By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
The future of Jose Mourinho will be thrashed out at an emergency Chelsea board meeting on Wednesday, Football Insider sources understand.
Senior Stamford Bridge officials led by Roman Abramovich will discuss whether to sack Mourinho in a bid to arrest the club’s staggering decline.
Chelsea directors Michael Emenalo, Bruce Buck, Marina Granovskaia and Eugene Tenenbaum will also have their say on the position of the most successful manager in the club’s history.
A Chelsea source has told Football Insider that it expected to be a close-run decision on whether to pay off Mourinho, who signed a £10.5million-a-year, four-year contract in August.
The manager’s position is back on the agenda after Chelsea slipped to their ninth Premier League defeat of the season on Monday night to leave them marooned in 16th in the table, just one point above the relegation zone.
The Portugese lashed out at his players in the aftermath of the 2-1 defeat at Leicester by accusing them of “betrayal” for failing to follow his instructions.
It was the latest in a series of public criticisms made of his squad by Mourinho, who has pointed the finger at a number of his big-name flops this season.
A Chelsea recruitment source has told Football Insider that, even if the Portugese is fired, up to nine players are set to be shipped out and replaced in a drastic overhaul of the team that cakewalked to the title just seven months ago.
John Terry, Cesc Fabregas, Branislav Ivanovic, Oscar, Radamel Falcao, John Obi Mikel and Loic Remy could all leave, while the futures of star men Eden Hazard and Diego Costa are also in serious doubt.
Whatever happens with his own position, Mourinho has persuaded owner Roman Abramovich and the club hierarchy that a shake-up of the squad is needed to drag them to the next level.