Jose Mourinho, manager of English Soccer club Chelsea, has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association (FA) over his abusive language and rude behavior during his team’s 2-1 loss to West Ham United.
During Saturday’s Premier League match, Mourinho was sent to the stands for invading referee John Moss’ room during half-time. Mourinho, nicknamed ‘The Special One’, watched almost all of the second half from the directors’ box at Upton Park. After leaving the stadium shortly after Andy Carroll headed home West Ham’s winner, Mourinho failed to fulfil his post-match press obligations.
Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey wants Mourinho to apologize after his recent outbursts. “I’ve known him a long time and he wears his heart on his sleeve,” Halsey told BBC Sport on Monday. “But sometimes you have to take a step back and think about what you are saying. When you are criticizing the referee and his integrity then we can’t do that. Sometimes it would be good to see Jose be honest and come out and apologize for what he says to referees,” added Halsey.
Mirror Sport reported Monday that “Chelsea’s senior players are braced for Mourinho’s departure – with many believing it is a case of ‘when not if’ their manager is axed.”
Mourinho’s potential sacking was also reported by ESPN FC. According to the report, Mourinho’s camp has already started making contingency plans in case he is sacked by Chelsea. The Portuguese manager’s representatives are considering a possible move to Paris Saint-Germain or a return to Inter Milan.
If Chelsea lose to Liverpool this Saturday, it could prove to be the end of the road for Mourinho in Stamford Bridge. Remember, Mourinho has won three Premier League titles in two stints with The Blues.