Sir Alex Ferguson has suggested Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, it would be foolish and bad management if Jose Mourinho is axed.
Mourinho is currently under fire following Chelsea’s eighth league defeat of this season which left the defending champions just two points above the relegation zone. The club’s hierarchy are well aware that Special One has failed to halt Chelsea’s domestic slide and even winning Wednesday’s Champions League match against Porto might not save Mourinho.
However, former Manchester United manager Ferguson urged Abramovich to continue to hold his nerve despite current crisis and support Mourinho till he turns things around.
He told: “He (Abramovich) has sacked so many coaches in the last 10 years that I am sure he has learned by it. He has to trust and have confidence Jose can turn around. There is no point in sacking one of the best coaches of all time, he’s won the European Cup twice, he’s won the league in each country he’s managed in, and he’s won the big trophies.
“It would be foolish to take that step to sack him. That would be bad management. It’s not leadership, that.”
When Speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt conference in London, Fergie further said: “I’ve been watching Jose and I’ve spoken to him a couple of times. It’s the first time he’s been confronted with non-success.
“If you look at his whole career it’s been nothing but a rise all the time, so for the first time in his life he’s had to deal with bad publicity, adversity, and that’s a challenge but there are signs he is getting back to a balanced level even though they lost on Saturday.” That shows Mourinho has full support of the legendary manager.
“For Jose, all good leaders will eventually find a solution. He will find a solution and I think he will get back to normal. It’s not looking great at the moment, but I know the guy and work he has done in football and I can’t see it lasting long.”
Fergie also pointed out the reasons behind the current scenario as the unexpected loss of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to injury this term and skipper John Terry’s loss of form has become vital factors in Mourinho’s nightmare season till now. He also said that complacency after winning last year’s league title may also have played a small part.
He went on saying: “Things that have been overlooked was Courtois being injured, that was a big loss. John Terry at the beginning of the season was not having a great time and that is a loss because he is a leader in the team. When you lose two really influential players like, that can make a difference.
“What United were best at was having the consistency. Winning the League didn’t matter; it was the next year that mattered.
“There are not many teams who can continue that, for instance City won the League and then lost it the next year, Chelsea won the league and are now having a bad spell. It is very difficult to maintain and continue success for five, six, seven years, very, very difficult.” Former United boss likely stressed on consistency.
“The key is to avid complacency. If we won the League, my first step next season was to remind them about many things, about expectation and responsibility, that complacency is a disease.
“All these things mattered to me because I was always fearful of dropping back off the scale. Fortunately we had a reasonable consistency, but the most important thing about United for me was every time we lost the League, we won it the next year.
“So there was a response the character in the team that was really important.
“Developing character in a football team is just as important as developing the ability of the team and the character in that football team was very, very strong. Very strong characters and that was really important.”
Mourinho, who signed a four-year contract until June 2019 four months ago, eventually received a vote of confidence from Russian owner Roman Abramovich on October 5, but since then the Blues has so far failed to deliver despite a couple of promising performances with four wins and five losses in 11 matches.