14/12/2015 – Leicester 2-1 Chelsea
Leicester condemned Chelsea to their ninth defeat in sixteen Premier League matches live on Sky Sports tonight, and seemingly heaped a whole lot more pressure on Jose Mourinho.
Every time it looks like Chelsea have turned the corner, another defeat seems to come along and send them back to Square 1. Last week the Blues bounced back with a decent performance when beating Porto in the Champions league.
Then tonight they turn in another sloppy display, leading to Mourinho claiming that he felt “betrayed” by some of his players. Pretty strong stuff, and I’m not sure what it will do for the dressing room harmony.
Anyway, Mourinho is back into odds on favourite to be next manager out, where he is currently a best price of 10/11 with BetVictor (new customers can claim a £25.00 Free Bet here.
07/11/15 – Stoke 1-0 Chelsea
Yet another defeat for Chelsea and Jose Mourinho, and this has seen Betfair launch one of their new sign up offers on Jose Mourinho to get the sack.
There is now a break for international fixtures, meaning Chelsea don’t have a match for two weeks. You would have to imagine if Abramovich is going to pull the trigger, now might be the ideal time.
01/11/15 – Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool
The defending Champions sixth defeat in eleven Premier League matches has seen Jose Mourinho now go odds on in the sack race, the Chelsea manager is now a best price of 4/11 with Paddy Power (£30.00 in free bets here).
Of Mourinho’s rivals in the sack race, last weekend’s favourite, Steve McClaren seen his odds lengthen to 4/1 on the back of Newcastle’s improved display in their 0-0 draw at home to Stoke. It’s widely accepted that only a decent performance from Stoke stopper, Jack Butland, prevented Newcastle recording their second win of the season.
All of this, along with more bad headlines (during last week) regarding the Doctor Eva Canario affair, have conspired to see Mourinho go heavy odds on favourite.
Mourinho claims to not fear for his job, and he has had a vote of confidence, of sorts. Can he survive to the International Break in a couple of weeks? Or might Chelsea be eyeing that up as the ideal time to get rid of him?
In Next Chelsea Manager Betting markets, Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti lead the betting, both at 4/1. Third on the list, and possibly a more viable candidate if Chelsea act soon, is Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simone at 8/1.
27/10/15 – Stoke 1-1 Chelsea (Stoke win 5-4 on pens)
Although not strictly speaking a defeat for Chelsea, they still – as holders – crashed out of the Capital One Cup at the hands of Stoke via a penalty shoot-out, and now Jose Mourinho has overtaken Newcastle’s Steve McClaren in the sack race.
Mourinho now finds himself as the outright favourite to be the next manager to leave his post, he is currently a best price of 5/4 with Coral (£20.00 in free bets here).
If there’s any light at the end of the tunnel for Chelsea and Mourinho, it’s that this weekend’s opponents Liverpool, aren’t exactly flying at the moment – although the same could have been said about Stoke as well.
26/10/15 – Following on from Tim Sherwood’s sacking by Aston Villa yesterday, Newcastle then got beat 3-0 by Sunderland, and this seen Steve McClaren catapulted in above Jose Mourinho as the new favourite in the sack race.
McClaren is now the 5/4 favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post, with Jose Mourinho the second favourite at a best price of 9/4 with Betvictor (£25.00 Free Bet) and Coral.
24/10/15 – West Ham 2-1 Chelsea
Today’s 2-1 reversal at the hands of West Ham was Chelsea’s (the defending champions) fifth defeat in their opening ten Premier league matches. This defeat leaves the Blues in 15th place in the table, and already 11 points behind leaders Arsenal (both having played 10 matches).
This seems to have led to another rush of bets on Mourinho to be the next manager to leave his job and he is now a best price of 9/2 with Coral (£20.00 In Free Bets Here) to be next manager to be booted out the door. The Chelsea manager is now the second favourite behind Tim Sherwood, the current sack race favourite, with other bookies having Mourinho as short as 3/1 or 4/1.
It is now getting to the stage where you do wonder if the Chelsea hierarchy will act? Mourinho was sent to the stands today, he already has a suspended stadium ban (likely to be implemented now) around his neck, and almost every time he opens his mouth, he courts controversy.
The club must be getting sick of all of the negative headlines. First it was the issue with the club doctors, now it seems to be referees and/or Arsene Wenger on a weekly basis. They may tolerate these adverse stories if the team are being successful on the pitch, but at the moment they don’t even look like winning.
Mourinho may have a point with some of the things he says about Arsene Wenger, but he gives off the aura of a man who is more preoccupied in scoring points off the Frenchman, instead of focusing on what is happening with his own team.
There are reports that the dressing room isn’t behind the manager, all of which is denied by Mourinho. In his previous stint as Chelsea boss, he had players like Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba who sung his praises and gave the impression they would run through brick walls for him, so all this flies in the face of the argument that Mourinho has lost the dressing room.
That said, there must be players in the dressing room who are more than just unhappy with the way Mourinho treated the two doctor’s (Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn) during and after the Swansea match. And with the way the players are performing, anybody could be forgiven for thinking that Mourinho has lost the dressing room.