Mourinho blames Ranieri firing on 'selfishness of others'

  • ESPN FC, Friday, February 24, 2017 5:14 PM
Manchester United Jose Mourinho, who was fired after leading Chelsea to the 2015 EPL title, showed support for fired Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri by saying his firing was "peanuts compared to Claudio's" and blaming the Foxes' move on the "selfishness of others."

"When I was sacked as a champion [by Chelsea], it was a giant negative thing," Mourinho said. "But now I know it was peanuts in comparison. Nobody can delete what Claudio did. If some of the stories [about the players] are true, or just a little bit true, it is difficult to find words to justify that. Probably the season started with a typical selfishness of others -- people thinking of new contracts, leaving, more money, forgetting who helped them reach a certain level. This is not just football. It is part of the world. Some principles are going away. I lived a similar experience, but peanuts compared to Claudio's. But maybe it is Claudio's fault. He is paying for his success."

Mourinho wore a T-shirt with the initials ‘CR’ printed on the chest during his Friday press conference at the Aon Training Complex.

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