save him from the axe, according to the Mirror.
The Blues fell to a new low on Saturday evening, losing at home to Premier League newcomers Bournemouth on their home turf. It was their eighth defeat in 15 games and it leaves them with next to no chance of finishing in the top four.
Indeed, Chelsea must average over 2.3 points a game from now to the end of the season to reach 70 points, deemed the minimum requirement to be within a chance of snatching the final Champions League qualifying place.
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And the latest defeat has left Stamford Bridge officials with plenty to think about. They know sacking Mourinho is a huge decision because it would mean going back on their plans for an era of stability under the Portuguese's stewardship.
But there is a growing feeling in the boardroom that Mourinho is losing support from both the players and the fans. Their concerns lie in the fact that this is essentially the same team that cantered to the title just seven months ago.
Win or lose
Chelsea face Porto on Wednesday with a defeat likely to see them knocked out of the competition. A win, conversely, would see them top the group, but regardless of the result, Mourinho could still face the sack.
Unless Chelsea really turn on the style against Mourinho's former club, Roman Abramovich's feelings towards Mourinho is unlikely to change either way. A win, however, will do his chances of staying now harm.
That is slightly different from what The Sun are saying. They claim that Mourinho will have to beat both Porto and Leicester City next Monday to earn a stay of execution. Having lost to Porto in the reverse fixture and with the Foxes only losing once all season, that is a tougher prospect than it sounds.
An insider told that report: “It was a very, very flat atmosphere at the training ground.”