Jose Mourinho is in the process of overseeing the joint-worst start to a domestic league campaign of his entire career after Chelsea’s 3-0 loss to Manchester City.
The Blues are 13/20 to beat West Brom at the Hawthorns, a venue where they’ve claimed one point from the last 12 on offer, in their next outing.
Should they fail to do so then Chelsea’s start to 2015/16 would officially become the worst beginning to a league season the Portuguese has overseen as a manager.
It may be just two games old, but after drawing with Swansea at Stamford Bridge, the Blues’ Etihad loss equalled his previous low, at Real Madrid in 2012/13.
His only other one-point-from-two-games-start came during his first managerial role, a short spell at Benfica that began with the 2000/01 campaign already underway.
Pedants particularly keen to twist the blade might like to point out that Los Blancos’ second-game defeat four seasons ago came by a single goal at Getafe, rather than the three strikes administered in Manchester.
That 2012/13 was the only other occasion in which a team managed by Mourinho has picked up less than two points from their opening two fixtures in a career entering it’s 17th term is testament to his abilities in the dugout.
Yet it also rates a disconcerting omen for Chelsea’s 10/3-rated title-defence and even for their manager’s Stamford Bridge dominion.
The 2012/13 Primera Division season saw Barcelona crowned champions with a 100-point haul that equalled the record set by Mourinho’s Merengues the year before – Real were 15 points back in second.
It was a campaign the Chelsea boss referred to at the time as the worst of his career and Madrid president Florentino Perez agreed, with the Portuguese walking the plank by mutual agreement at the end of term.
Mourinho is 16/1 to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post.