Physio reveals why Mourinho once ordered coach driver to leave Chelsea player behind

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham manager, Jose Mourinho, once made a player miss the coach for an away game after he turned up late during his time at Chelsea, according to a former club physio.

Ex-Chelsea head physio, Dave Hancock, revealed that the player turned up just one minute late and Mourinho insisted that the coach driver left without him. Hancock worked under Mourinho during the Special One’s first stint with the Blues.

Hancock told the Evening Standard: “I remember a player who missed the bus. We were playing Everton away and I remember sitting on the bus and we had to leave. It was an evening game on Sky and the player was late for the bus. Jose went: ‘Go’.

“This was a world-class player. We were waiting at the hotel to go to the stadium and he was late. I’m talking a minute and he said ‘Go.’

“The coaches were arguing about whether to wait for him and the boss left him at the hotel. He had to get a taxi and he benched him.”

Mourinho has never been one to shy away from calling out a player if he deems their behaviour to be less than acceptable.

Only in March did the Portuguese manager drag Tanguy Ndombele off at half-time against Burnley and then speak honestly about his performance during the post-match interviews (Independent).

Mourinho’s Spurs men return to Premier League action later this month with a visit from his former side, Manchester United on June 17. At least there will be no away bus involved.

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I can’t say that this revelation shocks me. I think we can all imagine Mourinho doing this. It is important that the manager has the respect of the dressing room and some people will view this as divisive, but I’m sure there are a lot of players who would flourish under this type of manager – let’s hope Ndombele can.

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