• Chelsea’s miserable season continued with 3-1 home loss to Southampton
  • Jose Mourinho launched incredible seven-and-a-half-minute rant 
  • It was reminiscent of Kevin Keegan’s famous diatribe in 1996 
  • One of his conspiracy theories concerned referees not awarding penalties 
  • Mourinho then dared the Chelsea hierarchy to sack him 
  • Owner Roman Abramovich has never been afraid to dismiss managers 

Rob Draper for MailOnline

It was a TV moment to rank alongside Kevin Keegan’s meltdown as Newcastle faded way in the 1996 title race.

Jose Mourinho was only asked one question – ‘Commiserations: what was assessment of the performance?’ – and launched into a seven-and-a-half minute monologue.

At first it seemed it was simply one of his all-enveloping conspiracy theories, one which would make Dan Brown blanche. The problem for Chelsea was simply that referees weren’t give them penalties, a pan European conspiracy it turned out because it included the Champions League.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho had plenty to say to Sky Sports after seeing his side lose yet another game

Mourinho watches his side lose 3-1 at home to Ronald Koeman's Southampton on Saturday evening

Mourinho watches his side lose 3-1 at home to Ronald Koeman’s Southampton on Saturday evening

Mourinho's rant was reminiscent of Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan's diatribe back in 1996

Mourinho’s rant was reminiscent of Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan’s diatribe back in 1996

But it turned into the most extraordinary ultimatum to owner Roman Abramovich and the board of directors almost inviting them to sack him. 

Later, he would reiterate the point in a press conference and an executive summary would read: ‘Sack me if you dare but I won’t resign and you won’t find a better manager.’

Roman Abramovich was at the game and and there was indeed a degree of freneticism around the board room last night with one source reporting that there were executives scurrying back and forth as the full impact of a fourth Premier League defeat sunk in.

For Mourinho knows the history of this club and he knows the threat of the sack is real. Managers have gone with better records than this.

It seems extraordinary when just five months ago they were celebrating a famous title win, but when results are this bad the options boil down to changing the players or changing the manager. Abramovich has always gone for the latter.

'This is a crucial moment... if the club sacks me they sack the best manager that this club have,' said Mourinho

‘This is a crucial moment… if the club sacks me they sack the best manager that this club have,’ said Mourinho

Southampton celebrate after inflicting Chelsea's fourth defeat in eight league matches this season

Southampton celebrate after inflicting Chelsea’s fourth defeat in eight league matches this season

The defeat leaves Chelsea fifth from bottom in the Barclays Premier League with just eight points

The defeat leaves Chelsea fifth from bottom in the Barclays Premier League with just eight points

He dared Abramovich to do thing differently this time whilst seeming to accept this club always revert to type. ‘It’s a crucial moment in the history of this club,’ he said. 

‘Do you know why? Because if the club sacks me they sack the best manager this club ever had. And the message again is that if there are bad results, the manager is guilty.

‘This is the message that people have got in a decade and this is a moment when people assume responsibilities, including me the players and other people in the club. We need to stick together, this is what I want.’

It already looked bad even before the intervention of Mourinho last night made it look worse. Chelsea look like a team not playing for their manager.

Recriminations in the Chelsea back line as Cesar Azpilicueta makes a point to captain John Terry

Recriminations in the Chelsea back line as Cesar Azpilicueta makes a point to captain John Terry

Everything Mourinho does seems to be working against him - and the fans are losing patience

Everything Mourinho does seems to be working against him – and the fans are losing patience

His calamitous decision to criticise and demote Dr Eva Carneiro at the start of the season had already come back to bite him politically.

As is that fact that it lost him credit in the dressing room and amongst staff, Dr Carneiro having been a popular figure.

Executives at Chelsea always say they sigh when Mourinho launches one of his press conference offensives but they have learnt to live with them because they trust in the results. 

Which is all well and good, but what happens when all you get is the aggravation and the results are no good? That is the question Abramovich will be pondering.


Look, I think you know me and I think I don’t run away from responsibilities. I think, first of all I want to say that because we are in such a bad moment I think you shouldn’t be afraid to be also honest because when we are in the top there is quite a big pleasure in put us down but when we are so down I think it’s time to be a little bit honest and to say clearly that referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea.

The result 1-1 is a huge penalty and once more we don’t get and a penalty is a crucial moment in the game with the result at 1-1, and I repeat that if FA wants to punish me they can punish me they don’t punish other managers but they punish me, it’s not a problem for me.

But I want to repeat because I think that my players deserve it, Chelsea fans deserve it. I am a Chelsea fan too and I want to say it again. Referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea. Why? Because when they give there’s always a question mark from you, there’s always a question there’s always a critique.

So you are always punished, we are punished because Diego Costa is suspended with images, in other matches we see the same thing and it doesn’t happen. Clear penalties are not given and it’s one and one and one and one and even in Champions League in a match you lose 2-1, even in the Champions League which is a game which is not three officials but with five you are not given a penalty in last minute and this penalty in this game today is more than crucial do you know why? Because for my team in this moment the first negative thing that happen, my team collapse.

The team mentally, psychologically, the team is unbelievable down it looks like good players are bad players and the first half was a game where we didn’t show our quality but we were in control, we were more than in control, and one mistake and lack of concentration, one goal and when you are having a good time.

In normal circumstances you come to the second half and you do your game, I told the players at half time no panic we are not losing 4-0 it’s 1-1, no panic, the team comes out with a good spirit we have a penalty and the penalty is a giant penalty and he is afraid to give like everybody is afraid to give so no penalty and after that the team lost even more confidence and you know that their second goal is an individual mistake, their third goal is another individual mistake. The team mentally, they try, they try, they try, they are in such a low moment that they collapse.

I can also know what you are thinking, what you are saying in studio, what people imagine, what is is going to happen, what is not going to happen, I want to let it clear.

One, I not run away. Two, if the club wants to sack me they have to sack me because I’m not running away from my responsibilities from my team and from my convictions.

That, be champions is obviously very difficult because the distance is considerable but I’m more than convinced that we finish top four, and when the season is so bad if you finish top four it is OK. 

Third even more important than first and second, I think this is a crucial moment in the history of this club.

Do you know why? Because if the club sacks me they sack the best manager that this club have, and secondly the message is again the message of bad result, the manager is guilty and this is the message that not just these players but the other ones before they got during a decade.

I think this is a moment for everybody to assume responsibility, I assume my responsibility I think the players should assume their responsibility and there are other people in the club that they should also assume their responsibilities and to stick together. And this is what I want.

The players they still have to play until the end of the season with the gold champions thing in their shirt and I want to work always, you know, I consider myself, I have a big self-esteem, a big ego, I consider myself the best, living the worst period of my career and worst results of my career, doing that as a professional hurts me a lot, doing it at Chelsea hurts me twice because it hurts me as a professional and hurts me because I like this club very, very much and was because of that that I come back so I want to carry on, I want to carry on no doubt, no doubt and I assume my responsibilities but I think it’s time for everybody to assume their responsibilities because when you go down to so many individual mistakes and fear to play, they have their responsibilities, they are players that are performing really, really bad individually, I can not come here and say you, and you, and you, and you, it’s not my job but I think it’s clear that we are being punished by too many individual mistakes and as I was saying  sadness brings sadness, bad results they attract bad results, that first mistake is just the first because after that comes another one.

This team needs to win the first-half two or three nil with the fears disappearing coming to play in the second half and play with a free brain, a free spirit. This is what this team needs and unfortunately for them this is not happening and again I repeat so I want to make it clear again, because I not want to be offensive, I don’t want to be none-polite I don’t want to put in cause the dignity of the people, but I repeat that the referees they are afraid to give the decision when you are top you want to see people come down when people is down give us a break and be honest and be loyal with us because the penalty is clear and 2-1 is a completely different story, thank you.


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