Wednesday 21 August 2019

'He's lashing out at everyone around him' - Eamon Dunphy believes Jose Mourinho is doomed

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reacts during the defeat to Liverpool
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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reacts during the defeat to Liverpool Reuters / Philip Brown Newsdesk Newsdesk

Former Republic of Ireland international and outspoken pundit Eamon Dunphy believes Jose Mourinho's axing as Chelsea boss is imminent.

Dunphy is sure that Mourinho, who was slapped with a one-game stadium ban and £40,000 fine for his rant at West Ham and will face legal action from former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro, foresaw the difficulties he is having this season and is in conflict with owner Roman Abramovich.

The Blues are 15th in the Barclay's Premier League table after recording just three wins in 11 games.

Speaking on Game On on 2FM, Dunphy said: "I think Mourinho saw this coming, in the latter half of last season they struggled. They won the championship but it was very unconvincing he used only about 14 or 15 players in the whole season ... Matic, Hazard, Fabregas played every game. They were tired.

"He realised that Costa was a nuissance. They had a game against PSG in the knockout stage of the Champions League. They drew in Paris and came back to the Bridge and blew it, couldn't beat PSG who were down to 10 men for over an hour.

"That night, Costa was a disgrace and what that showed was not a top team.

"I think he knew, he talked about this in the summer and he didn't get anyone.

"I think this comes from when he came back to Chelsea, I think he and Abramovich did and deal and he said publicly I'm going to build this club and I think Abramovich has wanted to stop signing big cheques and create a club where players were coming through the youth system and academy into the first team.

"I think Mourinho said 'yeah'. I think they have about 30 young players out on loan. I think Abramovich has said 'you told me you were going to come back and give me a stream of young players like Barcelona have and we'd build a club... now you want the cheque book and you're not getting it'.

"That's the big story behind all the tantrums.

"Nothing excuses his treatment of Dr Carneiro, nothing excuses his treatment of players and referees. The histrionics are unforgivable but there is a back story.

"I think he's out, he's been out for some time and now he's lashing out at everyone around him.

"It's over for him and it's over for Chelsea. It's over for John Terry... he's not the player he was 12 months ago. Costa is a total and utter waste of space... a nuissance. Ivanovic has appeared to have lost the plot, he's not even in the team. So where do they go? Nowhere."

Mourinho is next due to face the media on Tuesday lunchtime ahead of his side's Champions League tie against Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

The Portuguese will be able to stay pitch-side for the group game against the Ukrainians, but must miss his side's Premier League trip to Stoke at the weekend.

The ban comes amid mounting speculation around Mourinho's future, with some reports suggesting his fate is already sealed irrespective of Chelsea's result in the Potteries.

The odds on Mourinho being the next top-flight manager to leave his job have shortened since the defeat to Liverpool, with some bookmakers making him as short as 1-3 to go.

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