Monday 26 June 2017

"No way will I resign, no way" - Mourinho adamant despite hovering just above relegation zone

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Dion Fanning

Jose Mourinho insisted last night that he would not quit Chelsea after the champions lost for the fourth time in the Premier League this season when Southampton beat them 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.

"No way I resign, No way," Mourinho said. "Why? Because Chelsea cannot have a better manager than me. There are many managers in the world who belong to my level but none better so there is no chance I run away."

After delivering a seven-minute monologue on Sky, Mourinho was equally verbose in his post-match press conference, acknowledging that others have the final say but his professional pride and his love of Chelsea will prevent him from walking away, he said..

"For me everything is clear. I'm in football for a long time, the power is always with the owner and the boards. I cannot say much more."

Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard (R) vies with Southampton's Northern Irish midfielder Steven Davis (2nd R)
Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard (R) vies with Southampton's Northern Irish midfielder Steven Davis (2nd R)

For Chelsea to be in this position eight games into the season is one of the most phenomenal collapses in recent football history. They are already ten points behind Manchester City and only four points outside the relegation zone.

Mourinho's position will be under threat as Chelsea are clearly a club that has fractured in several ways. The manager says he had canvassed the players last week and that they back him but it was hard to detect any great effort as Southampton won comfortably.

"Do the players trust me and do they feel I am the man for the job? This week we spoke about it and the answer was undoubtedly."

Mourinho would not talk about any plans he might have to discuss the situation with Roman Abramovich but he called on the Chelsea board to encourage the stability which he spoke about as if it had been the great vocation of his life.

"You know the history of this club and you know that every time the results are not good there was a change of manager. When I was contacted to come back, I was told, 'We have so many managers, we know you are the best'. I think it's time for the club to act in a different way, to mark a position of stability and trust. Three months ago we were all together in the buzz with the cups. It's time for us to be all together at the bottom of the league.

He added: "If the club sack me, they sack the best manager this club had."

Mourinho predicted that Chelsea would return to the top four by the new year but there is no indication that things are going to get better.

Could things be worse, Mourinho was asked?

Graziano Pelle of Southampton celebrates scoring his team's third goal
Graziano Pelle of Southampton celebrates scoring his team's third goal

"If we lose our next match, it's worse." As that is against Aston Villa, victory shouldn't be beyond Chelsea.

Mourinho says he will still be in the job. "I said I was going to stay until the owner and the board want me to leave. I am going to stay until the owner or the board tell me, 'Jose, it's enough.' I said that when I was champion, I say that now when I am 16th in the table."

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