Premier League managers react to Jose Mourinho sacking

first_imgJose Mourinho’s sacking as manager of Chelsea for the second time has come as a shock to his fellow Premier League managers.The likes of Louis van Gaal and Manuel Pellegrini have shared their shock and disappointment of the news, while Sam Allardyce called it a ‘bad indictment on the players’ should they perform for the new boss.With Guus Hiddink set to reprise the interim manager role he performed so well in in 2009, Mourinho’s colleagues were sorry to see the back of him.See below for the reactions of Mourinho’s now former Premier League rivals.Louis van Gaal:“It was a big surprise for me, I didn’t expect it. A fantastic manager with a record that nobody has in this football world, but it is still possible. What I have said in my own press conference last week was that the main thing is always the results first and second the chemistry between the players and the managers and his staff. I cannot judge what was happening in Chelsea, but I was very surprised.”Tony Pulis:“I’ve just got great respect for what he has achieved in the game. There are a lot of people who talk a good game and they underachieve and get away with underachieving, but he has always achieved and overachieved. He is one of the great managers. You look at some of the titles he has won – not just in this country but wherever he’s gone – and he’s a winner, 110 per cent a winner. All the managers of the top clubs in Europe will be looking over their shoulders at the moment because a top man is available again.”Sam Allardyce:“I’m shocked to say the least. I think they must have somebody lined up to have done it now. I’m sad to see Jose go because I got to know him quite well and as I have said before, he is a great manager with great character and is a loss to the Barclays Premier League I think. It’s a pretty bad indictment on the players if they actually go and perform better than they have done recently, just because Jose’s lost his job. There seems to be that reaction from a squad of players when a manager goes and they wait to see which new manager is coming in.”Manuel Pellegrini:“I think that the Premier League will miss him, of course. I don’t have to miss anyone, but if you ask me I prefer the Premier League with Mourinho than without Mourinho. With the best players and the best managers working here, I think the Premier League will be better.”last_img read more