Jose Mourinho has been offered the support of Chelsea’s board after their worst start to a top-flight season since 1978-1979. After Chelsea’s shock 3-1 defeat at the hands of Southampton on Saturday night, Chelsea lie 16th in the league with 8 points from as many games.

After that defeat, Mourinho told Sky Sports that the club would need to sack him if he was going to leave. In a short club statement, the Chelsea board stated that “the club wants to make it clear that Jose continues to have the full backing of the club’s board. We believe we have the right manager to turn the season around and  he has the squad to achieve this”.

After Saturday’s loss, Mourinho said “I want to make it clear. One, I don’t run away. Two, if the club want to sack me they have to sack me because I am not running away from my responsibilities or my team.

Meanwhile, ageing Blues Captain John Terry has shown his support for Jose Mourinho by coming out and issuing the following statement. “If anyone is going to get us out of this hole it is going to be Jose Mourinho. We have the best manager, who we remain behind, and we remain together”.

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