Jose Mourinho has told BeIN Sports that he does not agree with the timing of Brendan Rodgers’ move from Scottish champions Celtic to Leicester City.
Rodgers worked under Mourinho at Chelsea as a coach and the duo know each other well. The former Liverpool and Swansea City manager suffered defeat in his first match as Leicester boss.
Watford were 2-1 victors at Vicarage Road on Sunday afternoon. Troy Deeney gave the Hornets the lead, only for Jamie Vardy to equalise with 15 to play. But Andre Gray won the match with an injury-time strike.
Mourinho says that Rodgers has made the right decision in leaving Celtic to join Leicester, but the Portuguese manager stated that his former colleague should have gone in the summer – not now.
“If you are asking whether I am surprised at the move, I would say no,” Mourinho said. “With all due respect, the Scottish Premiership is not the same as the Premier League. Celtic is a giant club, but the Premier League is big.
“If I were in his position, I would take Leicester’s offer of arriving now, and I would say ‘I want to come to you, but not now.’ He should have stayed in Scotland and become a champion again – leaving in the right moment.”
Mourinho is spot on. Rodgers had the chance to create a legacy at Celtic – a third consecutive treble, which has never been done before. Leicester have little to play for, having been knocked out of the Cups.
Staying until the summer and helping Celtic make it eight in a row, and nine trophies from a possible nine domestic competitions would have seen Celtic fans understand his decision to leave.
But leaving the club in top spot and in a strong position in the Cups to join Leicester is a strange decision. Perhaps, a seventh-placed finish and the chance of getting Leicester into Europe would suffice.