Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo is reportedly under pressure following the nightmare start to the season at Stamford Bridge.
The 50-year-old, who has worked in both the scouring and coaching departments at the Premier League champions, is believed to be feeling the heat after a flurry of high-profile flops.
Chelsea missed out on top target John Stones in the summer, with under-fire manager Jose Mourinho made to settle for £2million signing Papy Djilobodji instead.
The Blues have also been forced to offload several misfiring stars after sorry spells at the west London club.
Filipe Luis was flogged back to Atletico Madrid , while Mo Salah and Juan Cuadrado were both shipped out on loan to Serie A sides Roma and Juventus respectively.
Mourinho is fighting for his job after a disastrous run of results, and the Sun claim former Nigerian international Emenalo is also in the firing line.
Meanwhile, the Special One is fuming at the League Managers’ Association over their lack of public support for him this season.
He is understood to be ready to scale down his backing for the organisation that named him their Premier League Manager of the Year six months ago .
Mourinho is particularly upset and angry at their failure to speak out over the stadium ban last weekend and the suspended one from the FA that he feels were unjustified.
He also feels that apart from issuing statements when managers are sacked, the LMA do little publicly to help their members and have left him this season to fight his battles alone.
Mourinho has been a long-time supporter of the organisation during his time in English football.
Ten years ago, then-LMA vice-chairman Frank Clark backed him after his ejection from the League Cup Final, following the finger-on-lips gesture deemed to have enraged Liverpool fans.
This season, however, the LMA have made no comments throughout Mourinho’s run-ins with the Football Association .
Mourinho has already made it clear that he feels there is one rule for him and another for rivals bosses in the Premier League as far as the FA are concerned.
The only other Premier League manager to have had a stadium ban was Alan Pardew for headbutting Hull midfielder David Meyler in March 2014. No other manager has had a stadium ban for talking about – or remonstrating with – referees.
Mourinho also feels his stadium ban sets “a precedent” and is now ready to monitor the FA over the remainder of the season to see whether they act on other managers’ comments in the same way.
The Portuguese was force to watch his side’s defeat at Stoke – the champions’ seventh of the season – from the team hotel after being hit with an instant stadium ban for his half-time actions towards the referee during the loss at West Ham.
The Special One still has a suspended stadium ban hanging over him from his comments after Chelsea’s defeat at home to Southampton. At the time he suggested officials were “afraid” of giving decisions in favour of his team.
He has appealed that punishment and has managed to get the £50,000 fine dished out at the time reduced. But the suspended stadium ban still stands and will be activated if Mourinho speaks negatively about referees again within the next 12 months.
Chelsea have been fined £50,000 for failing to control their players during last month’s Premier League clash at Upton Park.
West Ham were also hit with a £40,000 fine and both clubs were severely warned as to their future conduct.