Jose Mourinho reveals he could resign...on one condition
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed he will resign as the club's manager following their disastrous start to the season - but only if his players tell him to go.
Mourinho is coming under intense pressure as his Premier League champions sit in 16th place heading into the international break, while he has issued a back me or sack me ultimatum to Stamford Bridge bosses.
The Blues boss had insisted there "no way" he would quit following his side's fourth league defeat of the season against Southampton on Saturday, but he has now admitted that stance could change.
"People can say what they want. I think you should go straight to the players," said Mourinho.
"Get a table at Cobham next week - John Terry doesn't go to the national team, Diego Costa doesn't go, Ramires doesn't go. Ask them.
"If they tell you they don't trust me, that is the only thing that can make me resign. The only thing. But not fake sources. The players at the table."
Chelsea skipper John Terry has already give his public backing to Mourinho and the Portuguese tactician seems convinced that his players are behind him despite their woeful displays this season.
Mourinho also believes this new experience of being a manager seemingly running out of ideas is good for him.
"It makes me understand how big a guy I am," he stated. "I am not afraid. I'm not crying, I'm not desperate. It makes me realise how big I was, how big I am.
"When you win and you win titles and you are champion, life is easy. It's easy to be proud. It's easy to be what you are.
"In this moment it's not so easy and my feelings - I'm so unhappy with the sport feeling of defeat but I am so happy with myself with the way I am facing this."
Mourinho is calling of divine intervention to lift his team, as he suggests their confidence can only be rebuilt with winning results.
"Only Mother Nature can do it," he added. "They need to feel luck, they need to arrive at half-time winning 2-0, 3-0.
"They need to fly without pressure, they need to play and feel that everything is going in their favour.
"Not to feel this pressure, this panic, this negativity. Decisions against, unlucky, mistakes. They need it. Time will bring it. I don't know next match, in two matches, in three. For sure they will get that confidence back, for sure."