Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has left the door open to a return to the club but has conceded that he doesn’t believe Jose Mourinho will be sacked.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp recently questioned why the Blues hadn’t made a change already, as seen above, and he believed that it was down to the fact that there were no available replacements.
The club have a history of making changes mid-season by bringing in a manager on an interim basis, but the former Liverpool midfielder didn’t see any viable options on the market.
However, in an interview with the Daily Mail, Ancelotti has revealed that he would have “no problem” with a second spell in west London, although he remains convinced that Mourinho will be given time and the opportunity to turn things around.
The reigning Premier League champions remain in 16th place in the table after 12 games, and have already fallen to seven defeats so far this season.
Coupled with the off-the-pitch issues involving Mourinho, which include his stadium ban for Saturday’s loss to Stoke City as well as an individual legal case from former club doctor Eva Carneiro, as reported by Sky Sports, it has been a torrid time for Chelsea and their Portuguese manager.
As a result, the tension and speculation continues to increase at Stamford Bridge, and it remains to be seen how long he is given to inspire his side to secure improved results.
Ancelotti told the Daily Mail that he believes that their poor start has been down to a lack of motivation rather than poor management from Mourinho, and although it is easy to blame the coach for that, if a player isn’t self-motivated then it is difficult to improve the situation.
Chelsea have fallen 15 points adrift of joint league leaders Manchester City and Arsenal, while they are 13 points behind Manchester United who currently occupy the fourth and final Champions League qualification spot.
Mourinho will be back on the sidelines after the international break when his side face Norwich City on November 21, and he will be hoping to secure a morale-boosting win.