English Premiership

Mourinho brushes off Chelsea sack talk

2015-10-31 09:19
Jose Mourinho (AFP)

London - Jose Mourinho claims he isn't concerned about his future as Chelsea manager even if the rest of the football world is "excited" that he could be in danger of the sack.

Mourinho was given a vote of confidence by Blues owner Roman Abramovich earlier this month after Chelsea made a spluttering start to their defence of the Premier League title.

That came less than two months after Mourinho had signed a contract extension until June 2019.

But Chelsea have won one game since and sit 15th in the table with five defeats in 10 games ahead of Saturday's match with Liverpool, prompting suggestions he could be dismissed if results don't improve immediately.

Yet Mourinho is unfazed by the sacking speculation and questioned why people are so keen to talk up his prospects of being axed.

"I am not worried about my job. I am not worried about my future," Mourinho said.

"I don't spend one second of my day thinking about it.

"It looks like you (the media) want to put a lot of pressure on me in relation to that, where you can't do it. You can't do it.

"What I would like to understand is why some people can be so excited and happy with the perspective of somebody losing his job."

Mourinho says his only concern is reviving Chelsea, who saw their League Cup defence end in a penalty shootout defeat at Stoke on Tuesday.

The three matches before November's international break could be key, with Liverpool's visit to Stamford Bridge followed by a Champions League clash with Dynamo Kiev and a Premier League trip to Stoke.

"I am worried about the results. I am worried about winning on Saturday. I am worried about qualifying for the next round of the Champions League," Mourinho added.

"I am worried about recovering positions in the table and to go back to where Chelsea normally has to be."

It was put to Mourinho that bookmakers are already providing odds on his successor, but he said: "Don't speak with me about bets and odds.

"It's something that belongs to your culture, not to mine."

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