Chelsea balls: Liverpool pray Klopp gets Mourinho sacked
The papers are lining up to bury Jose Mourinho.
The Times says “José Mourinho could be dismissed if his Chelsea side suffer another acrimonious defeat when they host Liverpool on Saturday.”
What sweet joy for Liverpool fans that would be to see newboy Jurgen Klopp send the Chelsea irritant packing.
Gary Jacob writes:
The Portuguese was given a stay of execution at the start of the month but there is increasing concern among the club’s board at further ill discipline during the 2-1 defeat away to West Ham United on Saturday… Roman Abramovich, who values strong discipline, is believed to have watched the game from Turkey, where the Chelsea owner was celebrating his 49th birthday on Saturday, and there are no plans for him to speak to Mourinho this week. C
Mourinho responded with the anticipated derision when he was asked in a press conference last month about the theory that he suffers from a “third-season syndrome”. He characterised his third season at Chelsea (first time round, in 2006-07) as one in which they won the FA Cup and League Cup, rather than one in which they suffered an eight-point drop in Premier League performance, he clashed repeatedly with the club’s hierarchy and saw his bond with his players become strained. He characterised his third season at Real Madrid (2012-13) as one in which they won the Spanish Super Cup (a two-legged match in August) and reached the Champions League semi-final rather than one in which they won 15 fewer points in La Liga than the previous term and in which relations with players and officials at the club (and the media and the Spanish football authorities) bordered on toxic.
As for how the third season of Mourinho’s second spell at Chelsea will be remembered, it is in grave danger of being a case of history repeating — but worse.
The Mail says Mourinho should stay. He’s a “Fan favourite”:
The supporters have not turned on their manager and nor are they likely to. No boss in the Premier League has more goodwill on the terraces than Mourinho and getting rid risks upsetting the club’s following. Fans are the first to voice their displeasure with a manager and, while he retains their backing, it would perhaps be foolish to make a change.
Alan Shearer gets into full hype and utter balls mode in the Sun:
I WOULD love to know what went on at Chelsea in the summer — because something drastic must have happened. When you watch them now and think about how good they were last season, it’s hard to believe it’s the same team, under the same manager.
But what is happening at the moment is crisis after crisis — and Jose Mourinho has not helped the situation at all. You watch Chelsea now and there are no real signs whatsoever of it getting any better. Everything that can go wrong is going wrong for them.
Really? They beat Arsenal, albeit thanks to dire refereeing in their favour.
The Guardian looks at Chelsea:
…the old togetherness is only visible in short bursts these days and the second Mourinho era is in danger of ending in bitter acrimony after Chelsea lurched deeper into crisis with a performance that reeked of indiscipline on and off the pitch at Upton Park.
The Indy wonders who follows Jose?
Jose Mourinho: Who could replace Mourinho and become the next Chelsea manager?
Chelsea fans prepare to look away. Liverpool get ready to laugh:
Better the devil you know. At least Jose’s a winner.