Sir Alex Ferguson runs rule over Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea rant
Sir Alex Ferguson says Jose Mourinho does have the support of the Chelsea hierarchy
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Jose Mourinho does have the support of the Chelsea hierarchy.
The defending Premier League champions have endured a dreadful start to the season after a return of eight points from a possible 24 after having played eight top-flight games.
It’s not always correct, and I don’t think it’s correct what Jose’s thinking at the moment – I think he’s got the support
Sir Alex Ferguson
Mourinho embarked on a seven-minute rant following a surprise 3-1 defeat by Southampton at Stamford Bridge in their last Premier League outing last weekend.
Ferguson interpreted Mourinho’s lengthy speech as a call for support from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, although the former Manchester United manager believes the Portuguese coach shouldn’t be concerned.
“I think that Jose’s press conference the other day was challenging the owner to support him in a bad time,” Ferguson told USA show, Morning Joe.
“At times you maybe don’t think you’re getting complete support from everyone, but it happens. It’s not always correct, and I don’t think it’s correct what Jose’s thinking at the moment – I think he’s got the support.
“He will find a solution. It may take a few weeks, but you’ve got to remember, he’s lost his goalkeeper [Thibaut] Courtois, who’s a fantastic goalkeeper.
“John Terry is in a little difficulty adjusting to his last season maybe, who knows – he played every game last season, the best central defender they’ve ever had — and he’s in a difficult time.
“So if the span of your team is not what it normally is, do you expect to get consistent results? I don’t think so.”
Chelsea won their third Premier League title under Mourinho last season after leading for most of the 2014-15 season.
The west London side have already lost to Manchester City, Crystal Palace, Everton and Southampton this season.
Chelsea face Tim Sherwood’s struggling Aston Villa side in their next Premier League game at Stamford Bridge on 17 October.