Mourinho confused by 'sad' excitement over possible sacking
The Portuguese boss says he’s not considering the possibility of being sacked and cannot understand why people around the football world are enthralled by the possibility
Jose Mourinho has claimed he does not fear the sack and has questioned why people inside – and outside – football are “excited” by his potential sacking.
Mourinho’s Chelsea take on Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday and the Portuguese boss admits to being concerned about improving the Blues’ lowly league position.
Chelsea sit 15th in the table after having won three of their opening 10 league fixtures but Mourinho insisted he was not bothered by speculation over his job security.
“I’m not worried about that at all. At all. I don’t spend one second of my day thinking about it,” he said.
“I’m worried about the results. I’m worried about winning on Saturday, about qualifying for the next round of the Champions League. I am worried about recovering positions in the table and to go back to where Chelsea normally has to be.
“I’m not worried about my job, my future, about anything other than that. I’m not worried. I’m not worried. And it looks like you want to put a lot of pressure on me in relation to that, where you can’t do it. You can’t do it. You can’t do it.”
Mourinho has been unable to replicate Chelsea’s strong form in the early stages of the new campaign after leading the club to a Premier League and League Cup double last year and the 52-year-old is confused by anticipation for his sacking.
“What I’d like to understand is why some people can be so excited and happy with the perspective of somebody losing his job,” he told a press conference.
“If you tell me your newspaper is going to sack 20 people, first of all I will be worried for you. I promise you. You have a good relationship here.
“And, secondly, I would be very disappointed even if I don’t know the other 20 guys who are going to be sacked. But this [management] is the only job where people get excited at that. It’s sad.”
He added: “The Brendan [Rodgers] situation, he was almost winning the Premier League. He was the Manager of the Year and suddenly people were really happy and working hard until he was sacked.
“It’s strange. I don’t belong to this world. I’m too emotional. I hate people losing jobs. Not in football, but in everything.”