Five for 30th September

Jose Mourinho storms out of press conference

A furious Jose Mourinho walked out of a press conference ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League game at Steaua Bucharest.

The Chelsea boss departed after being quizzed on his decision to leave out Kevin de Bruyne for his side’s group stage clash.

Having already been criticised for leaving out last season’s star man Juan Mata this term, Mourinho now had to filed questions about the Belgian whom he left out the squad to face Tottenham last weekend.

Mourinho said: “It’s amazing because nobody asks me about Mata and now you ask about Kevin de Bruyne. You are not interested in the players who play only those who don’t.

“Only 11 can play. I try to decide by what they do on the pitch and in training. Frank Lampard beside me knows me for nine years and he knows I make mistakes but I try to be honest.

“He’s not selected because I didn’t like the game he played at Swindon and the way he has trained.”

Mourinho then walked out leaving the already present Lampard to see out the rest of the press conference.

The incident came just days after Mourinho criticised Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas for a lack of maturity for the way in which he publicly aired his grievances.

Oh, the irony.

David Moyes throwing the baby out with the bathwater

David Moyes ignored Sir Alex Ferguson’s advice to retain his Manchester United backroom team, according to the club’s former goalkeeping coach Eric Steele.

Steele was fired by Moyes in the close season, along with assistant manager Mike Phelan and first-team coach Rene Meulensteen.

Moyes chose to bring with him his Everton backroom staff comprising Chris Woods, Steve Round and Jimmy Lumsden, whilst also appointing former United and Toffees midfielder Phil Neville in his first full-time coaching role.

United’s 2-1 home defeat by West Brom on Saturday means the club has now made its worst start to a league season for 24 years.

Steele has now revealed how Moyes handled the changes in coaching personnel.

“He spoke to me, Mick and Rene,” Steele is quoted as telling fanzine United We Stand. “I told him I thought it was a brave decision.

“He (Moyes) listened to the manager’s advice, but he wanted to be his own man.”

The 59-year-old says he respects Moyes’ decision but is not convinced it was right for the club.

“I didn’t want to leave. Why would I?” he added. “I knew that David was coming in and wondered who he’d bring.

“You had the United perspective – the manager saying, ‘Keep what we’ve got, keep the continuity, work with them and they’ll guide you through. You’re taking on a massive machine here. You’ve gone from Marks and Spencer’s to Harrods.’

“Then there’s David’s viewpoint, which I understand. I know him professionally. I know his work ethic, his hands-on approach.

“I don’t blame him for doing what he did. I’ve been in the game long enough to know how it is.

“But it’s ironic, isn’t it? You’ve just been part of a team that has had a great season and won the league. David De Gea’s had his best season. Does it make sense that you’re not retained to continue the good work? Sadly, that’s out of my hands.”

United find themselves in 12th spot in the Premier League table after six games, eight points behind early-season pacesetters Arsenal.


Quote of the day

“Ibrahimovic is a bitter prima donna if you ask me. He has never really gotten over his Barcelona exit. No team has ever been happy with him. He always brings problems with him.”

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness is not impressed with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s criticism of Pep Guardiola.

Saido Berahino earns £850 a week

West Brom’s match winner at Old Trafford on Saturday, Saido Berahino (left in picture), earns just £850-a-week. A decent figure by most people’s standards, but by the standards of the Premier League that really is a paltry figure.

Berahino, 20, stunned the title holders with the winner but he also embarrassed United’s multimillionaires because he earns a tiny fraction of their salary.

The champions’ first-choice strikers Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are both on £250,000-a-week – which works out as nearly as much in a day as Berahino gets in a year.

England Under-21 international Berahino’s existing contract gives the Baggies an option to extend his deal, on the same terms, until 2015.

Burundi-born Berahino, one of the smallest earners in the Premier League, could then leave for just £300,000 in compensation.

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