Jose Mourinho was on the verge of storming out of a media briefing on Friday after the Chelsea manager lost his cool during a grilling over his criticism of the club’s medical staff.
Chelsea were down to 10 men against Swansea following the dismissal of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and were temporarily reduced to nine players as Hazard was obliged to leave the field after receiving treatment.
“They tell me all the time that they were never praised as much as they were by me in the last two years”.
I would not be at all surprised to see both Carneiro and Fearn back on the bench before long, with this whole episode consigned to history. “It is my decision, my responsibility, but that doesn’t mean they can not be in the future”.
Mourinho also denied that the row had impacted his team’s preparation for a crucial match, saying that anyone who thought that it had, “is somebody that does not have a clue about what football is and [about] preparation for matches”.
Carneiro was backed Thursday by Federation Internationale de Football Association, with the governing body’s chief medical officer Jiri Dvorak telling Sky Sports News that club doctors have an “ethical duty to look after the players’ health”.
Mourinho had slammed Carneiro and Fearn publicly last Saturday for entering the pitch to treat Hazard late in the 2-2 draw with Swansea.
The Chelsea boss was condemned by a variety of medical organisations and football personalities for those comments and the subsequent development that the pair’s roles were being significantly changed.
The Premier League Doctors’ Group has also expressed its concern over the ongoing situation and says a reduction in Carneiro’s role would be “unjust in the extreme”.
When asked for his thoughts on the relationship between a manager and medical staff, Wenger said: “It is a problem inside the club that if you are not united it is more hard”.
It’s still being disputed whether Hazard asked for medical assistance – although footage taken at the time appears to show that he does – and Jose Mourinho has now told a press conference that neither Carneiro or Fearn will be at Sunday’s match. “The referee makes the decision”.
Mourinho has been strongly criticised over the reports and Wenger said that it was risky for a manager to do anything that might damage unity within his club.
In Moussa Sissoko and Gabriel Obertan they have some genuine pace to worry our full-backs, although apart from producing the cross of the decade for their second goal against the Saints, Obertan flatters to deceive on most occasions.
Hackett wrote in his You Are The Ref blog: “The doctor was clearly doing her job and has rightly won the sympathy of most people involved with the game“.
“We managers won titles, players won titles and I think the contribution of the owner has been fantastic”, Mourinho continued, saluting the Abramovich era.