Jose Mourinho does not appear to be under immediate threat at Chelsea, while Diego Costa will escape punishment for his Martin Skrtel clash.
MOURINHO UNDER NO IMMEDIATE THREAT
Just a week after many of them claimed defeat to Liverpool could spell the end for Jose Mourinho as Chelsea manager, this Monday’s newspapers are united in reporting that Roman Abramovich does not want to sack the Portuguese, with the Blues owner described by the Daily Express and Daily Star respectively as “agonising” and “anguishing” over the prospect of bringing down his axe.
According to The Guardian, Mourinho has been assured by members of the Chelsea board that he will be given more time to revive his ailing team but has not been given a set number of games to save his job.
The Daily Telegraph takes a similar line but adds that ‘despite Abramovich’s belief in Mourinho, he is not prepared to write off the season, particularly if his club’s participation in next year’s Champions League is threatened.’
The newspaper says that Pep Guardiola, Diego Simeone, Antonio Conte and a surprise candidate, the CSKA Moscow manager Leonid Slutsky, would be on Abramovich’s shortlist if he was to make a summer change, but the Russian oligarch has not yet identified any interim candidates to replace Mourinho in the short term as he continues to hold out hope that things will improve.
If Abramovich does ultimately decide to make a change, Fabio Capello is among the managers who would be interested in taking over at Stamford Bridge, according to The Sun.
AND THE REST
Diego Costa will escape any retrospective action over his clash with Martin Skrtel during Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat against Liverpool (Daily Telegraph/Daily Mail)
Remi Garde will be named today as the new manager of Aston Villa (various)
Southampton forward Gaston Ramirez is a January target for Lazio (Daily Mirror)
Didier Drogba is weighing up a loan switch to Serie A side Bologna (Daily Mirror)
West Ham target Alexandre Pato is set to spark a transfer rush in January after confirming he will leave Paulo at the end of his loan spell, with parent club Corinthians keen to sell the former AC Milan star (The Sun)
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