Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has a hand in making League One side Port Vale’s season a miserable one, according to the Club’s former star Chris Birchall.
The League One side is currently in the relegation zone and with only two games left to play, they need massive results to be in the league and the Former Trinidad and Tobago star Chris Birchall has claimed Mourinho has to take some part of the blame. But why?
At the start of the season, Port Vale recruited former Leeds striker Bruno Ribeiro as their manager and it is understood that Jose Mourinho applied his preferences to land him that job. Bruno and Mourinho are friends from their childhood days and reportedly he made a personal phone call to Port Vale owner Norman Smurthwaite to recommend his childhood friend for the vacant post.
Ribeiro took the charge of the club in June and made a whole squad overhaul, signing 17 new players from all over the countries. The Valiants started their season well but slowly deteriorated as the season moved. Ribeiro took the club in the bottom zone and eventually left the club on Boxing Day.
Chris Birchall, who helped the club to promotion from League Two in 2013 has now accused the Manchester United man of this debacle and suggested that Club President Smurthwaite would have never thought of Ribeiro without Mourinho’s influence who did not have any lower league experience.
He told Starsport: “If he [Smurthwaite] didn’t get that phone call from Mourinho then Ribeiro wouldn’t have got the job.
“Sometimes when you get a referral from a manager like that you put your head in the clouds.
“You think everything will be OK and he’ll be the next great thing. But obviously things didn’t work out like that.
“He might have been a good coach in Mourinho’s eyes, but to come into an English League One side is going to be tough at the best of times.”
The Valiants recruited former Premier League ace Michael Brown as their interim manager since then, however, the Club’s fortune have not turned around and it’s unlikely they will be able to stay in the league this season.