Could Pep Guardiola make the jump to Chelsea? And would John Terry go to Qatar? That and more from the Monday papers.
Chelsea one big defeat from sacking Mourinho, and Guardiola will come if he goes – Chelsea’s struggles this season have Jose Mourinho’s job under threat – but The Times’s report that Mourinho is “one more big loss away from the sack” makes it seem all the more real. The paper clamios that Mourinho could be given his marching orders “if his Chelsea side suffer another acrimonious defeat when they host Liverpool on Saturday”, adding that there is “increasing concern among the club’s board at further ill discipline during the 2-1 defeat away to West Ham” in which the manager was sent to the stands at half-time.
The Daily Express also reports that Mourinho will be out if the Blues lose to Liverpool, and if he does vacate the post The Telegraph understands that the Blues will then move to hire pep Guardiola. Intermediaries, not working on behalf of the club, are trying to get a sense of whether the Spaniard would take the job. Guardiola is Roman Abramovich’s top choice to replace Mourinho, but would prefer to keep Mourinho and is hoping he turns things around. The Mail has a slightly different take on things, claiming that Carlo Ancelotti and Guus Hiddink are both “waiting in the wings” to take over immediately, with Guardiola or Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone the options next summer should things not start going a bit better.
Paper Round’s view –
Guardiola is basically every club’s top choice to take over and Chelsea chased the Spaniard once before so it would be no surprise if they tried for him again – and with Ancelotti as a potential caretaker, there seems little to stop Chelsea waiting for Guardiola to see out his Bayern Munich contract. Would Chelsea really sack Mourinho, though? It still seems unlikely: the Blues don’t suddenly have a bad squad, despite their epic failure so far this season. One big win next weekend and everything will surely start to look very different at Stamford Bridge.