Frank Lampard backs his old boss Jose to dig Chelsea out of their hole

Date: Wednesday 28th October 2015 at 1:19 am
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Frank Lampard hugs Jose Mourinho

CHELSEA legend Frank Lampard – a vital cog in the success machine assembled at Chelsea by Jose Mourinho – says the beleagured Special One should not be axed by owner Roman Abramovich.

His position is in serious jeopardy after his champions have faltered by losing losing five of 10 Premier League games. And on Tuesday night they were knocked out of the League Cup after losing a penalty shoot-out against Stoke City.

But Lampard, who played under Mourinho in both his spells in charge at Chelsea, says the club must keep the faith.

“With Mourinho in charge, the squad they’ve got, the talent they’ve got on the pitch – I don’t see any way that they won’t turn it around,” said Lampard, after receiving an OBE for services for football on Tuesday.

Mourinho’s results are his main enemy at the moment but he is also causing concern with his erratic behaviour. He was charged with misconduct by the FA after being a sent to the stands against West Ham last weekend. So words of encouragement from Lampard will be well received by the Mourinho camp.

But after losing to Stoke, the reports that have suggested that Mourinho could be sacked if he loses against Liverpool on Saturday are gaining momentum.

The manager got another slice of support from a former star when radio pundit Pat Nevin said the club should not dispose of their boss.

Nevin, who said that Mourinho was feeling the pressure, told BBC Sport: “If I was a Chelsea executive, I would want to keep him.

“If I want somebody to rebuild something, then I would want someone who is as good as anyone around. Sometimes you have to be strong and believe in the guy who has got a bit of talent. If it was me I would be standing by him.”

Nevin, who made more than 250 appearances for Chelsea between 1988 and 1992, also believes Mourinho’s recent behaviour is not an attempt to walk away from the club, having signed a new four-year contract in August.

“There has been times in the past where he has fallen out with referees and officialdom before and it hasn’t always led to him immediately leaving. That’s just the personality of the man.

“He will not shy away from a battle or a fight, especially when he feels he’s absolutely right. So for the media to then take the attitude that he wants away, it’s quite a leap.”

But one fans’ spokesman insisted that Mourinho Mark Two is not the same boss as the man who first arrived at the club 11 years ago.

David Johnstone, from the Chelsea fanzine cfcuk, said: “It’s not the same Jose Mourinho that was here in 2004. I don’t know what his problem is but he cannot go on blaming referees and everybody else for what’s going on.

“The majority of Chelsea supporters are behind him but I know a lot of Chelsea supporters who wouldn’t be bothered if he left tomorrow.”

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