WHATEVER the outcome, the fight for survival being waged by Jose Mourinho is THE unfolding story of the season. And the reaction of the media after Chelsea’s dire 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Liverpool dominates our Sunday gossip.
The Sunday Mirror is decisive, telling its readers that Jose faces the sack while The Sun’s Sunday edition reckons he will be given a couple of games to turn things around. The Mail reckons the club will not fire their boss while he retains the support and affection of the fans.
Meanwhile, in the never-rains-but-it-pours department, there is talk of Chelsea’s star midfielder Eden Hazard being in talks with Real Madrid – how is that even possible?
So here is our sabbath special, complete with our unique marks out of 10 to guide you as to the credibility of the chatter on offer…
CHELSEA boss Jose Mourinho is facing the sack as the club’s owner Roman Abramovich prepares a £9.5m pay-off.
(Sunday Mirror) 7/10 Managers always say “judge me on results” – right now, Jose is heading for this outcome.
Mourinho has insisted that the club is united behind his management and he is prepared to stay and fight to keep his job.
(Sunday Express) 8/10 The counter argument is that his results – overall – demand that he be allowed far more time.
Chelsea will give Mourinho two more games to save his job.
(Sun on Sunday) 8/10 …but is that ENOUGH time?
Meanwhile, Real Madrid have held talks with Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, 24, and the Belgium international is likely to move to the Bernabeu if Mourinho is sacked.
(Don Balon – in Spanish) 5/10 One club talking to another club’s contracted player? Surely not?
Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola, 44, is in talks with Manchester City about taking over from Manuel Pellegrini next season.
(Sunday Express) 9/10 Here is the madness of top flight football writ large. Pellegrini is a winner with City and they are currently top of the Premier League.
Leicester will demand £15m for in-form striker Jamie Vardy, who has attracted interest from Tottenham, Liverpool, West Brom and Borussia Dortmund.
(Daily Star Sunday) 8/10 Right now, that would be an outright bargain.
Bayern want to sign Tottenham Hotspur’s £50m-rated striker Harry Kane, 22, at the end of the season.
(Sun on Sunday) 9/10 Many covet Kane who seems happy – for now – exactly where he is.
Manchester United are set to make a move for Real Madrid’s £90m-rated winger Gareth Bale, 26, in January, with the prospect of trading him for goalkeeper David de Gea, 24.
(Sunday People) 2/10 Highly unlikely that this will happen in January.
The Old Trafford club are also preparing to make a £40m bid for Lazio’s 22-year-old midfielder Felipe Anderson.
(Sunday Mirror) 4/10 That seems a bit steep – but after Anthony Martial…
Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes, 40, has damaged his chances of returning to Old Trafford in a coaching role after criticising manager Louis van Gaal’s methods.
(Sunday Mirror) 10/10 Clearly… but it’s remarkable stuff from a bloke who rarely opened his mouth as a player.
Paris St-Germain captain Thiago Silva hopes to persuade Real Madrid playmaker Cristiano Ronaldo, 30, to move to the French club next summer.
(L’Equipe – in French) 5/10 He’d need to be very perusasive.
Juventus’s former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, 34, wants to become a manager in England when he retires from playing.
(Sunday Times) 7/10 And he’d no doubt be welcome.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino feels Aston Villa’s owners had “no patience” over the sacking of Tim Sherwood.
(Daily Star on Sunday) 10/10 Time is the enemy of virtually all managers these days.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has urged Remi Garde to take the vacant Villa managerial post even if the 49-year-old Frenchman, who played under Wenger at Arsenal, cannot bring his own assistants with him.
(Mail on Sunday) 7/10 He should listen…and it seems he could always turn to Arsene for some friendly advice.
Real Madrid midfielder Isco has been linked with a move to the Premier League and, after helping the Spanish side to a win over Las Palmas on Saturday, the 23-year-old said: “I’m comfortable anywhere, as long as it’s on the pitch.”
(Marca) Good age for a move – and a top player who is getting better.
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman believes English managers will continue to be outnumbered in the Premier League – there are currently only five – because it is where every foreign coach wants to be.
(Daily Star on Sunday) 10/10 The price they pay for being in the world’s top league.
Tottenham are to offer Christian Eriksen a new contract that will keep the Danish star at White Hart Lane for the next four years.
(Sunday Mirror) 10/10 Few would argue against that.