Jose Mourinho to walk into top job soon, believes Chelsea coach after win over Sunderland

Ex-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and Steve Holland (right)

Ex-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and Steve Holland (right)

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Chelsea coach Steve Holland expects former Blues boss Jose Mourinho to be back managing a top club soon.

Mourinho was axed 48-hours before the clash with Sunderland at Stamford Bridge after a dismal defence of their league title.

Diego Costa and Younes Kaboul battle for the ball

Diego Costa and Younes Kaboul battle for the ball

Guus Hiddink will take charge for the rest of the season but Holland was in the dugout to mastermind the 3-1 win over Sunderland, a victory he described as "very important".

Rafael Benitez continues to fight speculation his Real Madrid tenure is under threat, Louis van Gaal is under pressure at Manchester United, while Pep Guardiola should leave Bayern Munich in the summer.

And Holland expects his former boss to walk into a top job, sooner, rather than later.

"He's a guy who needs and wants football," said Holland of Mourinho.

"There will be clubs and big clubs who will want him.

"And he's not in my opinion the sort of guy who's going to spend six, seven, eight months sitting at home doing nothing in particular.

"I think he's a guy who wants football, and needs football.

"I don't know what the circumstances are contractually and all the rest of it.

"My point would be that he'll want to get going again sooner rather than later, and it wouldn't surprise me if very big football clubs are interested in him."

Chelsea backroom stalwart Holland defended Mourinho, insisting the decorated manager still often hides his true self from public exposure.

"Jose has invited me out for a meal next week and our relationship is excellent," said Holland.

"I think he would recognise that I gave him everything. I would also recognise that not only is he an exceptional coach, he's an exceptional person.

"But that's not the guy you see very often. You see the competitor in front of the lens, before and after the football match.

"I've been able to get to know him a bit deeper than that, and he's an exceptional person that it's been a privilege and a pleasure to work with."

Going into the game, Chelsea were 16th, three points and three places above Sunderland but the win lifted them to 15th, four clear of the drop zone.

Branislav Ivanovic, Pedro and Oscar claimed Chelsea's goals as the Blues started life after Mourinho for the second time.

"It was a very important three points for the club," said Holland.

"Our position is very poor, had we lost we would have gone into the bottom three, so it's a very important win.

"I told them whatever their feelings were regarding the situation they had a responsibility to the football club and its supporters all round the world."