Chelsea's Portuguese coach, Jose Mourinho, may be close to the end of his second spell as manager in charge of the English club.
This comes on the heels of his team's 3-0 loss to Manchester City on Sunday, a result which has seen his odds of becoming the next Premier League manager to be sacked slashed massively.
Vanguard reports with reference to the odds released by Betfair Sportsbook on Monday, that the one-time Inter Milan and Real Madrid tactician is now 7/1 second favourite, previously 25/1, behind only the Sunderland coach Dick Advocaat, to leave his post.
In the opening weeks of this season's EPL, the self-styled 'Special One' has had to also deal with much criticism; first for demoting the first-team doctor Eva Carneiro after she had attended to Eden Hazard in the dying minutes of the draw against Swansea last Saturday, and then for the dismal performance his team put up at the Etihad stadium on Sunday.
The odds from Betfair have now suggested Mourinho could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge if Chelsea do not get their title defence back on track in the coming weeks.
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According to Michael Bowers, Football Trader for Betfair: “Jose is struggling to get off on the right foot this season, after a poor game against Swansea and an even poorer game against the new title favourites Manchester City, he has gone from 25/1 to 7/1 second favourite as the next manager to leave the market after heavy backing.
“The club will remain loyal to Mourinho for the time being, but if the Blues don’t start picking up some points after four or five games, even The Special One could face the chop.”
The Chelsea manager heaped the blame for the team's loss on sloppy defending by his players, especially in the second half of the game.