Sir Alex Ferguson believes that Jose Mourinho's public rant should be read as a veiled message to club owner Roman Abramovich.
The Blues boss went on a lengthy tirade following their 3-1 loss to Southampton, which left the reigning champions 16th in the Premier League, and the former Manchester United manager is reading between the lines.
"I was studying Jose on that situation when he had his press conference," Ferguson told the Morning Joe show.
"I was wondering whether he wanted the confidence of Roman Abramovich by saying that: ‘look, do you really believe in me? This is your opportunity to believe me'. I think he was putting a challenge out to Roman.
"Because I think at times there is a loneliness about managing a club like Chelsea. I had periods like that at United and you feel you've got to get the support from the people on top of you, the head of the organisation, and I think that's what Jose was doing."
After only picking up eight points from as many matches Mourinho is now more concerned with achieving a top-four finishing than replicating last season's achievements, but Ferguson is confident that the Portuguese tactician can guide the Blues out of their current malaise.
"I will say this, and I know him well, he will find a solution, because that's what good managers do, they find the solution," Ferguson added.
"He'll find the solution because he's a top manager. He's a clever guy, and one thing I always noticed about his teams – they all try for him, you don't have any shirkers in his teams. And that epitomises his way of managing."