By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Jose Mourinho is “dragging down” Chelsea with his conduct during the team’s slump, according to Jamie Redknapp.
The former England international says Mourinho has to take responsibility for the team’s struggles after their third consecutive Premier League defeat left them just three points above the relegation zone.
Mourinho’s one-match stadium ban meant he was not in attendance as Chelsea lost 1-0 at Stoke to leave them rooted in 16th in the Premier League table.
“This time after 12 games last season they had not lost, now they’ve lost seven matches – something is dramatically wrong,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“It can’t be right. They breezed the league last year, to be in this situation is unprecedented, I can’t remember a team ever performing like this after winning the title.
“Mourinho has to take a lot of responsibility for that. The treatment of the club doctor, taking John Terry off at half-time against Man City, subbing Nemanja Matic on and off – he’s the best player you’ve got, Eden Hazard’s form, a stadium ban, how many more things can there be?”
Redknapp thinks Mourinho’s behaviour is doing damage to the club’s reputation, but feels the manager’s saving grace could be the lack of a replacement currently available.
“You almost feel he is dragging the club down with his behaviour and if it carries on I don’t know what you can do,” Redknapp said.
“The problem is who do you get? It’s not that easy. Because of his reputation maybe you should give him more time but this is more than worrying, this is terrible times for Chelsea.”