Jamie Carragher: Why Chelsea must stick with Jose Mourinho even if Liverpool win
Jamie Carragher believes that Chelsea would be making a mistake in sacking Jose Mourinho despite his side's struggles
Jamie Carragher has urged Chelsea to stand by Jose Mourinho despite the mounting pressure on the Portuguese coach at Stamford Bridge.
The Portuguese coach has found himself under intense scrutiny this week after Chelsea’s stuttering start to the season continued with losses to West Ham United and Stoke City.
He’s too good, there are probably only two or three managers in world football at his level
The west London side have lost half of their 16 games in all competitions this season to leave Mourinho’s men languishing in 15th place in the Premier League table and 11 points behind leaders Manchester City.
Reports in the British media this week have claimed that Mourinho could be sacked by the Blues if Chelsea lose to Liverpool in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime.
However, Liverpool legend Carragher feels that Chelsea should stick with Mourinho even if Jurgen Klopp’s men triumph on Saturday, insisting that the former Real Madrid manager’s track record speaks for itself.
Carragher said on Sky Sports: “People are talking about him getting the sack if he loses that game [against Liverpool]. I wouldn’t sack him if I was Chelsea. I think he’s a fantastic manager, his record shows that.
“But it’s not just on the pitch, it’s off the pitch. If he was to lose his job, I think it would be more for off-the-pitch incidents rather than just results. If Chelsea were fifth or sixth in the league we’d still be criticising.
“But to get rid of a manager who has just won the championship, three or four months into a new season, even though they’ve had a terrible start, I wouldn’t be looking to get rid of Jose Mourinho.
“He’s too good, there are probably only two or three managers in world football at his level, and whoever Chelsea brought in would maybe be a step below.
“I think of late they’ve actually improved. They beat Aston Villa and against West Ham there was ill-discipline but they played with 10 men for that long and just lost it at the end.
“They played well again against Stoke, should have won and lost on penalties. I think maybe they are having a bit of bad luck.”