Some fans will say it’s been a long time coming. Others will preach patience and say he should be given more time to turn things around. But whichever side of the fence you sit on, the fact remains that the Chelsea board are meeting today to discuss the future of Jose Mourinho as manager. And that normally means one thing – that his P45 will be in the mail over the next few days.
Chelsea fans will not be happy. They have made it very clear in public that the manager has their backing. The incessant chanting of his name at recent matches proves that he is still the choice of the majority. But at the end of the day there is only one man who matters, and that is Roman Abramovic.
Worryingly for the fans, he is not a man who is renowned for his patience with managers. In fact, it’s only because Jose is Jose that he’s lasted as long as he has. The big ego, the past successes, and the feeling that Roman regrets getting rid of him the first time, are the major factors that explain why Mourinho wasn’t sacked weeks ago.
Fans have a good deal of power when it comes to getting rid of managers, as the likes of David Moyes and Alan Pardew will testify. When it comes to keeping managers, there is less of a track record. In general, this level of under-performance would have the crowd clamouring for a change. This time, Chelsea fans clearly feel they have the best man for the job, and that he will turn things around in time. Time, however, is not something that most managers are afforded in the modern game.
If Mourinho does lose his job it will be interesting to see whether Abramovic makes his next appointment with the fans in mind. Guus Hiddink was hugely popular at the Bridge when he took temporary charge of Chelsea last time. Would his appointment be enough to placate fans who would be clearly upset at the second departure of their special one? We shall see…