The Guardian today reports that the Special One still casts a shadow over Stamford Bridge as it seems that he played a part in new West Ham gaffer Gianfranco Zola’s decision to make a move for Chelsea assistant Steve Clarke.
This is news that will royally annoy the Stamford Bridge club:
Chelsea’s determination to prevent their assistant first-team coach, Steve Clarke, from joining West Ham is likely to be strengthened after if emerged that Jose Mourinho had recommended the Scot to Gianfranco Zola, the new manager at Upton Park.
Mourinho and Clarke enjoyed a fruitful partnership during their three years at Stamford Bridge and the Portuguese has told Zola to make Clarke’s appointment as his assistant a priority. Zola and Mourinho spoke on the phone shortly after the Italian was confirmed as Alan Curbishley’s replacement on Thursday. (Guardian)
This adds yet another element to the testy relationship between West Ham and Chelsea. Although the Kings Road club have conceded that Clarke can leave (after initially rejecting his resignation) they want 5million quid for him in compensation, something West Ham are ready to dispute…