Chelsea have backed manager Jose Mourinho despite pressure building on the Portuguese tactician to turn their season around.
“The club wants to make it clear that Jose continues to have our full support,” the club noted in a statement, as reported by Sky Sports.
“As Jose has said himself, results have not been good enough and the team’s performances must improve. However, we believe that we have the right manager to turn this season around and that he has the squad with which to do it.”
The Premier League champions have lost four of their first eight games of the season, and have won one and lost one in the Champions League so far.
That inconsistency has inevitably led to questions about Mourinho’s future, but the 52-year-old was defiant in his post-game interview after the loss to Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.
Mourinho was adamant that the club would be sacking the ‘best manager that they’ve ever had’ if they chose to replace him, and it appears as though they took heed of his warning and have ultimately decided to keep their faith in his ability to rescue their season.