The Sun (Malaysia)

Blues in a fix

> Mourinho’s Chelsea future in balance and Abramovich “doesn’t know what to do” <


JOSE MOURINHO’S Chelsea future is hanging in the balance, with Roman Abramovich still anguishing over whether to sack him. The Russian tycoon is reluctant to axe the 52-year-old and appears to have decided to give him more time to turn things round at the champions.

But he is far from certain with a source close to the billionair­e saying: “Roman doesn’t know what to do.

“Jose hasn’t suddenly become a bad coach, but things can’t carry on like they are.”

Saturday’s embarrassi­ng 3-1 home defeat to Liverpool was Chelsea’s sixth league defeat of the season

But another bad result against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Wednesday or at Stoke at the weekend, could spell the end for him.

Abramovich will consider the financial implicatio­ns of sacking Mourinho, with the Portuguese coach due around £37m if his fouryear contract is paid up in full.

Mourinho summoned his misfiring players in for training on Sunday at 10.30am as he searches for a solution to Chelsea’s awful start to the season which has left them trailing leaders Manchester City by 14 points.

And midfielder John Obi Mikel insists Mourinho is the man to lead them out of their current crisis.

“You can see that we are playing for the manager,” he said. “We are right behind the manager.

“There’s no doubt about it. In training we work very hard. If anyone can turn this around, we definitely think he’s the one.

“Last year we were champions. We won two trophies. Jose knows this club more than any other manager. He’s the most successful manager in the club’s history.

“I definitely think that if anything is wrong, if anything can be fixed, he is the one. There’s no one out there that is going to come in and fix what’s going on.

“We are right behind him, our performanc­es show that.

“Jose has come out a few times and said the players are not giving 100 per cent and then you look at the next few games, the players come out and play better. He is doing everything that needs to be done.

“He knows this club in and out. He knows what’s wrong and it’s just a matter of time before results start coming.”

There was on bit of good news for Mourinho yesterday with the FA confirming star striker Diego Costa will not face a disciplina­ry probe for appearing to catch Martin Skrtel late on Saturday.

Referee Mark Clattenbur­g confirmed he saw the incident and did not think it merited a card.

– The Independen­t

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