Carlo Ancelotti and Guus Hiddink waiting in the wings to take Stamford Bridge hotseat
- Chelsea are reviewing Jose Mourinho’s position just three weeks after publicly backing the Portuguese
- The Blues have endured a miserable start to the season, losing five of their opening 10 Premier League fixtures
- Carlos Ancelotti is understood to be interested in a return to Stamford Bridge while Guus Hiddink could be an option
- Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola and Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone may be available in the summer
Chelsea are preparing for Jose Mourinho’s departure following Saturday’s implosion at West Ham.
Just three weeks after Roman Abramovich publicly backed the Portuguese following a poor start to the season, Mourinho’s job is back under review by the Blues board.
It is possible that Mourinho will be given this week to save his job with a Capital One Cup clash versus Stoke and the home league visit of Liverpool on the horizon but a decision could come before then.
Jose Mourinho’s job as Chelsea boss is under review just three weeks after Roman Abramovich publicly backed the Blues manager
Mourinho is under increasing pressure after poor results at home and away – the Blues lost 2-1 to West Ham at Upton Park on Saturday
Chelsea duo Diego Costa and Willian look dejected as Mourinho’s side lost their fifth Premier League game of the season before November
A defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s side on Saturday would likely spell the end of his second spell at Stamford Bridge.
Sportsmail understands the wheels have been set in motion for Mourinho’s exit after their season hit rock-bottom in the 2-1 defeat at Upton Park. Chelsea are 15th in the Premier League and have lost six matches already.
The prevalent issue of a severance package for Mourinho has already been discussed by club chiefs. Mourinho signed a new four-year deal worth £30million in August and Chelsea are obviously reluctant to pay him the full amount of his deal should they sack him.
Likewise, the matter of Mourinho’s potential successor needs to be determined.
The lack of high-quality available managers is known to be a concern for the Chelsea hierarchy.
Nevertheless, the fact the former Real Madrid manager is under huge pressure has not gone unnoticed by some of Europe’s top managers.
Mourinho was sent to the stands for confronting referee Jonathan Moss at half-time and the Chelsea boss now faces a precarious week
Mourinho spent the second half in the directors’ box and was forced to watch on as West Ham fans celebrated the win in front of him
Chelsea are understood to have been contacted by a number of intermediaries on behalf of bosses interested in replacing Mourinho.
Former manager Carlo Ancelotti, who is on sabbatical, is understood to be interested in a return to Stamford Bridge, though it remains to be seen whether Abramovich would consider the Italian.
Likewise, the appointment of ex-boss Guus Hiddink – who is also out of work – could also be a short-term option.
Appointing a boss until the end of the season would allow the club to reassess the managerial landscape in the summer when Pep Guardiola or Diego Simeone may be available.
Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, who won the title with the Blues in 2010, is understood to be interested in a return to west London
Guus Hiddink, who won the FA Cup with Chelsea in 2009 during a three month spell at Stamford Bridge, could be a short-term option
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola and Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone could also be available in the summer
Following the defeat by Southampton on October 3, the Chelsea board decided to review the situation after a further three games.
The sequence has seen Chelsea beat Aston Villa, draw at Dynamo Kiev and lose at West Ham. And there is anger behind the scenes at the indiscipline shown by Mourinho and his players on Saturday. Abramovich dislikes anything that damages the club’s image.
Mourinho has already caused controversy by axing club doctor Eva Carneiro and regularly ranting at referees, with the latest tirade causing him to be sent to the stands on Saturday.
Source: Daily Mail