Author: Tony MacDonald
Published: 16:17 28/10/2015
Online bookmakers are now quoting even money on Jose Mourinho in Premier League Next Manager To Leave Post betting following Chelsea's Capital One Cup exit to Stoke on penalties.
The League Cup was one of two trophies that the Blues lifted last season, but it's their failing defence of the Premier League title that has put the Portuguese tactician under immense pressure. Chelsea have already lost more games than they did in the whole of the 2014/15 season and are 11 points behind leaders Manchester City after 10 games played.
Troubling Times For Mourinho
The season got underway with a draw at home to Swansea when Mourinho criticised team doctor Eva Carneiro for attending to Eden Hazard when he felt the injury was not of a serious nature and alarm bells were ringing when Chelsea lost 3-0 the following week to title rivals Man City. Defeats to Crystal Palace and Everton followed as the Carneiro story rumbled on in the background until she left the club in September and then striker Diego Costa was hit with a retrospective suspension for clashing with Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny.
Video footage of Mourinho allegedly pushing a teenage boy was then leaked on the internet as results in the Champions League and Premier League continued to suffer and constant media probing lead to the under-fire boss refusing to speak to the press following Chelsea's 2-1 defeat at West Ham. Mourinho was sent to the stands after going to speak to referee Jon Moss in his room at half-time in that match and subsequently charged with misconduct by the FA, having alrady been given a suspended stadium ban this month, imposed for claiming officials were "afraid" to award his team penalties in the aftermath of the 3-1 home defeat by Southampton.
Chelsea looked more convincing in Tuesday's League Cup tie away to Stoke, but after dominating the first half, Stoke led when Jon Walters fired the hosts ahead. Loic Remy fired in an injury-time equaliser and after a goalless extra-time the match went to penalties where Stoke didn't miss and Eden Hazard put the final spot-kick wide.
The Blues boss is rumoured to be one more defeat away from losing his job and if you believe that to be true, then Betvictor's even money could be worth taking now ahead of Liverpool's visit to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.