Chelsea’s top brass will have a meeting TODAY to decide on the future of Jose Mourinho, according to the Daily Mail.

But the Blues face the possibility of paying £40million to Mourinho in order to sack him from his long-term mega-money deal at Stamford Bridge.

An emergency board meeting has reportedly been called between directors in which they will discuss the club’s woeful current Premier League positon.

The team currently sit just one point outside of the relegation zone heading into a busy Christmas period.

Roman Abramovich, Bruce Buck, Marina Granovskaia, Eugene Tenenbaum and Michael Emenalo will all reportedly be involved in the crunch talks on Wednesday.

And it is thought that buying Mourinho out of his four-year, £250,000-a-week deal is the only thing stopping them from sacking their iconic boss.

Roman Abramovich will not allow Jose Mourinho to spend his millions should he keep his job into January, according to the Daily Star.

The billionaire Blues owner has been happy to splash the cash on new players in the past but is reportedly not looking to spend big this winter – despite the club’s current league position.

That would mean that Mourinho would have to turn around Chelsea’s fortunes by working with his current players.

It comes despite Chelsea’s clear need for a new defender, an all-action midfielder and a goalscorer to help ease their woes in front of goal.

Jose Mourinho remains in charge of Chelsea training on Wednesday but the board fear that he has lost the dressing room, according to The Times .

The players are returning to training for the first time since they lost to Leicester on Monday night, sending them 20 points off the league leaders.

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But nobody at the club will confirm whether Mourinho will be in charge of the relegation clash with Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The club are already believed to be making contingency plans to cope with his exit, should they decide to sack him.

Lack of replacements keeping Mourinho in his job?

Who’s next: Some of Chelsea’s targets are not available until the end of the season

Chelsea are drawing up emergency plans for Jose Mourinho’s exit as their top targets are not available, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The Portuguese boss’ exit would leave the Blues looking for a new world class manager, but their intended replacements would not be available until next summer.

Pep Guardiola, Diego Simeone and Antonio Conte would definitely not replace Mourinho should he leave.

Ronald Koeman and Unai Emery’s names have also been touted – but a lack of an obvious replacement is reportedly keeping Mourinho in his job for now.

Carlo Ancelotti and Guus Hiddink have both said that they would not like to take on a new role in the middle of the season.

Jose Mourinho has told his players he should have sold some of them in the summer,writes Mirror Football’s Adrian Kajumba.

And the Chelsea boss is now facing a battle to keep his stars onside after pointing the finger of blame at them publicly too, claiming they “betrayed” him in Monday’sdefeat at Leicester .

Mourinho is staying in his role – for now – despite his reigning Premier League champions’ season plummeting to a new low.

The Leicester loss, their ninth in 16 league games, left them just a point above the RELEGATION zone and Mourinho under huge pressure.

The 52-year-old believes a top four finish this season – and Champions League qualification – is already beyond his side with 22 matches still to play, a confession that has caused alarm among the Blues board, along with Chelsea’s dreadful domestic form.

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A lack of available top-level alternatives has helped keep Mourinho in the job when his future has been discussed by the top brass.

Chelsea’s players are fed up with Jose Mourinho after his ‘betrayal’ jibe, according to The Sun .

It has been reported that the Blues’ players are not happy with his accusations following the loss to Leicester on Monday night.

The players are not united as one any longer, with some individuals allegedly unhappy that some players are getting away with misdemenours.

Diego Costa threw his bib in the direction of Mourinho and received no punishment after he was not brought on from the bench during Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Tottenham.

Others are frustrated with the performances of Cesc Fabregas, who has failed to show anything near his best form this season.

Cesc Fabregas says it is time for Chelsea ‘s players to stand up and be counted as their Premier League woes continue, writes Mirror Football’s Aaron Flanagan.

Defeat to Leicester on Monday night leaves Jose Mourinho ‘s men just one point above the relegation zone – just over six months after winning the title.

But while Mourinho is the one who has been receiving the brunt of the criticism,midfielder Fabregas does not believe the manager is to blame.

Fabregas insists that some members of the squad are not performing to their required standard.

Speaking at a Facebook London event, he said: “We will all have to take responsibility.

“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.

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“I am not saying you can’t have a bad season and bad games. We all have big players and small players, but the attitude must be spot on.

“We must always be at the top of our games, even when it’s not and not the behaviour that we are seeing right now from every Chelsea player.”

Slumping Chelsea stars must start showing “pride” in the shirt, says Arsenal legend Thierry Henry , writes Mirror Football’s Aaron Flanagan.

Henry, one of the greatest strikers in Premier League history, says that criticism of manager Jose Mourinho should equally go to the players.

He agrees with comments made by Blues midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who insists that the players are to blame for the recent slump.

He said: “For me, Chelsea having a bad season is finishing fifth . But they have lost nine games so far. Nine games. I never thought I would be saying that and we are not even half way through the season. I just don’t get it.”

Henry continued: “It seems like it’s difficult for them and yes, you can have a go at the boss, but I also think you can have a massive go at the players at the moment.

“Both of them are in a situation that I don’t know what it is like because I’ve never been in that situation like that.

“Cesc said it, we had bad seasons at Arsenal, but we managed to finish high up. But I think it is time for the players to be professional about it — where is your pride?”

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