Arsene Wenger comments on Jose Mourinho’s sacking by Chelsea
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had this to say in the wake of Jose Mourinho's sacking by Chelsea last week
Arsene Wenger has described Jose Mourinho’s sacking by Chelsea as “sad” after the Portuguese coach was given his marching orders last week.
Mourinho was dismissed on Thursday just seven months after leading the Blues to the Premier League title as a disastrous start to the campaign left the west London side languishing in 16th place in the table.
I do not want anybody to lose his job
Wenger and Mourinho have shared a frosty relationship in recent seasons, with the former Chelsea boss famously branding Wenger a “specialist in failure” at a news conference last year.
However, the Arsenal manager says that he is always sorry to see any manager lose their job.
Speaking at a news conference at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground on Wednesday morning, Wenger said: “Look, I think a lot has been made of that and there’s no need to add anything.
“I do not want anybody to lose his job, [they are] my personal feelings on that front. I think it’s always sad when people lose their job.”
Wenger also criticised the speculation linking Mourinho with the Manchester United job as the pressure continues to mount on Louis van Gaal.
He continued: “I do not want to go into a world of speculation.
“I personally have huge respect for Louis van Gaal and I think what’s going on there is disrespectful.
“This guy has worked for 30 years in football and delivered an unbelievable quality of work and I think it’s a bit disrespectful what is going on there.”
Wenger’s Arsenal travel to Southampton in the Premier League on Boxing Day.