. Chelsea FC, suffering their worst start to a season in 37 years, publicly backed Jose Mourinho on Monday, but Daily Mirror believes this sudden change of attitude in Chelsea FC is for other reasons. Chelsea FC, struck hard by the Financial Fair Play policy, would have to pay Jose Mourinho over A?30million in severance if they were to sack him.

Financial Fair Play proving a stumbling block

In the era of Financial Fair Play, the huge amount of severance fee due that is financially unviable for Chelsea FC, who lie in the lowly 16th position after four league defeats, may have been forced them to back their manager. The club seems to have picked up on Josea s comment following the defeat to Southampton and issued a statement (via the Club’s website) that read as follows:

‘The club wants to make it clear that Jose continues to have our full support.

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.’

Josea s Contract Extension

After winning the League and Capital One Cup, Chelsea FC were quick to tie down their manager for a further two years. The new deal runs till the year 2019 with an estimated salary of around A?8.5million a year, which is proving to be another stumbling block for the Blues.

Under Roman Abramovich, Chelsea FC now face a stern test of patience as both the club and Mourinho, after his European adventure, wanted a settled approach that would see the manager build a legacy at the club.

The international break couldn’t have come at a better time for both the club and manager following their shock defeat at home to Southampton last Saturday. The defeat meant the danger of not making it into one of the lucrative UEFA Champions League spot looms large for Chelsea FC.

Mourinho will need to rekindle his magic as no team in the history of the Premier League has managed to qualify for the Champions League after picking up only eight points from a possible twenty four. Despite Chelsea FCa s statement Mourinho lies in a precarious position and a loss against Aston Villa following the international break may very well signal the end of Mourinhoa s second reign at Chelsea.