Mourinho sacks staff member from bench

Ritabrata Banerjee / 11 August 2015

It seems the draw against Swansea City in the very first match of their title defending campaign did not go down very well with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, as he decides to suspend team doctor Eva Carneiro from the team’s reserve bench. On Saturday Chelse drew 2-2 with Swansea after taking the lead twice. Mourinho was not at all happy with his team’s performance and he was disappointed with his support staff’s attitude during the game.

Jose Mourinho had accused doctor Eva Carneiro who had rushed into the field during the match to treat an injured Eden Hazard. The Portuguese claimed that Hazard was not very serious and could bucked up and continued, but Eva’s ‘lack of understanding of the game reduced the side to 9 men on the pitch. Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was already sent-off due to a rough tackle on Bafetimbi Gomis.

Post match Mourinho was quoted saying, “I wasn’t happy with my medical staff because even if you are a medical doctor or secretary on the bench, you have to understand the game.

“If you go to the pitch to assist a player, then you must be sure that a player has a serious problem. I was sure that Eden didn’t have a serious problem. He had a knock and was very tired.

“My medical department left me with eight fit outfield players in a counter attack after a set piece and we were worried we didn’t have enough players left.”

Carneiro thus becomes teh first victim of Jose Mourinho’s wrath as she has been ordered by the boss not to sit on the bench and she will also not attend training sessions, games or enter the hotel. Although she will remain Chelsea’s first-team doctor.

Eva Carneiro had joined the Blues during Andre Villas Boas’ reign and since then have worked under Rafa Benitez and Jose Mourinho. Even though Chelsea has never faced severe injury crisis in the past few years, Mourinho has been heard several times complaining about the poor performance of the medical team.

It will be interesting to see if the Doctor agrees to take up her new rule or leave the club under such harsh circumstances.

Related Topics