Mourinho stresses Blues commitment

first_img “No, it is impossible in football,” he said, when asked if this would be his last club. “Impossible. Modern football, impossible. “I think (Arsene Wenger, who has been at Arsenal since 1996, will be the last to be manager of same club for that period of time). I think so. “I think it is very, very impossible. I think it’s very, very difficult for that to happen.” Whatever happens down the line, Mourinho will forever by synonymous with Chelsea – much like Steven Gerrard at Sunday’s opponents Liverpool. The Blues manager is looking forward to facing his “dear enemy” for one last time before the midfielder starts a new chapter in Major League Soccer with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Mourinho will be looking to ruin the latest stop on his farewell tour, though, and again frustrate Reds boss Brendan Rodgers. The Northern Irishman has come under pressure of late and last week a group of fans flew a plane over Anfield reading ‘Rodgers out, Rafa in’. “Some guy is spending money on the plane,” Mourinho said, laughing at the stunt. “If one plane comes to Stamford Bridges saying ‘Jose Out’ I send a drone! “I think the pressure is the same for everyone, except for the ones that are playing in the mid-table,” he continued. “But the ones fighting for clear objectives – being champions or finish fourth or not relegation – for these people, the last couple of months are very hard. “That doesn’t justify our bad reactions, but the pressure is there for everyone.” The old adage about never going back has seemingly been disproved by Mourinho, with the Portuguese last weekend leading the Blues to a first Premier League title in five years. The league crown complemented March’s Capital One Cup triumph and looks to be just the start of a period of dominance in west London. After fleeting, successful spells at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, Mourinho is ready to put down roots and is committed to Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea for the long term. “That’s what I want. That’s what I want,” he said. “I didn’t say it at Inter because I didn’t want. I didn’t stay at Real because I didn’t want. “I want to stay here. I want to stay here. That is why I say I am in Mr Abamovich’s hands… he has no pressure. “He doesn’t need to give me a contract tomorrow. He doesn’t need to give me more money. “He doesn’t need to be worried that some club is knocking on my door. He doesn’t have to be worried with anything. It’s just him. “When he wants me, I am staying. When he doesn’t want me, I am going. So simple for him, so simple for me.” Mourinho still has two years left on his current deal and many expect that to be extended sooner or later. Certainly few could ever see the Portuguese managing another English side, although he admits there is likely to be another club job after finishing up with Chelsea. Press Association Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants to create a dynasty at Stamford Bridge, but says it is unlikely to be his last job in club management. last_img read more

CSA part ways with chief executive ahead of new T20 league

first_imgJOHANNESBURG, South Africa (Reuters) – Cricket South Africa (CSA) have agreed a mutual separation with chief executive officer Haroon Lorgat after a breakdown in his relationship with the organisation’s board, it was announced yesterday.“We recently tried on a few occasions to remedy the situation between Mr Lorgat and the board, but we have not been successful in finding a satisfactory resolution,” said CSA president Chris Nenzani.“The board unanimously felt that it was in the best interest of the organisation that we agreed to a mutual separation agreement with Mr Lorgat.”His departure comes just weeks before the start of South Africa’s new Twenty20 league, the T20 Global League, which Lorgat had been responsible for setting up. It has yet to announce any television deals, reportedly raising the concern of new franchise owners, many of whom also own teams in the Indian Premier League.Lorgat, 57, was previously chief executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC) where he clashed with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).India objected when Cricket South Africa appointed him as their CEO in mid-2013 and have since twice curtailed tours to the country, resulting in significant financial losses to South Africa.“I would like to thank the board for their wholesome support during my time, especially in my early years at CSA. It is most unfortunate that we must part ways in this manner, but it is the best way forward for CSA,” said Lorgat in a statement.CSA vice-president Thabang Moroe will stand in for Lorgat until a successor is found.last_img read more