Saturday, October 3, 2015 9:39 pm
*Embattled manager rallies his team
After a surprising loss by Chelsea to Southampton at Stamford Bridge today, Coach Jose Mourinho says now is the time for everyone to remain united as Chelsea try to come through this difficult period.
He stressed there was absolutely no chance he would walk away from his position. He added stability at the club he loves was the key to turning things around.
‘No way I resign,’ Mourinho said. ‘No way.
‘Why? Because Chelsea cannot have a better manager than me. There are many managers in the world that belong to my level, but no better. So no chance I run away.
‘Why? For two reasons. One: because I have my professional pride and I know I’m very good at my job. Secondly because I like this club very much. If that’s not the case it could be different, but in the accumulation of both situations I want the best for my club and the best for my club is for me to stay, so I stay.
Chelsea cannot have a better manager than me. There are many managers in the world that belong to my level, but no better. So no chance I run away.
‘When we were champions last season I said I was going to stay until the owner and the board wanted 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 or the board say: “Jose, it’s enough”.
‘I said that when I was a champion and I say that now when I am 16th in the table. No chance I resign. That is completely clear.’
‘I know that you know the history of this club, and you know every time the results were not good there was a change of manager, but when I was contacted to come back, I was told “we have had so many managers and we know you are the best”.
‘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. Three months ago we were all together on the bus with the cups. It’s time for us all to be together now at the bottom of the league.
‘I think in December, January, February, we are top four. To be champion will be very difficult, but top four is completely doable. When you are in such a bad season with such a bad start, if at the end of the season you finish in the top four it’s because you kept the balance in a difficult season.
‘For me everything is clear. I have been in football for a long time and the power is always with the owners and the boards in the end. I was taught that from day one in my life, I was coached to understand and respect that all the time.
‘Do the players trust me and feel I am the man for the job? This week we spoke about it and the answer was undoubtful.
*Culled from Chelsea website