Chelsea legend Pat Nevin appeals for unity and throws his support behind Jose Mourinho

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The former Chelsea player has applauded those fans who still back their struggling manager, and has claimed Mourinho deserves patience.

Chelsea's beleaguered manager Jose Mourinho received some much needed support on Tuesday from a former club legend - on the Blues' official website.

Pat Nevin, who played for the Blues on just shy of 200 occasions during a five-year stint with the club in the 1980s, has applauded supporters for their staunch defence of Mourinho in a lengthy opinion piece.

Despite Chelsea's comprehensive 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, which was made all the worse considering Chelsea took the lead in the match, and his impending one-match stadium ban, Nevin has placed himself squarely in the pro-Mourinho camp.

“Jose is held in such high regard for what he has done here and elsewhere he is given rightful respect and a whole load of patience,” Nevin writes in the column on Chelsea's official website.

“Yes, there was huge disappointment but while working for the BBC it was noticeable that many broadcasters alongside me were surprised by the lack of vitriol, or even just a little anger.

“At most other top clubs there would be fury raining down from the stands from the majority of the fans, irate with the players and indeed the manager after another defeat and such a poor league position. That was not the general feeling at all.”

As well as making clear his own support for Mourinho and applauding those supporters who echo this opinion, Nevin also takes the time to remind supporters that there is 'nothing to be gained by moaning'.

He also looks ahead to Chelsea's next fixture, against Ukrainian outfit Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League on Wednesday, when the Blues will be looking to once again kick-start their 2015/16 campaign at home and abroad.

“Fortunately there is another game tomorrow and as usual it is a huge one,” he adds.

“A win here will most likely lead to a place in the knockout rounds of the Champions League.”

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