Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he is a “lonely guy” in the modern game as he admitted to not having many friends in football.
The Portuguese has overseen a turbulent start to the Blues’ season as they currently sit 10 points behind leaders Manchester City, while Mourinho himself was last week fined £50,000 and given a one-match suspended stadium ban following his comments about referees following his sides’ loss to Southampton.
After receiving this punishment, Mourinho has says he feels isolated in the modern game as he discussed his current problems.
“In the modern concept of the tribe of football, I don’t belong,” he told the Irish Times.
“I live in a different world. I’m not with the power. I’m not with the power. I’m a lonely guy in this modern world of football.”
Following his FA punishment, the 52-year-old had another dig at the FA – plus some choice words for his old rival Arsene Wenger – at the launch of his latest book and now admits that he does not care for the PR side of the game and has few friends in football.
“I do my work. I’m not a politician, I’m not a PR, I don’t care what people think about me. I don’t, you know, I’m just what I am,” he said.
“When I am in a great moment it looks like nothing’s happened; when I am in a bad moment, I pay for this a little bit. I don’t have many friends in the football world.”
This comes after the FA insisted that they had no other choice than to slap the Chelsea boss with a suspended stadium ban and warned him that he must “refrain from any further breach by media comments for the next 12 months”.
They also rejected his claim that a lack of English language skills was to blame for the incident.
The Blues face Dynamo Kiev tonight in the Champions League before returning to domestic action at West Ham on Satruday.