Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has urged Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to continue to back Jose Mourinho instead of looking for his replacement.
Eriksson who has previously revealed that he was the person who convinced Abramovich to buy Chelsea is convinced that Mourinho needs more time to turn things around at Stamford Bridge. The Swede appealed to the Chelsea owner for patience for the Special One.
Eriksson told the Daily Mirror:
“Jose Mourinho’s situation is a surprise, because they won with style the Premier League last season,”
“Nobody expected them to be three points from the relegation area. Football is strange, there is no logic sometimes.”
”Mourinho can turn it round — the season is long.”
“I have seen it before when successful coaches with years in football have had bad surprises.”
“The only way is to stick together. If you don’t do that then it’s finished. You are finished. The club must stick together and I say stick together for not only the players. It is the players, yes, but the staff, the club itself, the owner, must all be together.”
”When it starts to be too many discussions and too many rumours, then it is very difficult to turn it round. But if everyone sticks together you can do it, of course you can.”
“You have to have strength in yourself, you have to defend the whole club from the outsiders. If you are not, then it will be even worse. If you are not capable to do that then it will be the end.”
“Jose, with his experience, would be able to do that you would think. But he needs help from everybody.”