Jose Mourinho insists he still has the backing of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich despite a poor run of form which has left them 14th in the English Premier League and on the brink of Champions League elimination.
Ahead of a crucial Champions League encounter against his former side Porto, Mourinho dismissed suggestions that a defeat to the Portuguese would in all likelihood end his reign as Blues boss for a second time.
Mourinho though thinks otherwise. He told reporters: “I think I did lots of good things for this club for the owner to know the quality I have.
“He believed in me twice. One, when he brought me back to the club, and the second time when he gave me a new four-year contract.
“I don’t think the owner is a person to change with the wind. I know this wind is really strong because the results in the Premier League are really bad but I think the owner knows what I give to the club and he believes I am the right man to do the job.
Chelsea fell to their eighth defeat of the season against Bournemouth at the weekend, conjuring up genuine concerns of missing out on the top four and, if they were to miss out on Champions League football after Christmas, many believe that could be the final straw for the Russian oligarch.
“You can read these bad results and blame everything on the manager. You can look at the results and look to players with performances below acceptable. You can look to unlucky decisions we have been having,” he said.
“You can look to every direction and decide that it is not just one man’s responsibility.”