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Roman Abramovich is confident Jose Mourinho can turn around the team’s catastrophic start to the season, according to one of his closest Chelsea advisers.
Michael Emenalo, the club’s technical director, has provided some rare insight into Abramovich’s way of thinking to show that Mourinho has support from the Russian owner.
Mourinho’s job has been left hanging by a thread after a catastrophic start to the season that has left Chelsea rooted in 16th in the Premier League table.
But, as revealed to Football Insider by a senior Chelsea source at the start of the international break on 9 November, Abramovich has pledged to stick with the under-fire Portugese in the wake of the team’s most recent match, a 1-0 defeat at Stoke.
Emenalo gave some insight into the thoughts of Abramovich as the Russian oligarch deals with the worst spell of form in his 12 years as owner.
“Right now what is he thinking? He is feeling like the rest of us who are fans,” explained Emenalo. “More so. He is feeling that his precious club that he supports is not doing well. I think he goes through the varied emotions of ‘how can I help?’ and ‘what is going wrong?’
“He is definitely looking forward to the club getting into a winning groove again. More importantly he wants to make sure that we don’t lose what we have achieved in the last 10 years, which has earned the respect of the football fraternity.
“He has done it and he is not always sitting down surrounded by all the trophies he has won. One thing that I knew from the very first day I joined the club is that this is not a toy for him. Nobody has a £1 billion toy. It doesn’t matter how wealthy you are.
“He is deeply, deeply passionate about football and about English football and this club. It means everything to him and that is why he makes the investment and wherever he is, he finds a way to watch matches. He cares deeply, so when things aren’t going well it affects him in the same way it affects a fan.”