In an interview with the online version of the Daily Mail, Gunners legend Martin Keown has come out with some sharp criticism of the ex-Chelsea manager.
In light of recent events and rumours surrounding Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and his loss of the dressing room, MailOnline put together a panel consisting of Arsenal legend Keown and ex-Liverpool players Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp, asking them about what ‘losing a dressing room’ actually meant and felt like.
When asked about the internal issues at Chelsea, former Arsenal defender Keown was highly critical of Mourinho’s management style, but praised Arsene Wenger’s methods of allowing the players to express and prove themselves on the pitch.
“Mourinho has driven a wedge between himself and his players by publicly humiliating them. And it’s been brewing since day one,” Keown told MailOnline.
“Arsene Wenger used to say you do your talking on the pitch but Jose Mourinho talks too much.”
With Chelsea’s current league position it is not hard to imagine a relegation dog fight with the likes of Bournemouth or Newcastle, but Mourinho’s open criticism of the players is making it even more damning for the reigning champions.
Arsene Wenger has long been called ‘soft’ for defending his players again and again with excuses such as ‘I didn’t see the tackle’. Even the continued trust he places in youth is called naive. However, Arsenal fans should remember that Wenger has maintained himself with the utmost dignity and the respect afforded to him by each and every dressing room throughout his time at Arsenal.
Troubles in Chelsea’s ship and Martin Keown’s comments provide some perspective to those who are continually asking for the Arsenal manager’s ouster. Maybe it is time to pipe down for a while.
It’s not difficult to see why Mourinho was sacked this past Thursday afternoon (via the BBC), but the state Chelsea are in, it is more than likely too little too late for the Blues this season.