Chelsea chiefs held nine-hour talks over Jose Mourinho's future last week

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If Jose Mourinho believes his Chelsea players have betrayed him, he can certainly count Roman Abramovich as one of his most loyal followers with the Russian still backing him after another disastrous defeat to Leicester City on Monday night.

The 2-1 reverse left the Blues just one point above the relegation zone and with almost no chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

Mourinho's willingness to criticise his players in the post-match press conference felt like the end game, but still, he clings to his position.


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However, Abramovich and Stamford Bridge officials are very much aware that they may need to find a new manager in the near future.

Indeed, the Daily Mail has revealed that they got together the day after Chelsea's 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth last week and discussed the Portuguese's future for nine hours.

Up for discussion

The mammoth time taken to come to a decision shows how seriously they are taking the current situation. It is believed that candidates to replace Mourinho – or lack thereof – and the £10million compensation they would have to pay him, was on top of the agenda.

Since then, Chelsea qualified for the knockout rounds of the Champions League with a 2-0 win over Porto and officials had hoped it would represent a turning point in what has been an incredibly disappointing campaign thus far.

Back into crisis

But the 2-1 defeat to the Premier League leaders threw them straight back into a full-flung crisis, complete with Diego Costa criticising his own team-mates in full view of the cameras and Mourinho sarcastically criticising Eden Hazard for walking off injured.

Despite all of this, the fans remain on Mourinho's side. The travelling supporters were still heard chanting his name at the King Power Stadium and that has gone some way to convincing the board to give him more time.

How much more time? Probably not that much. They play Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and anything but a win is likely to seal his fate.

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