Mourinho’s chagrin with Carneiro: An Incident that He could be Left to Rue

The tale of Jose Mourinho would be a good idea for a novel; the man who went from working as an interpreter and a coach to being an all-conquering manager who leaves a trail of success wherever he goes, only to be haunted with the paranoia and insecurities that grow with every trophy won.

The man who simply could not enjoy his yield because he is anguished by the smallest details that aren’t to his liking.


Incident with Carneiro

The latest odd and unnecessary incident to exasperate Mourinho is the decision of his first-team doctor, Eva Carneiro, to tend to Eden Hazard as he laid on the pitch seemingly injured after being fouled by Ashley Williams in the dying embers of the opening day 2-2 draw with Swansea.

Carneiro’s intervention meant Hazard had to leave the pitch, earning Mourinho’s chagrin because it left his team two players short, with Thibaut Courtois already dismissed, and apparently prone to Swansea’s counter-attack as his side prepared a set-piece.


Master of the diversionary tactic

Mourinho is the master of the diversionary tactic in the event of a disappointing result but it quickly became clear this was no such thing. Carneiro has now been demoted, or at least believed to be taking on a role that revolves more around the training pitch and not involving match-days or training sessions.

This is far from the first time Mourinho has raised eyebrows and for somebody seemingly so comfortable in his skin, as much a guarantor of silverware as any other coach, it is bizarre. His charge sheet includes a rebellion against Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos at Real Madrid, the running obsession with Arsene Wenger and Rafael Benitez, and the claims that referees were running a “campaign” against his Chelsea side last season.

“Pathetic and insecure” was the opinion of Massimiliano Allegri, now in charge of Juventus, when he managed Milan in 2011. “I think he is very talented but his arrogance hides insecurity” said Allegri, an assessment that continues to resonate.


Trivial alienation of a respected physio

Now it is the alienation of Carneiro for something so trivial and innocuous, discarding the four years’ of service the Gibraltar-born doctor and her significant role in the Premier League and League Cup double of last term in a ruthless act of reorganisation.

The work of Carneiro and her colleagues in keeping a small core of players consistently fit as they charged to the title meant little to a vexed Mourinho.

“Even if you are a kit man, doctor or secretary on the bench, you have to understand the game” he said.

Expect Carneiro to now be in demand from a host of other clubs as even if she doesn’t “understand the game”, a preposterous claim given her eight years spent in the sport and the story of how she fell in love with the game watching the 1998 World Cup in Mexico, she understands sport medicine and her work at Chelsea under Mourinho can’t be understated.

The ageing bones of John Terry managed every Premier League game of last season and so did Hazard, who concluded the campaign as the league’s most fouled player.

The league was won using just 21 players and nine of them finished the campaign having made 25 appearances, Mourinho being permitted to keep faith with his regulars throughout and able to avoid altering the spine of his side.

That was one of the underlying factors behind Mourinho’s third title defence and one that now he could face losing if Carneiro is lured away.


A Costly Error


Having built a healthy respect from Chelsea’s players and now highly-thought of inside Stamford Bridge, Mourinho may discover he has made a costly error by proportioning blame so harshly on his doctor.

Of course, his past record more than suggests that the Portuguese knows what he is doing and the downfall of Carneiro is the perfect way of deflecting attention away from his players as they prepare for the tough assignment at Manchester City on the second weekend of the season.

Gone are the questions of Courtois’ absence, the lacklustre displays of Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas and the fitness troubles of Diego Costa, swept under a convenient blanket that concerns the future of a team doctor.


No one knows what’s behind Mou’s rationale

With little official coming out of the club or Mourinho, just Carneiro’s message of thanks to Chelsea’s fans for their support, the methods behind the manager’s thinking remain to be discovered, whether his doctor is merely being sacrificed to keep media scrutiny away from his team or whether he does truly believe she is expendable.

If it is the latter, then Chelsea may rue their manager’s angst again manifesting itself over the most inconsequential of episodes.


Written by Adam Gray

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Jonathan de Guzman: Former Swans star and journeyman on his way to Marseille

Things at Marseille have gone from bad to worse. The club has lost the core of players that helped the club mount a title challenge for large parts of last season. And now, things have gone further downhill as Marcelo Bielsa suddenly and surprisingly decided to leave the club.

The losses of Dimitri Payet, Andre Ayew, Gianelli Imbula and Andre-Pierre Gignac all at once is not something any club can deal with, but Marseille do have players that could eventually fill their void. Abdelaziz Barrada would be the replacement for Payet and would hope to make a big mark in his second season at the club.

Florian Thauvin’s talent is absolutely undeniable but he would have to work considerably and make the left flank his own. Michy Batshuayi showed his capabilities last season, albeit in flashes, and will look to carry on from there and ensure Gignac’s void is not felt.

The likes of Mendy, Thauvin, Lemina and Michy are absolutely incredibly talented but the side needs more experienced men to provide a vital leadership role. With N’Koulou also seeking to move away from Velodrome, the need for this is even greater.

Therefore, the arrival of Jonathan de Guzmán could prove to be very important. A fee is believed to have been agreed between Napoli and Marseille. Bielsa in fact called Rafael Benitez on Saturday to ask for the Real Madrid manager’s opinion on the player, just hours before announcing his resignation, according to RMC.

Born in Canada to a Filipino father and a Jamaican mother, de Guzman started his career at Feyenoord as he slowly made his way up the ranks. His older brother Julien was in fact in the youth ranks of Marseille at a time. Jonathan was not given permission to play for Feyenoord’s first team before he was 18 years old. So just three days after turning 18, De Guzmán was part of Feyenoord’s first team squad for the first time.

After making over 100 appearances for the Dutch side, the player joined Mallorca on a free transfer in 2010. After just one season with the club, he switched to Villarreal. De Guzmán couldn’t feature regularly for the side after José Francisco Molina was hired in early 2012. In July 2012, he joined Swansea City on a year-long loan where he reunited with manager Michael Laudrup.

After a successful first season with the Swans, he extended his loan to another year. The player enjoyed a successful stint in the Premier League with the Welsh outfit. Last year, he completed a move to Napoli where he made 23 league appearances.

Jonathan de Guzman is a very good footballer who unfortunately couldn’t stay at one club for long after Feyenoord. At Swansea, he perhaps enjoyed his most consistent football and would hope Marseille turns out to a similar situation.

De Guzman is an attacking midfielder who likes to play in the middle. He can direct the operation, and support the attack. He’s a great passer of the ball, is considered a ‘set-piece expert’ and basically a creative player who can control proceedings from the centre of the pitch.

Marseille are young, dynamic side with immense potential. De Guzman can add another dimension to the side. He would prove to be an astute addition for the French side that desperately need quality.

He is 27 so he still has plenty of top level football left in him. He comes with a lot of experience and would definitely help the younger players.


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Premier League: How can the league attract new fans worldwide

In order to effectively communicate with fans and build a larger fan base, Premier League teams can utilise the internet and social media. Social media allows fans to interact with teams and individual players and learn more about them. Engaging fans using social media offers teams the opportunity to offer greater reach and direct engagement.

An example of a foreign team making full use of digital marketing is Barcelona, which is the biggest football team on social media and has the most followers.

They worked with a marketing company to make effective use of social media marketing.


Creating fan engagement in the modern sports world

In the past, many fans felt like their sporting heroes had lost touch with their fans in many sporting areas, especially football. As venues have become increasingly huge, it is difficult for fans to see their football idols.

Social networking allows fans to interact with their football heroes, see their Instagram pictures, read and respond to their tweets and feel much more involved in their football team.


How other sports are using digital methods to reach out to their fans

One sport that has fully embraced the use of social media and internet interaction is Formula 1. Using the internet and interactive TV, Formula 1 fans can ‘virtually’ sit in the cockpit of a Formula 1 car of their choice, view which gear the driver is using, how fast each person is driving and much more.

Other sporting events such as Wimbledon made full use of social media using Twitter, Instagram and their own website, while also inviting famous people with large fan bases to the event.


How can social media interaction be improved?

Some of the larger premiere stadiums such as Anfield and Etihad Stadium offer Wi-Fi to their fans so that they can be more interactive on social media during the game.

This also allows fans to make commercial purchases or upgrade their seats from the venue itself. The use of digital communication still has a way to go, especially for premier football clubs who need to follow the lead of football clubs such as Barcelona and fully embrace the digital era.

Fans need to feel that they belong to something, and the most effective way of achieving this is through sports fan engagement on social media and the internet.


Formula 1 have pioneered the use of social media in the sporting world

One sport that has lead the way using social media to interact with fans is Formula 1, and in particular Max Mosley, the former president of the FIA who saw the importance of direct communication and a greater viewing experience for Formula 1 fans via social media and the internet.

In the video ‘Max Mosley: why the press must be controlled’, Mosley shares his opinions on how journalism and communication are changing in the modern world. Both the teams and the drivers use social media widely, communicating with their fans instantly, increasing both their fan bases and their teams’ fan base.

They use Twitter and Instagram hashtags and have an official YouTube channel, Instagram account and Twitter account.

Premier League football teams should be inspired to create an effective and engaging social media presence that will attract fans from all over the world and engage as much as possible with their fans online.


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Football Poem: Chelsea sing the Blues… Winning games is what we choose

We are the boys in blue,
and we are the ones to
When we march on to
the pitch - watching our
skill is a must.
We are the Chelsea elite,
we play at Stamford
And we are the defending
champions - because we
have the courage.

We won the Premier League,
in the summer of 2014,
Now we are defending it -
do you know what I mean?
We have a great defender,
the brilliant, John Terry,
We also had Frank Lampard -
but he went to Man City.

We have a wealthy owner,
and a flamboyant manager,
Known as the “SPECIAL”
one - he always hides his
Jose Mourinho is his name -
and he comes from Portugal,
Wanting to win ever game -
it is his football will!!

There even is Drogba, Ashley
Cole’ as well,
Together as a strike force -
they really do so gel.
Lots of others too - all the
best right now,
When they parade on the
pitch - all the fans do bow.

The Chelsea boys are now
all ready - but, who do you
Even in the dressing room -
Chelsea sings the blues!!!!
So, good luck to the blues,
and Chelsea’ is their name,
And winning the English
Premier League, is their
one true aim.


Written by Darryl Ashton 

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