Scolari on borrowed time?

By Paul Lagan
Last updated : 13 January 2009
Poor Luiz Felipe Scolari.
It would appear that he now has just weeks to save his job and Jose Mourinho is in the frame to replace him and make a return to the Bridge.
The ruthless and demanding Chelsea senior management team are on the verge of ditching the World Cup winning manager if reports are accurate.
Scolari admitted that Chelsea will not be in contention for the League or Champions League this season if they continue to play they way they did on Sunday.
The 3-0 humiliation to rivals Manchester United demonstrated that this team is on the verge of collapse.
With Arsenal and Aston Villa building momentum in the league, Chelsea could soon be vying for the coveted fourth spot in the league to retain Champions League status next season.
They will be overtaken and fall to third when United defeat Wigan tomorrow.
Scolari's latest changing room rumpus, this time with Nicolas Anelka is on the back of suggestions that Joe Cole and Didier Drogba have fallen out with the Brazilian.
The English contingent of John Terry. Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole are reported to be less than happy with training regime.
All this suggests that player power is rearing it's ugly head again.
Can Scolari survive?
The bottom line is that players are more valuable assets than managers and like Jose Mourinho before, player power will win out.
Chelsea could be out of title contention before they entertain Juventus on February 25.
By this time Chelsea will be setting up a shortlist of men to replace Scolari.
Who is on the list?
Incredibly Mourinho tops the list of some of the main movers within Stamford Bridge.
While some of Roman Abramovich's advisors would pull their hair out when they see his name on the list, others close to Abramovich are treading carefully.
Mourinho will see it as unfinished business and has the confidence and the ability to return the Blues to the top of the domestic tree and advance their cause in the Champions League.
It's understood that Mourinho has told confidants at SW6 that he is unhappy in Italy with Inter Milan and would seriously consider a return to London.
Chelsea have a rare opportunity to demonstrate humility and acute footballing nous to reappoint Mourinho.
Does Abramovich have the guts to give Chelsea's senior management team the okay to open negotiations?
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