Chelsea tell Jose Mourinho his job is safe should he finish in Premier League’s top four

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been told that his job is safe for now, but will come under review should their hopes of chalking up a top four finish come into jeopardy, according to the London Evening Standard.

Owner Roman Abramovic reportedly held a meeting with his board members following Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Southampton, and decided to stand by his manager for the time being (via Standard).

The defeat signalled the club’s worst start to a league campaign for 37 years, with Chelsea losing six of their opening 12 games across all competitions, however, Mourinho will be given the time to turn things around.

Mourinho was rewarded for lifting a league and cup double last season by penning a new four-year deal worth £8.5million a season in August, and the Blues board are keen for him to steady the ship and avoid the uncertainty that plagued his first spell in charge in 2007 (via Standard).

There is also a big concern about genuine candidates to replace him with Jurgen Klopp likely to join Liverpool (via Guardian) and Carlo Ancelotti unlikely to want to undertake a second spell at the club (via Standard).

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