Chelsea give Mour­inho ‘full sup­port’

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Premier League cham­pi­ons Chelsea have given their full back­ing to un­der­fire man­ager Jose Mour­inho fol­low­ing the team’s tor­rid start to the sea­son.

Af­ter Satur­day’s sur­prise 3-1 home de­feat by Southamp­ton, the Por­tuguese said the Lon­don­ers would have to sack him be­cause he would not be quit­ting.

“The club wants to make it clear that Jose con­tin­ues to have our full sup­port,” read a brief state­ment on their of­fi­cial web­site (www.chelseafc.com) on Mon­day.

“As Jose has said him­self, re­sults have not been good enough and the team’s per­for­mances must im­prove. How­ever, we be­lieve that we have the right man­ager to turn this sea­son around and that he has the squad with which to do it.”

Chelsea have al­ready lost six games in all com­pe­ti­tions this term and have plunged to fifth from bot­tom in the league, 10 points be­hind ta­ble-top­ping Manch­ester City, af­ter eight matches.

Mour­inho, who won the Cham­pi­ons League with Porto in 2004 and In­ter Mi­lan six years later, still has the sup­port of most of the fans be­cause of his bril­liant record with the club.

In his first spell in charge the self-styled ‘Spe­cial One’ led Chelsea to suc­ces­sive league ti­tles in 2005 and 2006.

Af­ter spend­ing time at In­ter and Real Madrid, Mour­inho re­joined the Stam­ford Bridge out­fit in 2013 and won the Premier League again last sea­son.

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