Mourinho and Chelsea’s woes continued again at the weekend when they lost 1 – 0 away to Stoke City; their 7th defeat of the season, leaving them 16th place on the log. The poor run and the players’ unhappiness with the Portuguese coach continue to push him closer to the exit door, as Roman Abramovich will most likely be left with no choice than to replace the (ex)Special One. There are talks that the 52 year-old might be replaced over the course of the international break as the damage done in the dressing room is irreparable with him in charge.
Despite the fallout with some of the players, Terry is still behind his boss, but his influence on the team has waned as he is without the other players who used to serve as a source of inspiration for the team. Didier Drogba, Petr Cech and Frank Lampard were top figures that helped hold sway over the affairs of the dressing room in the past season, but their departures have had a toll on such effects. Players like Eden Hazard, Oscar and Nemanja Matic aren’t happy that Mourinho has decided to single them out for individual criticisms in public while the likes of Ivanovic and his other “favourites” get protected.
Chelsea have eyes on replacements in Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone who are top candidates for the job when Jose is axed, but they won’t be available until they see out their contracts. Chelsea owner is said to be weighing his options as the chances of appearing in the Champions League next season has hit the rocks and contacts are being made with probable interim replacements. Having also fallen out with the officials on a number of occasions and his public outrage against the former physio, Eva Carneiro, the board believes letting him go is at hand despite offering their support prior to the last international break.