Pat Nevin: Why I’d be incredibly surprised if Chelsea sacked Jose Mourinho
Pat Nevin discusses Jose Mourinho's future at Chelsea
Pat Nevin says he would be incredibly surprised if Chelsea decided to sack Jose Mourinho this season.
The west London side are languishing in 16th place in the Premier League table and 10 points behind current leaders Manchester City, who were 6-1 winners against Newcastle United on Saturday.
If this carried on for the rest of the season and Chelsea finished in mid-table, I wouldn’t be surprised if the club stuck by him
The Blues kicked off later than the Citizens and the defending English champions suffered a resounding 3-1 defeat by Southampton at Stamford Bridge, their fourth loss of the league campaign.
But the former Chelsea winger believes the Premier League champions would be foolish to get rid of the 52-year-old after just eight games of the season.
“It is incredibly unlikely Chelsea will sack him,” Nevin told Newstalk.
“If you look at it from the club and owner’s point of view, you get rid of Jose Mourinho. What do you do?
“You get another manager in. How are you going to get a better one? That’s going to be tough.
“You’ve got to pay him four years money- that’ll hurt.
“You’ve got rid of one of the best managers in the world and it’ll probably come back and bite you with somebody else.
“This is eight games over a career of many years which has been a constant success.
“What a knee-jerk reaction.”
Nevin went on to suggest that Chelsea could stick with Mourinho even if the three-time Premier League winner fails to guide the west London side into the top four this season.
Nevin added: “If this carried on for the rest of the season and Chelsea finished in mid-table, I wouldn’t be surprised if the club stuck by him.
“They could just say rebuild it now the way you want it to. The way you weren’t able to in the summer.”
Chelsea have lost to City, Crystal Palace, Everton and Southampton this season.