Chelsea backing under-fire Mourinho

Chelsea have issued a statement, reaffirming their faith in manager Jose Mourinho as results continue to go against the reigning Premier League champions.

A 3-1 loss to Southampton on Saturday, their fourth defeat in eight matches, left the Blues sixteenth in the league table and fuelled rumours Mourinho could be set for a Stamford Bridge exit.

The Portuguese boss responded to rumours of his imminent sacking by telling journalists to "go straight to the players" to see if he is not wanted at the club. "If they tell you they don't trust me, that is the only thing that can make me resign," he said. "The only thing."

Chelsea have now moved to clarify the situation and throw their full support behind the manager, using a statement on their official website to put the matter to bed.

"The club wants to make it clear that Jose continues to have our full support," it 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."