Chelsea legend Frank Lampard believes that Jose Mourinho is still the right man to lead the Blues.
The Stamford Bridge outfit were favourites to retain the Premier League title they won last season, but instead have endured a torrid start to the season which has seen them win just three of their first 11 league matches. In addition, the Blues suffered an early exit from the Capital One Cup and have won only one of their opening three Champions League fixtures.
Under this backdrop, there has been increasing speculation that Mourinho will be removed from his post, with the Portuguese tactician having said that he will not fall on his sword at any point.
However, despite the poor start to the campaign, Lampard has backed Mourinho to turn things around, emphasizing the importance of retaining stability at the club.
"When you look at it, it is crazy [the numbers of managers Chelsea have had in the Roman Abramovich era]. But Chelsea is a unique club. I think there's such a desire to win and a pressure to win. The owner, the board, they have taken the decisions to win, and to be fair to them, as Chelsea people we can't complain," he told Sky Sports.
"We have had a lot of managers, and it might look messy, but we have got a lot of Premier League titles and a Champions League. What has been said recently is they want stability, so that's the interesting thing to see now.
"Stability is the ideal. Manchester United were the ideal with Sir Alex Ferguson and the same with the great Liverpool managers of the past, it's the ideal. You want to see a manager stay, you want to see young players coming through, and that's the intriguing thing to see now, to see if Chelsea stick with him. He's got a four-year contract and he has got the best record as Chelsea manager. He is proven world class, and I think they should stick with him."
There have been suggestions that Chelsea's players have lost faith in Mourinho and lack the desire to fight for him, but Lampard believes that reports that Mourinho has lost the dressing room are not true.
Well, it is nonsense if it is happening – and I don't believe it is," he said. "I don't think players at the top level can down tools. Your first responsibility as a player is to yourself – if you are downing tools, the only one who looks stupid is yourself.
"This is not a great moment, this is not a time to flick the ball around the corner and have great games. This is a time for players to knuckle down and win games, maybe the hard way. These rumours around big players… the problem is when you are having a hard time, these stories become bigger. I don't think those words would have been spoken, but it's not great that they're coming out."
Mourinho has courted controversy this season for his comments to the media and clashes with officials, and was on Monday handed a one-match stadium ban and a fine over his confrontation with the referee in his side's loss to West Ham last month.