Jamie Carragher believes Chelsea must take a leaf out of Manchester United’s book when it comes to dealing with Jose Mourinho and ending their terrible start to the season.
Mourinho and the English champions go into tomorrow’s early afternoon clash with Liverpool under mounting pressure.
They’re without a win in three games, picking up just four victories from 16 matches, out of the Capital One Cup, third in their Champions League group and 15th in the league table.
Added to that, there is continued talk that the Portuguese boss is finding it difficult to control his changing room and he’s doing himself no favours with public criticisms of his players, the FA and referees.
But one man who doesn’t subscribe to the thinking that Mourinho could go if Chelsea lose to Liverpool tomorrow is Anfield legend Carragher.
According to the Sky Sports pundit, the Stamford Bridge club should follow in the footsteps of Manchester United and stick by Mourinho in the same way they stuck by Sir Alex Ferguson.
Writing in his Daily Mail column about the lack of options Chelsea have if they were to sack Mourinho, Carragher said:
It also shows that there really aren’t many, if any, out there who are better than Mourinho. I said in August that he would be wise to take a leaf out of Sir Alex Ferguson’s book to cope with his mounting issues and not panic. but now it is time for Chelsea to follow Manchester United’s lead.
Ferguson had issues during his reign. He had wars with the FA, berated match officials and had a row with the club’s Irish owners; they were knocked out of the Champions League group stages and went three years without the title but there was never at any moment during those storms the feeling that he would go. He always came through in the end.
Now the spotlight is on Chelsea. What do they do?
Mourinho is the only manager who can compare to Ferguson in terms of ability and achievement. He deserves to stay until the end of the season.
Only Abramovich knows if he will stick or twist.
Chelsea welcome Liverpool to Stamford Bridge tomorrow with plenty at stake for both sides given the problems Mourinho has and it being Jurgen Klopp’s first big game as Kop boss.