Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes modern footballers are becoming more powerful than their coaches as he blames the club structures for the problem.
The Portuguese who was sacked by United last December was speaking on Bein Sports where he touched on several footballing issues including his time at United.
Mourinho who reportedly fell out with several of United stars was asked about the recent power tussle between modern players and managers and the former Chelsea boss said:
Everything good I had with players, everything good I did with players is not news in modern world. In modern football, news is when you have problems. We are not anymore in the time where the coach by himself is powerful enough to cope with players that are not the best professionals.
I remember, for example, and probably you do because we’re speaking about such an amazing manager. One day, I think it was when Manchester United sold David Beckham to Real Madrid if I’m not wrong, but the phrase I kept with me from the biggest one in the Premier League - Sir Alex Ferguson - was, ‘The day a player is more important than the club, goodbye’. Not any more. Not any more.
Because there are many things behind now that means it is difficult to create a situation as linear as this one, so I think the way to do it is for the players to find a certain balance and the balance has to be created in the relations between the players and the manager.
The manager is there to coach them, the manager is not there to keep the discipline at any cost. The structure must be made. The structure must be there to protect the manager and for the players to feel that everything is in place and they are not going to arrive into a situation where they feel more powerful than they used to be.”
The club must have an owner or a president, a CEO or executive director, a football director and then the manager. This is the structure that can cope with all the problems modernity is bringing all of us. A club must be very well organised to cope with all these kind of situations where the manager is only the manager and not the man that is trying to keep the discipline or is trying to educate the players.
The 55-year-old who turns 56 next week isn't thinking about retiring from coaching and still sees himself getting at least one more shot at a top club.
I still want to coach. I am 56 in a couple of weeks and I am really too young to stop. I belong to top-level football and that is where I am going to be. Where I am going to stay is where I belong.
The former Inter Milan boss has been linked with a return to Real Madrid where he managed between 2010 and 2013 winning the La Liga in 2012.