Jose Mourinho refused to apologise for his criticism, and later his actions, of the club’s medical staff – Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn – and instead focused on his ‘great relationship’ with all of his staff. His comments come in the pre-match press conference ahead of the visit to play Manchester City. Mourinho has come under fire throughout the week for his criticism. Carneiro and Fearn have received a lot of sympathy after it was learned that their roles at the club have been significantly reduced.
Carneiro and Jon Fearn ran onto the field during the final few minutes of the 2-2 draw with Swansea City to treat Eden Hazard. Their intervention of the game required Hazard to be taken off temporarily. This infuriated manager Mourinho, who had already seen the blues reduced to 10 men after the red card for Thibaut Courtois. However, Carneiro has received widespread support as her actions have been seen as morally correct. Mourinho has come under pressure to apologise, but he refused to do so in the pre-match press conference. He said:
“First of all I want to say I have a fantastic medical department led by Dr Paco Biosa. I have a good relationship with them.
“They tell me they have never been praised as much as they have done by me in the last couple of years. Jon Fearn and Dr Carneiro will not be on the bench on Sunday but that doesn’t mean they cannot be in the future.
“They will not be on the bench on Sunday, that is clear, that is my responsibility.”
Instead, the Portuguese claimed that there is a possibility of the roles of the duo – Carneiro and Jon Fearn – being brought back to normal in the future. However, they will certainly be absent from the Chelsea bench this Sunday when the blues visit the Etihad stadium.
Carneiro joined Chelsea in 2009 as the reserve doctor but was promoted to take care of the first-team in 2011 when the blues were managed by Andre Villas-Boas. Since then, she has performed an admiring role and Chelsea continue to have the lowest rate of injuries amongst the Premier League clubs. It is not known whether Carneiro would continue at Chelsea after this altercation. Often the doctors end up leaving the club when their roles are questioned by the manager. The trust between a manager and a doctor is very crucial in a working relationship. Once that is broken, it becomes tough to continue.
Roman Abramovich is reportedly extremely unhappy with the way the club has been getting a lot of bad press over the incident. Carneiro is thought to be considering legal action against the club over the sudden reduction in roles. The 41-year-old could challenge the club on the grounds of constructive dismissal and even sex discrimination. The blues do not have any major injury concerns going into the game against City and Mourinho will have to thank Carneiro.