The Chelsea board held an emergency meeting yesterday to discuss the future of struggling Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho.
Reports are saying, Mourinho has been given some time to turn around the Blue’s fortunes, starting with Saturday’s highly important clash with Sunderland in the Premier League.
According to The Sun, Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola is right now club owner Roman Abramovich’s No 1 choice to replace under fire Mourinho.
On the other hand, Manchester City, who are considering replacing Manuel Pellegrini themselves, will offer Guardiola a stunning four-year deal worth £84million to tempt him for a move to the Etihad and Abramovich wants Pep to name his price for a move to Stamford Bridge.
But some reports are saying the Spanish tactician, who was appointed by Bayern in 2013, prefers a move to City’s arch rivals Manchester United.
The former Barcelona manager has revealed he will decide his future by next week, with Bayern Munich still hoping that he will extend his stay in Germany past next summer after his contract ends.
As for the Blues, they have approached Dutchman Guus Hiddink, who was appointed at Stamford Bridge in 2009, for a managerial role on an interim basis if Mourinho is axed during the mid-season.
Whereas Guardiola, whose team will face Juventus in the last-16 clash of the Champions League, will see out the season at the Allianz Arena.
Despite ongoing reports of an emergency meeting of the Chelsea board, it is understood that Abramovich is so far trying to his board members as a gauge to determine the atmosphere at the club.
After Mourinho said he felt betrayed after seeing the performance of a number of his key players on the back of the Leicester defeat, there was concern that the always confident Jose Mourinho is now losing the dressing room.
But that suggestion didn’t stop Mourinho from reiterating those concerns on the Chelsea’s own website yesterday to reveal how the defending champions have collapsed to nine defeats in their 16 Premier League fixtures this season.
He even hit out at some of his senior players’ attitudes in an interview with the club’s in-house TV station, accusing them of lacking the passion for playing for a club like Chelsea.