PFA warns Mourinho over conductPublished November 10, 2016
Jose Mourinho has been warned by the PFA that comments made about Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw after last weekend’s game against Swansea were unacceptable.
The ex-Chelsea boss was vocal in his criticism of the duo following the Red Devils’ 3-1 win at Swansea, questioning their commitment to the Old Trafford club after they made themselves unavailable to play in the match.
But PFA chief Peter Taylor has suggested that Mourinho should be more careful with how he deals with his players.
“I was disappointed by that [Mourinho’s comments] because, knowing the individuals, they are both highly thought of,” Taylor told guests at a VSI Sporting Directors dinner (per Independent Sport).
“They’ve got personal problems which I don’t need to relay, but sometimes a manager needs to be a psychologist as well and also to be a counsellor because you can’t treat everybody in the team [the same], every manager must know that. Every player in a team is different.”
Back in November 2011, the game lost former Wales manager Gary Speed- suffering with depression- to suicide, and Taylor admitted that he thinks a softer approach is necessary with today’s footballers.
“When you see what happened with Welsh football and Gary Speed, that brings it home to you that somebody can look on top of the world, with no problems, but [in reality] it’s quite different and that’s why we have a 24-hour counselling service,” he added.
“We get some 200 calls a year to those lines because a player could be out of the team, he could be injured. It’s a short-term career and we’re all human beings.
“I think that’s what management these days has to be. I’m not talking about being soft, I’m talking about being understanding.”