Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jose's Staff to Stay on as Peace Breaks Out

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jose's Staff to Stay on as Peace Breaks Out

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STEVE CLARKE and the rest of Jose Mourinho's coaching staff are all set to be offered new contracts in another sign that the icy relationship between the Chelsea manager and owner Roman Abramovich may be thawing.

Mourinho, who was told by chief executive Peter Kenyon last week that he would not be sacked, previously threatened to quit if Clarke was axed.

The Scot, who played 407 games for Chelsea, earns a tiny sum in comparison to his Portuguese boss and the lavishly paid first-team squad.

But he isexpected to be offered slightly more than the [pounds sterling]300,000 a year he currently earns, with the club also extending the agreements they have with first-team coach Baltemar Brito, fitness coach Rui Faria, goalkeeper coach Silvinho Louro and scout Andre Villas.

Mourinho, it seems, has now also given his blessing to the impending arrival of Portsmouth's director of football Avram Grant, which may help to explain why Clarke and the rest of the coaching staff will be staying on at Stamford Bridge.

Abramovich originally wanted Grant, the former Israel coach, to work specifically with Andriy Shevchenko, but he will now be given a much wider brief.

Mourinho's attention turns back to the Premiership tomorrow as both Chelsea and Manchester United kick-off at the same time (12.45pm) for live Sky coverage.

Bolton travel to the Bridge while Sir Alex Ferguson's leaders have a trickier match at Everton, who are still hoping to secure a European place next season.

With Tuesday's Champions League trip to Anfield in mind, Mourinho is set to rest Didier Drogba tomorrow while Michael Ballack's ankle injury will keep him out again.

Wayne Bridge is pushing Ashley Cole for the left-back spot and John Terry will play his 16th game in less than three months after back surgery and a calf problem.

The captain insists Mourinho should take credit for the way they fight fatigue.

Terry said: "Our stamina is very much a reflection of the manager. …

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