Mark Clattenburg reveals Jose Mourinho holds him responsible for Chelsea sacking
The Portuguese tactician made a name for himself in England with Chelsea. He had two spells in charge of our London rivals from 2004-2007 and 2013-2015.
Mourinho’s second spell at Chelsea came to an end in unceremonious fashion following a poor start to the 2014/15 season. The then defending Premier League champions endured a poor run of results that saw them lose nine of their opening 16 games.
“Well, he blames me for getting him the sack at Chelsea.”
Clattenburg was largely a referee who made up his own mind and that can sometimes have consequences for the teams affected. In Mourinho’s case, it would appear that a number of decisions made by the Englishman went against him.
A look in the mirror
He refereed three Premier League games involving Chelsea and the Blues lost two while winning just one. While Mourinho could argue against the referee’s performance, Chelsea just failed to perform that season.
It was the same argument brought up by Clattenburg. Chelsea had lost seven games in which he wasn’t the official, indicating that the malaise within the team was the major issue.
“I would say it was more all of the results before that, too.”
It would appear that Mourinho held onto the belief that Clattenburg had a beef against him even after he took over at Manchester United.
“When he went to Manchester United, he was thinking the same thing – I’m going to get him the sack, so he was always anti-me.”
With Clattenburg no more in charge, Mourinho can now breathe easy. Also at Spurs, he appears to rebuild the reputation of his that had taken a beating. A Premier League win this season would firmly entrench his position as a modern Premier League great.
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While we do not think it is the case, we would also like to thank Clattenburg if there is any truth in what Mourinho believes. After all, him getting sacked was just one of the dominoes that had to fall to ensure he eventually ended up at Spurs.