Chelsea have made an official statement expressing their "full support" of manager Jose Mourinho, despite the club's poor start to the season. The West London outfit said that the Portuguese boss was the perfect man to overcome the current situation, after he led the side to both the Premier League and Capital One Cup last season.

Mourinho's position has been under significant scrutiny in recent days, following consecutive and embarrassing defeats against Porto and Southampton. Mourinho himself added fuel to the speculation after the game against the Saints, warning Roman Abramovich that if Chelsea fired him they would be firing "the best manager they have ever had."

Mourinho raged: "If the club want to sack me they have to sack me because I am not running away from my responsibilities or my team."

Captain John Terry also stated that the dressing room are fully in support of the boss, denying a fall out with the manager despite him being dropped for a significant number of games.

"We have a big group of players and we have the best manager who we remain behind and we remain together. That is what you do in tough circumstances. I have been here a long time and I have seen managers come and go and if anyone is going to get us out of this hole it is going to be Jose Mourinho," he said.

"The players will remain together and fight, and keep fighting for the supporters because they were excellent on Saturday."

The club have now sent a similar message, saying that they are also behind the manager.

"The club wants to make it clear that Jose continues to have our full support," Chelsea said in an official statement. "As Jose has said himself, results have not been good enough and the team's performances must improve. However, we believe that we have the right manager to turn this season around and that he has the squad with which to do it."