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I don't fear being sacked, says Chelsea boss Mourinho

Jose's future as Blues boss hangs by thread but he's still hungry for fight

By Matt McGeehan

Published 31/10/2015

Heat is on: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho faces the media yesterday ahead of the crunch clash with Liverpool
Heat is on: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho faces the media yesterday ahead of the crunch clash with Liverpool

Jose Mourinho is unconcerned over suggestions his time as Chelsea manager could soon end if results do not improve.

The 52-year-old Portuguese is in his second spell as Blues boss and was subject to the first managerial vote of confidence of Roman Abramovich's 12-year ownership on October 5.

That came less than two months after Mourinho had signed a contract extension as manager until June 2019, with the caveat results had to improve.

The reigning Barclays Premier League champions have won one game since - against free-falling Aston Villa - and sit 15th in the table with five defeats in 10 games ahead of today's lunchtime kick-off match with Liverpool, prompting suggestions he could be axed.

"I am not worried about my job. I am not worried about my future," Mourinho said.

"I don't spend one second of my day thinking about it.

"It looks like you (the media) want to put a lot of pressure on me in relation to that, where you can't do it. You can't do it."

Mourinho says his concern is reviving Chelsea, who saw their Capital One Cup defence end in a penalty shootout defeat at Stoke on Tuesday night.

The three matches before November's international break could be key, though, with Liverpool's visit to Stamford Bridge followed by a Champions League clash with Dynamo Kiev - one of two sides ahead of Chelsea at the halfway point of Group G - and a Premier League trip to Stoke.

Mourinho added: "I am worried about the results. I am worried about winning (on Saturday). I am worried about qualifying for the next round of the Champions League.

"I am worried about recovering positions in the table and to go back to where Chelsea normally has to be."

It was put to Mourinho that bookmakers are already providing odds on his successor.

"Don't speak with me about bets and odds," he said. "It's something that belongs to your culture, not to mine.

"I don't understand very well when you say 24 to two and 25 to six. Sometimes I think it's cricket. In the end, it's odds."

Mourinho fails to understand the clamour for a manager to be removed from his position, using the example of Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool. The Northern Irishman was earlier this month replaced by Jurgen Klopp as boss, despite almost guiding Liverpool to a first championship in 24 years in May 2014.

"What I would like to understand is why some people can be so excited and happy with the perspective of somebody losing his job," Mourinho added.

"It's sad. The Brendan situation - he was almost winning the Premier League. He was the manager of the season. He won the award from Barclays, the managers' association and everything.

"And suddenly, you (the media) were really happy and working hard until he was sacked. It's strange.

"I don't belong to this world. I'm too much emotional. I hate people losing jobs. Not (just) in football, in everything."

Mourinho has had private matters to deal with this year, too, with his father falling ill in April, requiring brain surgery.

Jose Mourinho Snr is recovering well in his native Portugal, though. The Chelsea boss said: "After a very difficult period, the recovery in the last two months is good news.

"My father is winning his fight. He's almost ready to play."

Diego Costa and Pedro will undergo late fitness tests today.

Costa damaged ribs in Tuesday's Capital One Cup penalty shoot-out defeat at Stoke, while Pedro has been absent in recent games with an undisclosed knock. Midfielder Nemanja Matic is available after serving a one-match suspension for his dismissal at West Ham last Saturday, but goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (knee) and defender Branislav Ivanovic (hamstring) remain out.

Striker Christian Benteke returns to Liverpool's squad. He was rested for the Capital One Cup victory over Bournemouth because of a knee niggle. Defender Kolo Toure is out with a hamstring injury sustained in midweek buty midfielder James Milner returns from suspension while forward Roberto Firmino is pushing for a starting spot.

Premier League fixtures: Today (3pm unless stated): Chelsea v Liverpool (12.45pm), Crystal Palace v Man Utd, Man City v Norwich, Newcastle v Stoke, Swansea v Arsenal, Watford v West Ham, West Brom v Leicester. Tomorrow: Everton v Sunderland (1.30pm), Southampton v Bournemouth (4pm). Monday: Tottenham v Aston Villa (8pm).

Belfast Telegraph

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