Jose Mourinho has called out Graeme Souness on his managerial record at Newcastle United and Liverpool.
A top quality player in his day, Souness won numerous First Division titles and European Cups when at Anfield, but as a Manager it was a different story.
The top achievement of the Graeme Souness managerial career, being to win the FA Cup with Liverpool in 1992 against a hopeless Sunderland side which finished 18th in Division Two that season.
For Newcastle United it was even worse.
Graeme Souness tore apart the Sir Bobby Robson team and wasted a fortune on rubbish like Owen, Luque and Boumsong, before eventually being sacked.
On Sunday, Jose Mourinho decided to point his shortcomings, after the former Newcastle boss had criticised the Manchester United Manager in midweek.
Graeme Souness had said that Jose Mourinho was making too many unfounded excuses for his players, saying that by claiming his players were tired due to the number of games they had to play, he was letting them off the hook.
Ahead of today’s 2-0 win against Palace, Mourinho used his programme notes to have a go back.
Jose Mourinho accusing (not naming him but it being obvious it was who he was referring to) Graeme Souness of sour grapes because his ‘managerial career was very poor’, as well as being biased against Man Utd because he had played for Liverpool.
Graeme Souness talking to Sky Sports on 17 May 2017:
“It’s the price on the ticket if you’re winning trophies. If you get to the later stages of European cups, you have to deal with it – it is nothing new in football.
“The last thing I would want is a manager who is continuously telling me I’m tired.
“You are handing an excuse to your players to not play well.
“I do talk from experience – people say that the game has changed but has it changed that much?”
Jose Mourinho programme notes 21 May 2017 (Man U v Palace):
“I have seen in the football media that certain pundits cannot understand why our players are tired.
“A pundit is not honest if they cannot forget their colours, or if they try to hide the truth from their audience.
“It is not my fault if their managerial career was very poor.”