Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has suggested that club football managers should now be referred to as head coaches because of the limitation of their decision-making powers.
Speaking after United’s 2-1 opening Premier League win against Leicester City at Old Trafford on Friday, Mourinho said the multiplicity of roles at football clubs has now made club managers struggle to influence and control several activities, especially football transfers.
He also subtly criticised his employers for the club’s inactivity in the transfer market, stating he never expected to find himself in such situation despite making early preparations.
Mourinho said, “It will be a difficult season because I had my plans for many months and I find myself in the beginning of the Premier League with the market closed in a situation I did not think I would be in. It’s the last time I speak about it. It’s over, it’s finished, the market is closed and no more talk about it.
“I think football is changing and probably football managers now should be called more head coaches. We have big multi-functional coaching staff and I think we are more the head coach than the manager. That’s the way football is going.”
The Portuguese also criticised the Premier League Chairman, Richard Scudamore, for scheduling the start of the 2018/2019 season in the second week of August.
According to him, the early start of the season meant that he was denied the full complement of his squad as majority of the players are yet to fully recover from their World Cup exertions.
I think Mr [Richard] Scudamore must be happy because it’s a good way to start the Premier League. It was a good match with three good teams, in my opinion. A match where I needed six changes not three, [Three] weren’t enough for me. I want to play [Anthony] Martial for [Juan] Mata or Alexis but I couldn’t. Paul Pogba couldn’t play 90 minutes, Fred the same. I needed more changes, but I couldn’t so it was not easy to manage the game from the touchline point of view.
“But I told the players we had very good periods, we had lots of glimpses of the football we wanted to play. Leicester were strong in a few periods of the game, but we coped with that as a team which is also an important thing. The team played as a team in these difficult moments.
“But, of course, in the second half, I had Andreas Pereira and Fred both with a yellow card. Paul [Pogba] was fantastic – his contribution was amazing, but the fuel was disappearing every minute, so we were in trouble and we needed [Scott] McTominay and [Marouane] Fellaini to give me that balance in midfield. But at the same time, I feel I wanted more attack and I feel that Martial coming into the game in the last 20 minutes for Alexis could have given us the second goal to kill the game. But I couldn’t make that change, so it was really hard.
“But the players gave everything, they gave what they had. I told them to give everything they had. You have 10 minutes, you give 10 minutes. Marouane told me he couldn’t give me more than 10 minutes, okay but give me 10 minutes. Everybody did that in a fantastic way.”
Manchester United would next game is an away fixture against Brighton on Sunday, August 19.