Jose Mourinho says he will not walk out of Chelsea despite his champions suffering their fourth defeat in eight Premier League matches
LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (OCTOBER 3, 2015) (HAYTERS) – With as much bravado as he could muster, a grim-faced Jose Mourinho said on Saturday (October 3) he would not walk out of Chelsea despite his champions suffering their fourth defeat in eight Premier League matches and languishing 16th in the table.
After losing 3-1 to Southampton at Stamford Bridge, he declared he was still the best man for the job echoing the “Special One” arrogance with which he arrived at Chelsea for his first spell as manager 11 years ago.
But the confidence sounded hollow as he described how many of his expensively assembled multi-national team were simply playing badly and he would have to turn to youngsters in the hope of saving the season.
“No way I resign, no way. Why? Because Chelsea cannot have a better manager than me,” he told reporters after the defeat.
“There are many managers in the world that belong to my level, but not better, so no chance I run away.
“I have my professional pride and I know I am very good at my job.
“Secondly because I like this club very much and if that’s not the case it could be different. In the accumulation of both situations I want the best for my club and the best for my club is for me to stay.”
It was Mourinho’s heaviest home defeat in the Premier League — and only the third of his league career in England.
The Portuguese is not used to hearing his side booed off the pitch, just as he is not used to watching a team he coaches playing feverish, panicked and error-strewn football.
On Saturday Chelsea played like a team at the wrong end of the table, two places above the drop zone and 10 points adrift of the leaders.
But Mourinho said he would stay until owner Roman Abramovich and the board asked him to leave and they had given him no sign they were about to do that.
“I’m going to stay until the owner and the board they want me to leave, no club can persuade me to leave, no financial offer can persuade me to leave, I’m going to stay until the day the owner and the board tell me Jose it’s enough,” he said. I” told that when I was champion, I tell that now when I am 16 or 17 in the table or whatever, so no chance, no chance I resign.”
When the club had asked him to return to the club two years ago they had told him they wanted stability rather than their recent history of serial changes of manager, he said.
“I know that you know the history of this club and you know that every time the results are not good there was a change of manager. But when I was contacted to be back I was told we had so many managers we know you are the best. So I think it’s time for the club to act in a different way, to mark a position, a position of stability, a position of trust.”
His perhaps desperate message to the club’s hierarchy was that they should not panic yet.
Although he said retaining the title now would be very difficult from their lowly position, he was confident of reaching the top four and securing a Champions League place.
That is a minimum requirement for a club used to playing in Europe’s elite and with a wage bill to match.
“December, January we are top four,” he said. “I don’t say easy but it’s completely do-able.”