London - Jose Mourinho's future as Chelsea manager is in
suspense over his failure to lift the team out of their alarming slump,
according to British press reports on Wednesday.
The Daily Mail said that the Chelsea board was due to meet
to discuss Mourinho's position on Wednesday, while the Daily Telegraph claimed
the club's hierarchy was drawing up a list of potential replacements.
Premier League champions last season, Chelsea are currently
just a point above the relegation zone after losing nine of their 16 matches to
date. They have, however, reached the Champions League last 16.
Reports suggest it would cost Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich
between 10 million ($15 million, 13.7 million euros) and 40 million to sack
Mourinho for a second time, having previously dismissed the Portuguese in 2007.
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Mourinho signed a new four-year contract in August. Chelsea
gave him a public vote of confidence in October, but there has been no official
communication from the club on his position since then.
Mourinho, whose side host Sunderland in the league on
Saturday, was expected to take training as usual at the club's training ground
in Cobham, 17 miles (27 kilometres) southwest of London, on Wednesday.
Several newspapers, including The Sun, reported that Chelsea's
players were angered by Mourinho's claim that they had "betrayed" his
work following Monday's 2-1 defeat at league leaders Leicester City.
But midfielder Cesc Fabregas says that it is the players'
responsibility to haul the club out of their current predicament.
"We all have to take responsibility," Fabregas
said in a Facebook interview. "If you are a big player and you are paid
like a big player, you must play like a big player and behave like a big
"We can bounce back, 100 percent. There is enough time
to achieve it, but we must start now. It is up to us."For
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