Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is the new favourite to become the next Premier League boss to lose their job following the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge. Defeat to Jurgen Klopp's side was the Blues' sixth in 11 matches and leaves the defence of their title in tatters barely a third of the way into the campaign.
Mourinho is the 1-3 favourite with Sky Bet to become the fourth managerial casualty in the top flight this term. The Portuguese boss is tipped to follow Dick Advocaat, Brendan Rodgers and Tim Sherwood, who have left Sunderland, Liverpool and Aston Villa respectively, in being dismissed but early indications are that owner Roman Abramovich will resist making a change.
Ramires' early goal had initially looked like easing Chelsea's problems, but Liverpool hit back either side of half time through Philippe Coutinho's double and substitute Christian Benteke's late finish. The Chelsea boss was visibly annoyed with Mark Clattenburg's decision not to dismiss Lucas Leiva when the scores were level and he refused to discuss the game's talking points during his post-match media activity but stressed he was not concerned over his future.
"No I don't [think this is my last match]," Mourinho said, according to IBTimes UK. "I will go home to find a sad family then I will try to watch some of the rugby and disconnect a little bit from this then I will start preparing the training session for tomorrow morning for Wednesday's game."
Such is Chelsea's plight in the Premier League, where they are 15th with 11 points from as many games that bookmakers make them more likely to be relegated to the Championship this season, than to stage a comeback and retain their title. Co-leaders Manchester City and Arsenal are 14 points ahead following their wins while bottom side Villa after just seven points adrift.
Sky Bet value Chelsea at 150/1 to win successive league titles, and 13/8 to qualify for the Champions League –a competition which they are also struggling in having won just one of their opening three group games. The west London club are 100/1 to be demoted to the second tier this term, with managerless Villa, Sunderland and AFC Bournemouth the current favourites.