Reasons to believe why Jose Mourinho is going nowhere

Andy Dillon by Andy Dillon / 04 November 2015, 12:35

Jose MourinhoThe Sun's Andy Dillon (@andydillon70) looks at the reasons behind Roman Abramovich's refusal to axe the Sack Race favourite Jose Mourinho, who is under pressure like never before in his managerial career.

IT IS EASY to think of reasons why Chelsea should sack Jose Mourinho.

But don't you think there might just be a few reasons why they haven't?

From an unprecedented statement of support from the traditionally trigger-happy owner Roman Abramovich to public backing from player after player - maybe Chelsea's moody manager is doing something right.

The team is enduring its worst start to a season results wise for 37 years. The last time it was this bad they were relegated the following May.

Modern football is more ruthless now than ever before and the life expectancy of a Premier League manager is less than that of a Tommy in the trenches of World War One.

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Yet Chelsea have bucked the trend and already gone way beyond what many experts suspected would be the limit to their patience before bumping off the boss.

And there is a growing and surprising belief that there may actually be a long term project on the go at Stamford Bridge with Mourinho at the helm.

Look at what The Special One has achieved this season aside from spectacularly bad results and some pretty bad behaviour towards referees.

Ruben Loftus Cheek is now a first team player: official.

During a turbulent start to a season even by Chelsea's dramatic standards, Mourinho has had the guts to put his young midfielder into action.

In doing so he has shown faith in a kid in the heat of battle that would make many men wilt.

Mourinho has also finally broken that hoodoo, the stick with which rival fans used to beat Chelsea; that they had not produced a home grown player since captain John Terry emerged from the youth ranks way back in 1998.

RLC looks the part already playing in a variety of positions including that of the pressured no.10 who has to make things happen.

He is also English - not only a rarity at Chelsea but in English football as a whole.

The country can look forward to a possible international player starting to spread his wings at club level with the real promise of more to come.

Right back Ola Aina is another on the runway awaiting the chance to fly.

Despite the exotic name he is a Londoner and regularly trains with the first team.

Next week is international week when Chelsea's plush Surrey training ground will be bereft of superstars and a lonely place for those left behind such as captain John Terry.

Mourinho's policy is to bring the promising kids up to train with the likes of former England captain Terry and discover what it really takes to make it to the top and to benefit from the experience of training with a real A-list player.

In the past couple of years Chelsea have also scaled down their foreign scouting network. This was a direct order from Mourinho who is intent on focusing more on British talent.

Of course it comes from the very top and a decision was made in conjunction with Abramovich to look closer to home for new talent rather than abroad every transfer window.

Get rid of Mourinho and the next bloke coming in might not be so long-termist in his approach and the Chelsea Academy will be mothballed again.

Only last May The Special One delivered the Premier League title to his club. That is partly why current results look so spectacularly bad.

Axe him now with the club in 15th place in the table and can you really think of another manager in the world who will turn this listing ship around quickly enough to win titles and trophies this season?

This season looks lost already and may only amount to damage limitation between now and next Spring.

And if the manager has widespread support in the dressing room there's little sense in changing now.

The Chelsea players have been queueing up to voice their backing for Mourinho. Rifts, rumours and stories of rucks and rows circulate at every big club in dark times and of course players often toe the party line to protect their pay packets.

But we have no choice but to take them at their word. And if one player looks a little angry and frustrated at the situation because he is not getting in the team then that can only be a good thing.

Insiders at Stamford Bridge say they would be worried were the Brazilian midfielder Oscar not fed up to the back teeth at his lack of action this season - one in which he has had a knee injury by the way.

The other overriding point about Mourinho of course is that there is nobody in the game who can fill quite as many acres of newspaper pages, internet blogs or broadcast airtime quite like him.

The Special One is bad news for referees but good news for almost everyone else - it just takes a little working out sometimes.


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