Gary Neville issues Jose Mourinho warning over ‘ordinary’ Chelsea
Manchester United legend Gary Neville says Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho needs to be statesman-like
Gary Neville has warned Jose Mourinho that the Chelsea manager needs to bring an end to the bad headlines.
The 52-year-old found himself in trouble with the officials at Upton Park on Saturday evening after the Blues manager was sent to the stands at half-time of their 2-1 loss to West Ham United.
The trust we had in them has gone and they look like an ordinary team, when they are not an ordinary team, they are a fantastic side who won the league a few months ago
Mourinho was already fined £50,000 and given a suspended stadium ban after the Portuguse criticised referee Robert Madley following a 3-1 defeat by Southampton earlier this month.
Chelsea have slumped to their worst start to a top-flight campaign since 1978 after suffering their sixth defeat in 10 Premier League games following Andy Carroll’s winner.
Former Manchester United defender Neville urged Mourinho to concentrate on improving his “ordinary” Chelsea side.
“The snowball started rolling down the hill two or three months ago, even as far back as the Charity Shield defeat,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“Then there was the (Eva Carneiro) doctor situation, the ill-discipline, not doing press conferences, somehow it’s almost as if the players have lost belief and confidence.
“Mourinho is a fantastic manager – one of the best in the world – and I have an enormous amount of time and respect for him, but the bad headlines need to stop quickly.
“The trust we had in them has gone and they look like an ordinary team, when they are not an ordinary team, they are a fantastic side who won the league a few months ago.”
Neville added that Mourinho needs to take the lead off the pitch and end the crisis at Chelsea.
“He has got to pull it round, he’s got to intervene and do something,” Neville added. “He’s been one of the best managers over the past 10-12 years in terms of intervening in football matches, now he’s got to intervene off the pitch.
“He’s got to be statesman-like, he’s got to take the lead.”
The defending Premier League champions are in 15th place and 11 points behind leaders Manchester City ahead of the visit of Liverpool next weekend.
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