Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho remains defiant about his position as coach, and The Mirror’s John Cross believes it is because there is no clear alternative.
Speaking on the Sunday Supplement on Sky Sports, Cross questioned who the club would be able to bring in currently if they chose to part company with the Portuguese tactician.
Chelsea have collected just 11 points from their first 11 games of the season, losing six of those outings which in turn has resulted in the worst start to a title defence in Premier League history.
However, Mourinho remains defiant and insists that he will continue in his position, as noted by the BBC, despite seeing his side fall to another loss on Saturday, this time against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have been in difficult situations previously, having been forced to take action and sack the likes of Felipe Scolari and Roberto Di Matteo during the middle of a campaign.
Guus Hiddink and Rafa Benitez have stepped in on an interim basis over the years before the club has appointed a long-term option, but they may well be against the same strategy this time round.
Cross suggested that both Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone would be in contention next summer, with the former seeing his contract with Bayern Munich expire at the end of current campaign.
Chelsea will undoubtedly hope that Mourinho is capable of turning their season around and secure a top-four finish in the Premier League, but if he fails then they may well consider waiting until next June before making a change.