London: The future of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho remained clouded in doubt yesterday following the Premier League champions' latest setback against Liverpool.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho gestures during their EPL match against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Pic/AFP
Chelsea's 1-3 defeat on Saturday, their sixth in 11 league games, left them four points above the relegation zone and prompted more lurid newspaper headlines about the possible fate awaiting Mourinho.
'Jose on the brink'
Citing sources in Portugal, The Sunday Mirror said that Mourinho was "on the brink" and could be sacked before Wednesday's Champions League home game against Dynamo Kiev, while The Sun on Sunday claimed that he has been given two games to save his job.
The Independent on Sunday, meanwhile, reported that he will be given until the end of November to get Chelsea back on track.
Mourinho was defiant after Saturday's game at Stamford Bridge, dismissing suggestions that he had presided over his last match as manager and saying that he expected to be given more time by owner Roman Abramovich.
Chelsea gave Mourinho a public vote of confidence last month, but the team have won just one of their five matches since and saw their defence of the League Cup ended by Stoke City.
Nevertheless, Mourinho appears to retain the support of the club's supporters, who chanted his name throughout the defeat against Liverpool.
Chelsea have earned 11 points from their 11 English Premier League matches - the fewest ever by Premier League champions at this stage
Chelsea has six defeats in 11 matches in EPL, their joint worst in their six seasons under Jose Mourinho.
No of EPL home losses Chelsea had under Mourinho in their last six seasons. They have already lost three this time