Sir Alex Ferguson is going to bat for Mourinho, saying Abrahimovich will be foolish to sack one of the best coaches in the game.
This season has been abysmal for Chelsea, with the recent loss to newly promoted Bournemouth adding to their misery.
With Chelsea picking up just four points from their last six league games and sitting two points above the relegation zone, Mourinho’s job is at stake, but Ferguson has urged Chelsea to stand with him.
“Abramovich has sacked so many coaches in the last 10 years that I am sure he has learned from it,” the Scotsman is quoted as saying by The Mirror.
“He has to trust and have confidence that Jose can turn it around.
“There is no point in sacking one of the best coaches of all time, he’s won the European Cup twice, he’s won the league in each country he’s managed in, he’s won the big trophies.
“It would be foolish to take that step to sack him. That would be bad management. It’s not leadership, that.”
The 73-year-old pointed out that Chelsea’s current predicament is the first time Mourinho has ever really struggled in his career, but he has backed him to turn the situation around.
“I’ve been watching Jose and I’ve spoken to him a couple of times. It’s the first time he’s been confronted with non-success.
“If you look at his whole career it’s been nothing but a rise all the time, so for the first time in his life he’s had to deal with bad publicity, adversity, and thats a challenge but there are signs he is getting back to a balanced level even though they lost on Saturday.
“For Jose, all good leaders will eventually find a solution. He will find a solution and I think he will get back to normal. It’s not looking great at the moment, but I know the guy and work he has done in football and I can’t see it lasting long.
“There are not many teams who can continue that, for instance Manchester City won the League and then lost it the next year, Chelsea won the league and are now having a bad spell.
“It is very difficult to maintain and continue success for five, six, seven years, very, very difficult.
“The key is to avid complacency.”