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Summary

  1. Chelsea board meet to discuss Mourinho's future
  2. Mourinho special on 5 live discussed manager's future
  3. Should he stay, or go? Use #bbcsportsday on Twitter

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By Patrick Jennings and Jack Skelton

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What's next for Mourinho and Chelsea? It's got all the hallmarks of a Shakespearean classic. King Lear? Or Much Ado About Nothing?

For now though, Sportsday is wrapping up.

Thanks for all your comments. We''ll be back with another edition, tomorrow morning from 08:00 GMT.

Until then, we'll be seeing you!

Mourinho: Stay or go?

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Is this just a fallow year? A blip in the upward trend? Or has Mourinho at Chelsea simply run its course?    

Josh Finlay: Realistically, he has to go. I don't think Chelsea would be in this position if it wasn't for mourinho's poor attitude towards the game. He's the one demoralising the players.

Chris: Mourinho should definitely stay, I think this season will live long in the memory as being full of surprises, normality will resume next year. 

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'The disease of winning'

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Joey Barton

Burnley midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

"It's difficult to know why the likes of Nemanja Matic, Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard haven't reached the heights of last season this year.

"The great American basketball coach Pat Riley talked about the "disease of more", where success leads to disaster.

"Everyone has got a limit and who knows if these Chelsea players have now reached theirs?

"The question is: How does Mourinho inspire that hunger again now?"

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The votes are in...

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Earlier on we asked you to vote on whether Chelsea should sack Jose Mourinho as manager, or not. 

The votes are in, the people have spoken... You can breathe easy, Jose. Here are the results:

Sack him, he’s lost the plot 29%

Hold on to see if they hammer Sunderland 8%

Be patient… decide at the end of the season 44%

You can’t sack Jose Mourinho 18%

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Has Mourinho brought in his players?

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Pat Nevin

Former Chelsea winger on BBC Radio 5 live

"I didn't think they were that good last year, Chelsea. Even though they won the league. 

"The first part of the season they were good, but other than that they were well drilled and hard to beat - but they weren't great. 

"I wonder whether Mourinho has made the changes he wanted? Look at the great Liverpool sides of the past, they strengthened from a position of strength. If Frank Lampard had been on the pitch I think they'd be about sixth now."

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Was this man holding Chelsea together?

Mourinho: Who could replace him?

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Nigel Pearson is certainly one of the more 'out there' ideas, Matt...

Would you have Carlo Ancelotti back Chelsea fans? Diego Simeone? Or erm... Juande Ramos?..

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Remember the former Tottenham manager? Would that be a problem?

Mourinho: Stay or go?

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Is this just a fallow year? A blip in the upward trend? Or has Mourinho at Chelsea simply run its course?  

Matt, Yorkshire: I find it interesting that everyone mentions that Mourinho 'has never been in this position before' as if that's some sort of proof he'll be able to get out of it. Surely it's the complete opposite? What Chelsea need is someone who's brought a team back from the dead and turned them into potential title winners. Anyone at Chelsea have Nigel Pearson's number?

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'This dip in form is unheard of'

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Joey Barton

Burnley midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

"There are a lot of noises coming out of Chelsea, which is uncharted waters for them and Mourinho won't be best pleased about that.

"We're talking about the reigning champions though so they've obviously got enough character in the building but something is clearly off now.

"The players have all had a dip in form at the same time, which is almost unheard of in the same title-winning side."

Mourinho: How do the players feel?

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You really do have to wonder what the Chelsea players make of all this - especially the betrayal comments. 

Yesterday, Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas had this to say: 

"If you are a big player and paid like a big player, you must play like a big player and behave like a big player.

"I am not saying you can't have a bad season and bad games but the attitude must be spot on.

"We must always be at the top of our games and the behaviour has to be better than what we are seeing right now from every single Chelsea player."

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Mourinho: Stay or go?

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Is this just a fallow year? A blip in the upward trend? Or has Mourinho at Chelsea simply run its course?

Kieren: I just can't see him lasting till the end of the season because it seems as if he has lost belief in the players. They need fresh faces, it is pretty much the same team playing every week, it's either a change of manager or a shape up in the team.    

James, Leicester fan: Drawing no real comparisons between the clubs but Leicester overcame adversity last season and look at them now. Chelsea, with Mourinho at the helm, could clear up next season because of this. Keep the faith.     

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'Hazard's injury was very strange'

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Joey Barton

Burnley midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

"I found Eden Hazard's injury very strange - I'm not questioning him at all as it's his body. But the interaction between him and Mourinho was very interesting.

"That was a key moment in the game - were Mourinho's comments after so barbed because of that?"

Eden Hazard goes off injured at Leicester
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Mourinho: A penny for your thoughts

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It really would be intriguing to know who (if anyone) Mourinho had in mind when talking about how he had been "betrayed".

Was it just somebody tracking the wrong player at a corner? Or does it go deeper than that?

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Getting into Mourinho's head would probably be like trying to hang on in a rodeo...

Mourinho: Stay or go?

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Is this just a fallow year? A blip in the upward trend? Or has Mourinho at Chelsea simply run its course?      

The problem is he plays the same tactics everywhere he's been. Teams have learnt how to beat him. Mourinho should go. #bbcsportsday

Jose needs to do what Fergie did, rebuild & rebuild. He needs the backing of everyone there to do that. We all know he can. #bbcsportsday

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'Or is this another masterstroke?'

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Joey Barton

Burnley midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

"Semantics can be really difficult here - has Mourinho directly accused anyone of betrayal?

"If he did then there is no way back - he tends to build an incredible bond with players and backs them to the hilt in the media.

"But is this another one of his masterstrokes? Is he deflecting away from the result and the run of form they're on?"

'Did Mourinho hit the nuclear button?'

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Pat Nevin

Former Chelsea winger on BBC Radio 5 live

"That word betrayal jumped out at everyone. The jump from let down, to betrayal is simple. Let down is your players didn't mean to put in a bad performance. Betrayal - that means they meant it. 

"That is a really extreme option. I would love to ask him if he meant that, because if he did, who was it aimed at?

"I wonder if he is aware how strong that word is. Because if he is, it was a nuclear option."

Mourinho: Was it betrayal?

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Listening to Mourinho himself doesn't cast too much light on what is going wrong.

"One of my best qualities is to read the game for my players and I feel likemy work was betrayed," he said after Monday's defeat by Leicester.

"One possibility is that I did an amazing job last season and brought the players to a level that is not their level and now they can't maintain it.

"We can't finish top four, but we can still finish top six because so many teams are dropping points," he said.

"At the moment, we are in a zone where I feel ashamed."

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Mourinho: Stay or go?

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Is this just a fallow year? A blip in the upward trend? Or has Mourinho at Chelsea simply run its course?      

Tom, Sheffield: I want him to stay just because I'm intrigued to see how long this 'slump' can last.I don't dislike Chelsea as such, but there is nothing greater than seeing a once mighty team fall to its knees whilst a team which barely survived the season before plays there way to the top. Let him stay just so this story can go on, because for me I can't see him turning it around, and as cruel as that may be, I think that's fantastic.

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'Mourinho is still one of the world's best'

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Joey Barton

Burnley midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

"I can't believe I'm saying this but I do feel sorry for him...  

"Mourinho looks like a man on the edge but results haven't gone his way this year and there are issues with Eden Hazard and Diego Costa, his star players last year.

"If you look at the Leicester game, if Branislav Ivanovic knocks it in at the back post and Diego Costa scores the one-on-one then Chelsea come through that acid test and we're talking about Mourinho staying on.

"He's a victim of his success but he's still one of the top three managers in the world - and there's not an abundance of people out there who could replace him."

'It builds up and it ebbs away...'

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Pat Nevin

Former Chelsea winger on BBC Radio 5 live

"I would agree the manager's future has been in doubt for months, 100%. But that doesn't mean he will go.  

"It builds up every time and then it ebbs away, he's not going to go." 

Mourinho believes. Does Roman?

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To listen to him, Mourinho certainly believes he is the right man to steer the Blues back on course. 

"The only thing I can say is that I want to be the manager," Mourinho said after Monday's 2-1 defeat by Leicester. 

"I have no doubts and I think you know me well enough to know that I am not afraid of a big challenge and in this moment it is a really big challenge.

"I want to stay and I hope Mr Roman Abramovich and the board want me to stay because I want to stay."

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The really key question is: Does Abramovich believe, too? Answers on postcard on that one...