Former Chelsea star Craig Burley has insisted that if his former club lose to Norwich City this weekend, it could spell the end for Jose Mourinho.
Speaking to ESPN FC, the Scot revealed his belief that with away games against Maccabi Tel Aviv and Tottenham to follow, he doubts whether club owner Roman Abramovich will resist the temptation to make a change.
The reigning Premier League champions remain in 16th place in the table after 12 games having lost seven already this season to leave them with just 11 points.
While that sees them sit just three points above the relegation zone, perhaps more importantly they are 13 points adrift of Manchester United who currently occupy the fourth and final Champions League spot.
It has been a tough campaign for Mourinho in particular, as the Portuguese tactician has had to face personal matters too including former club doctor Eva Carneiro bringing an individual legal case against him, as reported by Sky Sports.
Despite their poor run of form and the constant disciplinary issues surrounding the coach, Abramovich has kept his faith in the current set up to get them out of their mess.
However, Burley is convinced that the Russian businessman will think enough is enough if he witnesses another defeat this weekend, as Mourinho has undoubtedly been given ample time to turn things around and get Chelsea moving in the right direction.
Several of the club’s top players including Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas have failed to reach the levels of performance that they displayed last season, and that has in turn had a negative impact on the team as a whole.
While they should face part of the blame, it isn’t entirely their fault as the defending champions as a whole appear to be missing the focus and motivation to win back-to-back titles.
There is no suggestion from within the Chelsea camp that this is Mourinho’s final chance, but Burley is adamant that the writing could well be on the wall.