Alan Shearer has been looking at what has gone wrong for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea, comparing it with his time at Newcastle.
The Newcastle legend has blamed ‘player power’ for a lot of Chelsea’s problems and questioned the effort/commitment the team have shown.
The players have now got their wish apparently with Mourinho sacked but Alan Shearer says this was never the case at Newcastle.
The former number nine says he always gave 100%, even though Ruud Gullit was the only manager that he never got on with.
Alan Shearer says that regardless of who the manager of a club happens to be ‘you play for the shirt, for the club and most importantly for the fans’.
At Newcastle United, Ruud Gullit alienated many of Newcastle’s best and most influential players, including Shearer, Rob Lee and Duncan Ferguson.
However, ironically he particularly upset them by NOT letting them play, with Robert Lee sidelined and then Ruud Gullit falling on his own sword after the ultimate gamble, leaving both Alan Shearer and Ferguson out of the derby match.
Newcastle one up but Sunderland going on to win 2-1, Gullit leaving, Sir Bobby walks in and Shearer back in the team…the rest is history.
Alan Shearer writing in The Sun:
‘You look at this season and it has been a scattergun approach in how he (Jose Mourinho) has tried to deal with things.
And none of it has worked.
Criticism, praise, eccentricity and the plain bizarre.
But I have to question the players.
There was one manager I didn’t get on with — Ruud Gullit at Newcastle.
But I never went out on to the pitch wanting to give less than 100 per cent.
You play for the shirt, for the club and most importantly for the fans, not the manager.
True he has a big influence on morale but there are no excuses for some of the displays these players have put in this season.
The height of player power has started to get out of control.’