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Mourinho goes off: “If they sack me they sack the best manager this club has ever had”

Jose Mourinho just went off.

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Furious with referees and defiant about his future at Chelsea, the mercurial manager went on a 7-minute, stream of consciousness comment bender after a 3-1 loss to Southampton at Stamford Bridge.

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Saying that officials are “afraid to give Chelsea a penalty”, Mourinho spewed venom in another round of his “Anti-Chelsea bias” narrative. Mourinho then turned to his job status, saying he won’t go anywhere and that firing him would be a big mistake.

From the BBC:

“If the club wants to sack me they have to sack me because I am not running away. To be champions now is very difficult because the distance is so much but I am convinced we will finish in the top four.

“It is a crucial moment in the history of this club because if they sack me they sack the best manager this club has ever had. The message is that the results are the fault of the manager.

“This is a moment for everybody to assume their responsibilities and stick together.”

Provided Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich doesn’'t actually fire Mourinho, this bout of angry talk is something that can work for the Blues, because will be talking about the uninspired play of Eden Hazard or the clear drop-off from John Terry. It’ll be about Mourinho’s job status, and the manager can go about regrouping his struggling, struggling club.

Chelsea is in 16th place, with eight points in as many games and a minus-5 goal differential.

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