Chelsea boss Mourinho rumoured to be on the brink of being sacked
There has been deafening silence from the Chelsea camp since their 2-1 defeat at West Ham on Saturday and now the rumours have gone into overdrive suggesting manager Jose Mourinho is one defeat away from being sacked.
Reports in the UK media suggest the shambolic events surrounding Chelsea's fifth Premier League defeat of the season at Upton Park have pushed Stamford Bridge bosses to give serious consideration to sacking Mourinho.
With Mourinho and his assistant Sivinio Louro sent to the stands by match officials for their behaviour at West Ham and midfielder Nemanja Matic sent off, there was a perception that the wheels after falling off the Chelsea bandwagon.
Now the Daily Mirror are among those reporting that Mourinho will be fired from his job if he oversees another defeat against Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool at Stamford Bridge next weekend.
Sacking Mourinho could cost Chelsea anything up to £30m, with the Portuguese tactician in a strong position following his agreement to sign a new four-year contract as Blues boss in August.
Since then, Mourinho has overseen a remarkable collapse for his Premier League champions that leaves them perched in 15th place in the table, a massive 11 points behind leaders Manchester City.
Mourinho has already conceded the title is out of his side's reach, but insists they will finish in the top four and has stressed that he will not consider resigning as Chelsea boss.
That may force Stamford Bridge chiefs to make the costly decision to get rid of Mourinho unless he inspires a dramatic upturn in results in the next few weeks.
Mourinho refused to speak to the media after his side's latest defeat and it will be intriguing to see if he breaks his silence before or after Tuesday night's Capital One Cup tie at Stoke.