Maurizio Sarri's future looks increasingly bleak after Chelsea's humiliating 6-0 defeat by Manchester City on Sunday.
scored a hat-trick and Raheem Sterling
scored a brace in City's devastating victory.
Sportsmail columnists Jamie Redknapp, Martin Keown and Chris Sutton assess the Chelsea manager's future.
He looks a beaten man - Jamie Redknapp
As he disappeared down the tunnel, Maurizio Sarri had the look of a beaten man.
Even against a team of Manchester City's might, Chelsea do not lose 6-0. They do not lose 4-0 to Bournemouth, either, or 2-0 to an Arsenal team beset by defensive issues.
It wasn't that Chelsea gave up at the Etihad or stopped running for their manager. They were simply too predictable.
Every time Chelsea made a mistake, City were lying in wait to punish them.
There is no variation to Sarri's tactics. In a game like this, why wasn't N'Golo Kante asked to play deeper and give Jorginho some support?
The Chelsea hierachy hired Sarri because of his style of play but they must be growing increasingly frustrated by his lack of flexibility.
They will quickly have to decide whether they back Sarri and give him time to implement his philosophy or to say that enough is enough.
If they do make a change, though, who do they bring in? Do Chelsea look at Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and give the job to Gianfranco Zola until the end of the season?
I still believe that Sarri deserves another chance but if this defeat is the final straw, he can have no complaints.
Sarri-ball has burst - Martin Keown
Was this the day that Sarri-ball well and truly burst? Deep down, Maurizio Sarri himself must know it. He could not even bring himself to shake Pep Guardiola's hand.
Earlier in the season his team were breaking records for their passing. Now they are setting records for the wrong reasons.
It is impossible to know which Chelsea will turn up. This group seem to lose interest when there is not a trophy on the line.
With their Premier League hopes gone, they have been blown away by Bournemouth and now Manchester City. Yet the same team showed battling qualities to knock Tottenham out of the Carabao Cup.
What will frustrate Sarri most is that just two months ago Chelsea showed incredible organisation, attention to detail and desire to beat City at Stamford Bridge.
That was absent on Sunday.
He has admitted that these players are difficult to motivate. If he wants to stay in a job, Sarri has to find a way to do so when they host Manchester United in the FA Cup a week today.
This Chelsea team are capable of big performances. They are the Cup holders after all and certainly have the quality in their squad to knock out United.
Even if the players cannot motivate themselves for their manager, surely they can at least play for the badge?
Roman Abramovich is ruthless and has already sacked a Who's Who of European managers.
Sarri knows the rules. He has seven days to turn this around.
How can he survive? - Chris Sutton
Roman Abramovich has previous when it comes to sacking a manager midway through a season.
Saturday marked 10 years since he dispensed with Luiz Felipe Scolari just six months into the Brazilian's tenure. Scolari left the club with Chelsea in fourth place, seven points off the top.
Sunday's hammering at Manchester City left Maurizio Sarri's side 15 points adrift of the league leaders in sixth place having suffered their biggest defeat for 28 years.
Given how ruthless Abramovich has been with his managers, I cannot see how Sarri survives.
After his delayed arrival at Stamford Bridge, Sarri said he expected his side to get better in the second half of the season. The opposite has been true with Chelsea regressing rapidly after a promising start.
He admitted after the Arsenal defeat that his players are difficult to motivate, but since that outburst Chelsea have lost 4-0 at Bournemouth and now 6-0 at City. Most astonishing was his admission at the end of last month that Eden Hazard — Chelsea's star player — is free to leave the club if he wants. What message does that send to the rest of the group and the fans?
There is plenty to play for with Chelsea still in the FA Cup, Europa League and another meeting with City in the Carabao Cup final. Abramovich may feel he has to act now to salvage Chelsea's season.