Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho continues to have the “full support” of the club, the Barclays Premier League champions confirmed in a statement today.
The Blues are 16th in the table after Southampton inflicted a fourth defeat in eight games in front of Blues owner Roman Abramovich on Saturday.
Following the 3-1 reverse, Mourinho said he would only quit if he lost the backing of the players, with club captain John Terry stating the dressing room remained firmly behind the Portuguese coach.
Chelsea took the unusual step of reiterating their backing in a statement on the official club website early this afternoon.
“The club wants to make it clear that Jose continues to have our full support,” the statement read.
“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.”