After slumping to our ninth Premier League loss this season, averaging less than a point a game and now perilously sitting only one point above the relegation zone, it wouldn't take much of a logical leap to figure that Jose Mourinho's job isn't in the most secure of positions. He has received unprecedented backing from the Board so far, but as we continue to generate league results not seen in over two decades, surely, the question whether Abramovich will finally pull the trigger looms large.
"The question (about my future) is always the same. The only thing I can say is that I want to be the manager. I have no doubts and I think you know me well enough to know that I am not afraid of a big challenge and in this moment it is a really big challenge."
"I want to stay and I hope Mr Abramovich and the board want me to stay, because I want to stay."
It's probably the only thing Jose can say right now, after proclaiming previously that he would never walk away willingly from something like this, and remains bullish that he can recover the club from this shameful league position.
"We can't finish top four, but we can still finish top six because so many teams are dropping points, but at the moment we're in a zone where I feel ashamed."
"I accept we are in the relegation zone but I don't accept we are in a relegation battle. You look at the table and we are there, but you think you are in a relegation battle if you are there for three or four months. I don't think that."
- Jose Mourinho; source: BBC
It seems like a long time ago now that the club released an official statement in support of the under-fire manager. Obviously, results were gradually expected to improve but the fact of the matter is that they haven't. Wonder what the board and the owner are thinking now...