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Published: 14:47 | 16/12/15

Ferguson backs Mourinho to come good


Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to turn things around sooner rather than later.

Chelsea have struggled since the start of the season with the reigning Premier League champions currently 14th in the table, just two points above the relegation zone.

Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth was the latest in a series of poor results, leading to further questions about Mourinho's future at Stamford Bridge.

Ferguson, however, is in no doubt that Mourinho will come through the current struggles and deliver success to the Blues.

"I have been watching Jose recently and spoken to him a couple of times, and this is the first time he has been confronted with non-success," Ferguson said at the TechCrunch Disrupt London event.

"If you look at his whole career there has been nothing but a rise all of the time so for the first time in his life he has had to deal with bad publicity, adversity and that is a challenge for him, but there are signs he is getting back to a balanced level although they lost on Saturday.

"I watched the match on Saturday and they could have won by a few goals, but they lost and then he has still has to face that sort of negative publicity and it is never easy for a manager in present-day football because the media attention is huge.

"Football today is such a big financial industry, the television deal is (worth) billions, there is the press involvement, there is pressure from their own fans, it is a very high risk industry today.

"The sort of average time a manager lasts now is a year throughout the whole country and that is not a big time.

"For Jose, I think all good leaders will eventually find a solution I think he will find a solution and get back to normal, but it is not looking great at the moment.

"But I know the guy and I know the work he has done in football and I can't see it lasting long, I can't see it."

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