Mourinho Gets Chelsea Support, Rebuke From FA

JoseWith the manager of a top Premier League team having been sacked, the defending champions of England’s top flight sent a reassuring message about its embattled coach.

Following its 3-1 home defeat to Southampton, Chelsea FC issued a statement that its manager, Jose Mourinho, has the club’s full support.

“As Jose has said himself, results have not been good enough and the team’s performances must improve,” the statement read. “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.”

The missive from Chelsea follows Liverpool’s firing of Brendan Rodgers. Ironically, Liverpool with 12 points sits in 10th place, 3 points out of fourth place. With 8 points, Chelsea sits in 16th place, 7 points off of fourth and only 4 points above the drop zone. Aston Villa sits in 18th place with 4 points.

While Mourinho received public support from Chelsea, he was charged by England’s Football Association (FA) for accusing league referees of bias against The Blues. Following the Southampton match at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho said referees were “afraid” to make calls in Chelsea’s favor.

The FA said that Mourinho’s remarks constitute improper conduct as they imply bias, and bring the game into disrepute. Mourinho has until Thursday to respond to the charge.