Abramovich flies in for Mourinho crisis talks

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Roman Abramovich will fly in to London today to hold crisis talks with Jose Mourinho. The Chelsea owner will listen to his manager's complaints over how the club is run. The hastily-arranged meeting will also be attended by chief executive Peter Kenyon and Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes.

Roman Abramovich will fly in to London today to hold crisis talks with Jose Mourinho. The Chelsea owner will listen to his manager's complaints over how the club is run. The hastily-arranged meeting will also be attended by chief executive Peter Kenyon and Mourinho's agent Jorge Mendes.

Talks started yesterday between Kenyon and Mendes after Mourinho threatened to walk out at the end of the season over the lack of support he has been receiving. Chelsea went some way yesterday to placate Mourinho but it is a sign of how serious the crisis is that Abramovich is now flying in. If needs be, the Russian billionaire has promised to re-structure the club.

Chelsea announced yesterday they will not be appealing against Mourinho's two-match touchline ban imposed by Uefa for bringing the game into disrepute. However, that may yet spark Mourinho into taking his own legal action against European football's governing body, although he approved Chelsea's statement yesterday.

Mourinho last night said he was confident of victory against Bayern Munich in tomorrow's Champions' League quarter-final even though he will be banished to the stands.

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