Jose Mourinho faces further scrutiny from the Football Association and may have tested Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s patience with Saturday’s 2-1 loss at West Ham.
Chelsea have now lost half of their opening 10 fixtures in defence of the title they won in May after a first-half implosion at Upton Park, when Mourinho was sent to the stands at half-time.
Mourinho, who is appealing against a £50,000 fine and suspended one-match stadium ban for comments made about officials following the October 3 loss to Southampton, can expect further disciplinary action.
The Blues issued the first managerial vote of confidence in Abramovich’s 12-year ownership in the wake of the Southampton defeat and there is no sign of a dramatic change of heart – yet.
The 52-year-old Portuguese faces a fierce test of his credentials in the next 10 days, with Chelsea travelling to Stoke at the start of the defence of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.