Tuesday 24 April 2018

Alex Ferguson: There's no point in Chelsea sacking one of the greatest managers of all-time

Alex Ferguson is in no doubt Jose Mourinho will turn things around at Chelsea sooner rather than later. Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Alex Ferguson is in no doubt Jose Mourinho will turn things around at Chelsea sooner rather than later. Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has urged Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to stand by his beleaguered manager Jose Mourinho and insisted the club would be “foolish” to sack their title-winning manager.

Ferguson and Mourinho have enjoyed a long-standing friendship, with the words of support from one of the most respected figures in the game coming at a moment when Chelsea chiefs are believed to be considering a change of manager once again.

Abramovich has so far opted to stand by Mourinho after the club’s worst start to a Premier League season, but Saturday’s home defeat against Bournemouth has piled the pressure on the Chelsea boss once again.

His future may be decided in Wednesday night’s Champions League game against Mourinho’s former club FC Porto, with a defeat likely to signal and exit from the competition and the possible departure of their title winning tactician.

Yet Ferguson has offered this stout defence of Mourinho, as offered this advice to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich spoke at the TechCrunch summit in London.

“He has sacked so many coach’s in the last few years and he has to have learned from it,” stated Ferguson.

“He has got to trust Jose to turn it around. There is no point in sacking one of the best coach’s of all time. Every country he has managed, he has won the big trophies. Sacking him would be the wrong step, it would be foolish, really.

“I think all good leaders will eventually find a solution. I think he will eventually go back to normal. It is not looking great at the moment, but I know the guy and I know the work he has done in football.

“The thinks that have been overlooked is (Thibaut) Courtois was injured in the first game of the season and that was a big loss. I think John Terry at the start of the season wasn’t having a great time and he is without doubt the leader of their team. When you lose two influential players like that, it can make a difference.

“Consistency is hard to find. Manchester City win the league and lose it the next year. Chelsea the same. It is very difficult to have a consistency for five or six years. That is what United were so good at.

“Avoiding compliancy was is important. Complacency is a disease. I was always fearful of dropping back off the scale and we had a reasonable level of consistency. Every time we lost the league at United, we won it the next year and you need character in a club to make that happen.”

Ferguson went in to admit he was concerned about the impact Jurgen Klopp has made at Liverpool, as he confirmed he was impressed by the impact the German has made at Anfield.

“I’m worried about him,” added Ferguson. “One thing United don’t want is Liverpool above us, that’s for sure.

“He is a fantastic personality. He has a great confidence about him and even when they lost their second goal against Newcastle, his big white teeth were showing. He has a wonderful personality.

“I had a text from him the other day actually. I know him quite well from the coaching courses and he will make a big difference to that club. He has the drive and the knowledge to do well. Things will look up there, I really do.”

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