Chelsea’s loss to Stoke city on Saturday could likely be Mourinho’s last game in charge as coach in his second stint with the Stamford Bridge outfit. Reports say the team might resume from the international break with a new handler as the board is ready to bring in a new coach after Mourinho has failed to change the poor run of results. Weekend’s loss saw Chelsea record 3 consecutive League defeats since 1999, while the run of 7 total losses in a season are Mourinho’s first as a coach, with only 12 games played.
French football journalist and analyst, Matt Spiro confirmed Mourinho’s chances of getting the boots via a tweet some hours after the match,
“Mourinho to be sacked in international break, claim #Telefoot (TF1). ‘If leaders have let him go, the battle’s already lost,’ says Leboeuf.”
Despite being the better side in the game, breaking down the resilient Stoke defence was impossible for Chelsea as the Blues attackers best effort was hitting the woodwork and the side of the net. With just 2 places above the relegation positions, the Blues’ chances of qualifying for the Champions League are almost nonexistent, and the owner is making up his mind as per hiring a new (interim) coach before the League resumes in 2 weeks time. Former Chelsea defender, Frank Leboeuf is however one of the few behind retaining the coach, speculating that letting him go means all is lost already.
Chelsea have conceded 23 goals thus far this season, a direct opposite of the defensive strength they once boasted last term, and after the club had publicly expressed their support for the coach during the last international break, there must have been a change of mind within the board and changing the coach looks like the way to go at the moment.