How long will this continue? Ex-Chelsea star believes end is near for Jose Mourinho

first_imgThe end is near for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.That’s the view of Tony Cascarino after he witnessed his former club crash to their ninth defeat in 16 Premier League games at Leicester on Monday night.Mourinho is Chelsea’s most successful manager of all-time and was offered a public vote of confidence by Roman Abramovich last month.But Cascarino believes the club’s owner will have no choice but to swing the axe if there is not a dramatic turnaround in form over the Christmas period.“It has got to the stage now where it is getting a lit bit embarrassing,” said the ex-Blues striker, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Roman has done something he has never done before and that is back a manager. He has never backed one. And now we are looking and thinking, how long will this continue?“They are not going to make Champions League football [by finishing in the top four], as Jose said last night, so it feels like if it goes on there can be no alternative. You lose your job – that is Premier League football.“If you fail, if you fall short of the demands of an owner, or of a football club, you have a wage bill that is second or first in the Premier League and you come 16th or 15th, then of course you have to lose your job.”Mourinho accused his players of ‘betraying’ him following the loss to Leicester and Cascarino believes he has lost the support of the dressing room – contrary to the opinion of another former Chelsea star.“Frankie Lampard said after the game last night he doesn’t believe there’s a problem between the players and the manager, but there has to be,” he said.“If you’re a successful team and you start losing football matches and you’re not doing as well as you can, people make your voice known and you’re heard in the dressing room.“Last night was probably one of their tamest performances because Leicester outran them, outfought them and outplayed them in every department.”last_img read more

Boksic pays bizarre tribute to disgraced ex-Marseille chief

first_imgWTF ‘He would even buy games for us!’ – Boksic pays tribute to disgraced ex-Marseille chief Tapie Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:01 6/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alen Boksic Marseille Getty WTF Olympique Marseille Ligue 1 The president saw his club embroiled in a serious match-fixing scandal, but the forward has fond memories of his time at Stade Velodrome Alen Boksic has paid bizarre tribute to ex-Marseille president Bernard Tapie, crediting him for buying games on behalf of the Ligue 1 club and making their players rich. Boksic was just 22 when he joined the southern French club in 1992, and in his first season lifted the European Cup before going on to star for the likes of Lazio and Juventus. Marseille’s triumph, however, was later tainted by charges of match-fixing that saw the club relegated to the second tier and stripped of their 1992-93 Ligue 1 title, while Tapie was sent to jail. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now But according to the Croatia legend, a footballer could not ask for a better employer than the disgraced former l’OM chief. “Recently I went to Marseille for the 25th anniversary of winning the European Cup. We were a great team and had the best president!” he told Croatian TV show “Vecernji pressing.””He bought a game for us and then we even got a bonus for that victory! And in the end he got punished (in jail, suspended from football) and us players profited!”As I arrived to Marseille, I was young and ready, and I played with Rudi Voller, who was older and didn’t have to prove himself any more, so he was not selfish and allowed me to score as much as I can. That helped me a lot.”Boksic never represented Croatia at a World Cup, missing the chance to shine in 1998 through a knee injury he described as “torture”. He is now looking forward to seeing the likes of Ivan Rakitic star in Russia, although he is concerned that Croatia’s indiscipline could ruin their chances. “Rakitic has surprised me a lot, even training him in national team, I never believed he could reach the level he has reached,” he added. “Croatia have great players but they need to be more disciplined. They don’t have a leader to push them when things are not working as they should.”Boksic added that Croatia could use a player like Sergio Ramos, who has been known to straddle the line between legal and illegal maneuvers. “Take the Champions League final for example,” Boksic said. “It was decided by [Mohamed] Salah’s injury. Sergio Ramos knew what he had to do and he never even got a yellow card!”His move in the final was just as valuable as Bale’s scissor-kick goal. And without those kinds of players you can not build a champion team!”last_img read more