'You're f**king soft' - Jose Mourinho's x-rated rant at Jonathan Moss revealed
Jose Mourinho is sweating on whether or not he will be allowed in the Chelsea dug-out for the game that could decide his fate on Saturday.
The Football Association confirmed that Chelsea manager Mourinho has been charged with misconduct for his half-time rant at referee Jonathan Moss and refusing to leave the match officials’ room during the defeat to West Ham United.
Mourinho has until Thursday to respond, with the outside chance of learning his fate ahead of Saturday’s critical Premier League game against Liverpool. But it is more likely the case will spill into the early part of next week before the likely punishment of a touchline ban and/or fine is applied. That would leave the Portuguese free to take his place in the dug-out for Saturday’s Liverpool clash.
Despite the fact Chelsea insist he retains the backing of owner Roman Abramovich, Mourinho will be eager to be in full control for the early kick-off against Liverpool as a defeat would leave the 52-year-old fighting to save his job.
Mourinho can take his place in the dug-out for tonight’s Capital One Cup clash against Stoke City and potentially the Liverpool game. Should the case spill into next week and he is handed a touchline ban, then Mourinho would have to watch the Premier League match at Stoke on Nov 7 from the stands.
A standard touchline ban prevents managers from taking their place in the dug-out, but they are free to communicate with their staff through a runner or over the telephone and can carry out their pre-match, half-time and post-match responsibilities.
The FA do, however, have the provision to impose a harsher touchline ban that prevents managers from having any contact with their players or staff. They also have it in their powers to hit Mourinho with a full stadium ban.
In the absence of Mourinho on the touchline, his responsibilities would be split between assistants Rui Faria and Steve Holland.
As reported in Monday’s Telegraph Sport, Mourinho was furious over the decisions to send off Nemanja Matic and disallow a Cesc Fabregas goal against West Ham. During his confrontation with Moss at the half-time interval, Mourinho is understood to have said: “Arsene Wenger was right, you are f****** soft.”
It has also emerged that Mourinho refused to leave the match officials’ room before Moss showed him a red card and sent him to the Upton Park stands for the second half, which is why the misconduct charge is in relation to ‘language and/or behaviour towards the match officials in or around the dressing room area at half-time’.
Mourinho already has a separate suspended one-game stadium ban and £50,000 fine hanging over his head for claiming referees are "afraid to give Chelsea decisions", which he and the club are contesting.
Mourinho’s assistant first-team coach Silvino Louro could join Mourinho in the stands, as he too has been hit with a misconduct charge for his behaviour that led to his 45th-minute dismissal from the technical area.
Chelsea and West Ham have also been charged for failing to control their players after players from both clubs surrounded Moss at the end of the first half. The Blues will have to pay a £25,000 fine after receiving seven yellow cards in the game.
A defeat to Liverpool will see Mourinho’s position become even more precarious and could see him dismissed. But Abramovich’s dilemma over the situation is arguably more difficult than any of his past decisions to sack managers or appoint replacements.
The feeling was always that characters such as captain John Terry, Petr Cech, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Didier Drogba could manage themselves out of a crisis in the middle of managerial change.
But, despite the fact Terry is still at the club, Chelsea are 15th in the table and no longer have the strength within the squad to hit the autopilot button under a caretaker.
While he was overruled on the decision to let Cech join Arsenal, Mourinho allowed Drogba to leave the club at the end of last season because he could no longer guarantee the 37-year-old a place in his matchday squad.
But, despite his age and the standard of Major League Soccer, where the Ivorian has scored 11 goals in 11 games for Montreal Impact, Chelsea have missed Drogba.
Most Blues supporters would still take Drogba over flop loan signing Radamel Falcao as back-up to first-choice striker Diego Costa, while the squad, and in particular Eden Hazard, are missing his influence in the dressing-room.
Drogba has been described as the ‘glue’ who brought different groups within the Chelsea squad together last season and it is no coincidence that he was at the centre of videos showing the players enjoying themselves.
Hazard took advice from Drogba before moving to Stamford Bridge and the Chelsea legend acted as the Belgian’s mentor last season during which he was crowned Player of the Year.
With Drogba at his side there were no childish repeats of Hazard wearing a Paris Saint-Germain shirt in interviews, but without him the 24-year-old last week fuelled speculation of a move to Real Madrid by ‘liking’ an Instagram post linking him with the Spanish club.