The Special One was highly critical of his medical staff after a 2-2 draw with Swansea City, and he’s already started sharpening his axe.
Following a controversial declaration that his medical staff didn’t do their jobs properly in a Week 1 draw against Swansea City, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has changed the role of first-team doctor Eva Carneiro and won’t let her onto the pitch in matches anymore.
According to the Telegraph, Carneiro – who rushed onto the field to assist an ailing Eden Hazard, leaving Mourinho with just nine players at a critical moment in the match, drawing the ire of the Special Ome – will no longer attend training sessions, matches or join the team at hotels.
The Telegraph reported that Carneiro will still treat the first-team players at the Cobham training ground. But her long-term future at Stamford Bridge has not yet been addressed.
Following a row on the sideline between Mourinho and Carneiro – in which Mourinho was seen nearly flying off the handle in rage – the Special One accused his medical staff of not understanding the game in a post-match press conference.
“I wasn’t happy with my medical staff because even if you are a medical doctor or secretary on the bench, you have to understand the game,” Mourinho said following the 2-2 draw.
“If you go to the pitch to assist a player, then you must be sure that a player has a serious problem. I was sure that Eden didn’t have a serious problem. He had a knock and was very tired.
“My medical department left me with eight fit outfield players in a counter attack after a set piece and we were worried we didn’t have enough players left.”
Carneiro, who has been a member of the Chelsea medical staff since 2011, is not the first doctor to draw the wrath of Jose Mourinho. The Special One famously clashed with Neil Frazer in 2005 over Arjen Robben’s health, an argument which led to Frazer leaving the team.