Jose Mourinho left frustrated by Chelsea failing to sign John Stones and Paul Pogba after a bad start to the season
Chelsea spent nearly £70million on new players this summer although Jose Mourinho will not feel satisfied with the business that has been done as he bids to retain his Premier League crown.
John Stones was a key defensive target for the Blues and the defending in the opening four matches illustrates why the Everton defender was so aggressively pursued.
However, the Toffees dug their heels in to keep their prize player and Juventus were in no mood to allow Paul Pogba to make the switch to London either, meaning that Pedro was the only show-stopping arrival at Stamford Bridge.
Baba Rahman arrived from Germany for £21 million although the Ghanaian will largely be used as a squad player unless Mourinho continues to see mistakes made by defenders which have led to eight dropped points so far.
The bookmakers have gradually been shortening Mourinho’s Sack Race odds since the beginning of the season and the Portuguese is now a best price 8/1 with William Hill to be the first Premier League manager out of a job.
If Jose were the first to leave, it would probably be a case of him standing down rather than Roman Abramovich giving him the red card, although Manchester City’s fast start and ability to land Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne will have rankled with Mourinho.
De Bruyne was originally a Chelsea player who Mourinho allowed to leave, although it hasn’t stopped City splashing over £50 million on the Belgian who could not only help the Citizens conquer the Premier League but also Europe.
Dick Advocaat remains the 2/1 favourite in the Sack Race, with the Dutchman having landed Fabio Borini from Liverpool although the forward has never really cut it at Premier League level.
Brendan Rodgers is as short as 6/1 despite the general consensus that the Liverpool manager is safe in a job, with the bookies reacting to the Reds’ 3-0 reverse at home to West Ham.
Right now, it appears that Advocaat is the most likely to walk away from his post, despite Sunderland picking up recent draws against Swansea and Aston Villa after horrendous performances against Leicester and Norwich.
But Mourinho could start becoming disillusioned if his team don’t get anything at Goodison Park in their next Premier League match, with Chelsea out to 6/1 for the title.