Jose Mourinho is set to be offered a contract extension at Chelsea just days after Paris Saint-Germain bounced his Blues side from the Champions League.
According to the Daily Express “even a catastrophic collapse in the Premier League title race will not dissuade owner Roman Abramovich from offering Mourinho a new deal”.
The question is, has he earned it yet?
Having already exited the FA Cup at the hands of Bradford City, the best haul Mourinho can now hope for this term is to add to the Premier League title to the Capital One Cup.
At present, however, the League Cup remains the sole trophy the Portuguese has lifted, not just in 2014/15, but since his return to Stamford Bridge two summers ago.
His predecessors Rafael Benitez and Roberto Di Matteo both delivered more impressive silverware in tenures totalling a combined 14 months at the helm.
Chelsea are as short as 3/25 to make good on their five-points-with-a-game-in-hand advantage at the top of the Premier League.
It seems inappropriate to award Mourinho with a new contract until they have the trophy in their hands.
If they fail to do so his feted second coming in west London might just start to look a little humdrum, the kind of tenure that would be exercising Roman’s rolodex were a manager less intrinsic to the club’s modern day folklore at the helm.
Mourinho has apparently impressed Abramovich with his ability to turn a profit in successive transfer windows, but on-pitch achievement remains his ultimate performance indicator.
Chelsea are 31/50 to add another win to their stockpile against Southampton at Sunday, with the draw a 27/10 shot and the Saints win priced up at 9/2.
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