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Does Jose Mourinho Suffer From Third Season Syndrome?

October 16, 2015

- Grant Whittington

It’s been a particularly ordinary start for ‘The Special One’ at Chelsea so far this season. The current league champions are facing their worst top-flight start since 1978-79 and their recent 3-1 loss to Southampton in front of their home crowd could have quite as easily have marked the end for the enigmatic manager.

Currently the blues are languishing down in the bottom half of Premier League after an horrendous start to the campaign. In spite of this it does appear that that club is still well behind Mourinho offering as much support as they can for the struggling manager and his underperforming side. It’s clear that the Portuguese manager isn’t turning his back on the club just yet an he is still determined to help turn things back around at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho rejoined Chelsea in a managerial role back in 2013 and during his first season back at the club he managed to drive the team to a third place finish. It was then during his following season in charge where he helped his side not only pick up the league title but also the League Cup when they managed to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Wembley. Now many critics are stating that Mourinho is suffering from third season syndrome and that possibly his success last season came about all too suddenly leaving the club struggling to regain form.

So what exactly is going wrong? According to Mourinho himself it’s not just a simple case of identifying clear cut problems here and there. It is in fact just a case of Chelsea not being able to get results where and when it counts. Of course in typical Mourinho style, he produced another memorable quote dismissing comments regarding “third season syndrome” rather quickly pointing out his history of third season triumphs when in charge of other title winning teams as well as his first stint at Stamford Bridge when he managed to pick up both the FA Cup and Carling Cup as well as reaching the Semi-Final of the Champions League.

Whilst the club is still strongly behind the manager and there still appears to be faith in his appointment, at least behind the scenes, many fans are a little more concerned and so if results continue to evade him an inevitable sacking could well be on the cards. However, if you do fancy the Special One to turn it around be sure to check out our latest football predictions before taking a punt.

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