London - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho continues to enjoy
the club's "full support" despite a disappointing start to the
season, the Premier League champions declared on Monday.
"The club wants to make it clear that Jose continues to
have our full support," Chelsea said in a brief statement published on
"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 are currently two places above the Premier League
relegation zone after losing four and winning only two of their first eight
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Speaking after Saturday's 3-1 defeat at home to Southampton,
Mourinho openly discussed the risk of dismissal, but said that he had no
intention of walking away from the club.
"If the club wants to sack me, they have to sack me,
because I am not running away," he told Sky Sports in a candid post-match
"It is a crucial moment in the history of this club
because if the club sacks me, they sack the best manager this club has had and
the message is bad results and the manager is guilty.
"This is a moment for people to assume their
responsibilities. I assume my responsibility and the players should assume
"There are other people at the club who should assume their
responsibilities and stick together."
Mourinho, 52, returned to Chelsea for a second spell in
2013, having previously led the west London club to two Premier League titles,
two League Cups and one FA Cup between 2004 and 2007.
He masterminded a Premier League and League Cup double last
season, but Chelsea have made a curiously flat start to the current campaign
despite their title-winning squad remaining largely intact.
Chelsea's statement came a day after Brendan Rodgers became
the first managerial sacking of the season at Liverpool and Dick Advocaat
stepped down from his role at Sunderland.
Chelsea captain John Terry had already given Mourinho his
backing, telling the club website: "We have a big group of players and we
have the best manager who we remain behind and we remain together."
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