When players start making anonymous quotes to the media complaining about the manager, it’s pretty clear the wheels have fallen off. And that’s exactly what appears to be happening over at Stamford Bridge after yet another loss for Chelsea.
According to the Sportsweek, Radio 5 Live presenter Garry Richardson revealed that he spoke with an unnamed Chelsea player who made several stunning revelations. The player allegedly revealed to Richardson that the relationship between Jose Mourinho and his players has “hit rock bottom” and that many are “fed up with his outbursts.”
“Let me tell you what I know on the Chelsea story. My information comes from a Chelsea first team player,” Richardson said.
“The information was actually passed to me by a football contact. I was told that Jose Mourinho’s relationship with many of his players is at rock bottom.
“I was told they’re fed up with the way he’s been dealing with some of them. They’re fed up with his outbursts. I was told that his relationship with Eden Hazard was under immense strain.”
In one of the more stunning quotes from Richardson, a player reportedly said he’d rather lose than win a match for the embattled Mourinho.
“Here’s a staggering quote. One player said recently: ‘I’d rather lose than win for him’.”
Without a name to the quotes though, it is hard to pin down what possible motives the unnamed player might have had for speaking out against Mourinho. However, as it is with many sports franchises around the world, leaks are often a precursor to even worse things.
Chelsea have lost six of their 11 Premier League matches this season – already twice as many as they lost all of last season. The club now sits at 15th on the table, tied for the third most goals allowed in the league, and a full nine points behind West Ham United for fifth place.