Charlton boss: We need Mourinho in the Premiership

Pardew said: “I don’t believe he will leave. It’s a crucial season for him to see through but I think he’s doing an excellent job and it will be a big loss to the Premiership if he goes.

“His management of players, characters and egos is excellent. You can see the players buy into it and any successful manager needs people to buy into what he is saying. What he sells is success. He’s put that on the table and his record is second to none. Chelsea would be wise to reassure him, if he needs reassuring, that he’s here for the long term.”