After another defeat on Monday night, Chelsea's board and owner Roman Abramovich are discussing Jose Mourinho's future at the Blues. One report from the Times has suggested Juande Ramos, former Tottenham Hotspur manager, is being lined up as an interim between now and the end of the season.
Regardless of your opinion of Mourinho, this is an opportunity for Chelsea to put to bed the recent reputation of the terrible treatment they have given to managers over recent years. Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Di Matteo have been among those particularly unfortunate to lose their jobs during the Abramovich era.
This season, the talk has been of Chelsea's desire to give the club stability and create a dynasty in the way of Mourinho. Given last year's success, this term can only be described as a disaster that many fans have enjoyed, given Mourinho's unpopularity.
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But just like Manchester United are unpopular due to their huge success under Sir Alex Ferguson, Mourinho is, in part, disliked for similar reasons. Not ignoring the other baggage that surrounds the controversial 'Special One'.
Juande Ramos finished a disastrous spell at Tottenham by leading them to the relegation zone prior to Harry Redknapp's arrival in 2009. This is about as far away from the answer to Chelsea's problems as it is possible to get and reminiscent of Andre Villas-Boas' interim appointment.
Not only was he hugely unpopular with the fans but he was completely out of his depth. Ramos does has gathered more experience since but lacks the credibility and his record in English football make it pretty obvious it would not end well.
It is unsurprising that Chelsea are reluctant to sack Mourinho if Ramos is the best replacement they can find at the moment. They are better off sticking with the Portuguese rather than taking such a gamble.
Carlo Ancelotti's availability puts pressure on all managers at top clubs but would he go back to Chelsea given the possible openings at Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Manchester United this summer?
It seems unlikely after the manner of his departure from Stamford Bridge.
For the sake of English football, Chelsea need to stay in the Premier League given the support they have around the world and while relegation is unlikely, the board, alongside Abramovich must make the right decision now to steady the ship.
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