Increasingly paranoid Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho doesn’t like the way football’s going, and doesn’t like the fanfare that surrounded Brendan Rodgers’ sacking and Jurgen Klopp’s appointment at Liverpool.
By the end of the Northern Irishman’s reign the majority of Reds had turned against him after three trophy-less seasons and a poor start to his fourth, but were delighted by the fact double Bundesliga winning manager Klopp replaced him within five days of Rodgers’ dismissal.
But Mourinho believes the excited comments were disrespectful to Rodgers, and believes Liverpool stars promising to now give their all to the German should have been making the same remarks about the former boss.
“You know, I feel sorry that somebody lost his job,” Mourinho began, reported in the Echo.
“And it is quite sad that football in this moment – even in this country – is happy with it.
“I’m not speaking about Jurgen [Klopp], I’ve a good relationship with him and nothing will change that. I’m speaking about the circumstances that made Brendan [Rodgers] lose his job.
“I don’t like people being excited that a new manager is coming. I don’t like a player to say: ‘Now, we are going to give extra to prove to the new manager.’ Give to Brendan! Not to the new manager.
“I don’t like this at all. It’s part of my world I don’t like. My world is changing so much. It’s getting worse.”
Chelsea have endured their worst start to a Premier League season ever, and having won the Premier League at a canter last time out, Mourinho’s side have looked a shadow of themselves in 2015/16. As a result, the controversial Portuguese has been cold, sharp and often rude with the press since the season’s inception – perhaps as a tool to deflect attention from his struggling players.
But in terms of his comments surrounding our player’s efforts and Rodgers – he maybe has a point. They should have been giving everything to Liverpool’s cause regardless of who was in charge, and towards the end of his tenure, they clearly were not.
That said, the Klopp signing has been viewed positive universally, and if he can turn around our fortunes, the Rodgers sacking will be deemed necessary, even if it was cut-throat.