Former Chelsea player and assistant manager, Ray Wilkins has reiterated that Chelsea fans owe Jose Mourinho more respect.
The former Chelsea manager was booed by some section of the Chelsea fans in Monday’s Chelsea 1-0 win over Manchester United in the FA Cup after he was seen having some touchline altercations with Antonio Conte.
Jose Mourinho lifted his three fingers in showcase of his three Premier League title won and also said in his post match conference that he is Chelsea’s greatest manager and until someone wins the club four PL titles, he is still ‘number one’.
The former Chelsea player says that the former Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss must be accorded more respect by the Chelsea fans. He is quoted as saying;
“I just wish our Chelsea supporters, and I’m a Chelsea supporter, showed a little bit more class to Jose Mourinho.”
“People will naturally be thinking: ‘Hang on a second he was demonstrating stuff on the touchline against Chelsea’. Well yes he was but now he’s employed by Manchester United. Chelsea relieved him of his post.
“If we actually remember what he’s done for our club, and I say our club because I’ve been a Chelsea man since I was 10 and a half, he’s worked miracles there.
“He’s a good bloke but he’s a football man, he wants his club to win. I just thought the other night against Manchester United they didn’t show him the respect he merits.”
When also quizzed on Mourinho’s touchline fracas with Conte that the Portuguese should have shown respect to Conte, Wilkins said;
“When you’ve got two coaches on the sideline that have so much passion then you’re going to have a little [confrontation].
“You could have said Conte was disrespectful to Jose. It was just a conflict of interests, they just had a row and these things happen.”
He also agreed with Jose comments that he is Chelsea’s number one saying;
“I think they [Chelsea fans] do if they’re thinking about it logically and sensibly, there’s no one that can touch him at the moment.”
“Jose will be number one until somebody wins as many trophies as Jose.”