Monday, 28 March 2016

Super Eagles Captain Mikel Obi Chastises former coach Jose Mourinho

Super Eagles New captain John Mikel Obi has once again chastise former coach Jose Mourinho, saying the coach did not believe in his abilities during their latter days together at the Club.

Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in December after the club found itself in the relegation zone with the Portuguese using Mikel in only made five Premier League games. 

However after Mourinho’s departure – interim boss Guus Hiddink – has used the midfielder a lot more. Mikel has turned out 13 times in the league under Hiddink and credits the Dutchman for showing faith in his abilities. 
“I think confidence is everything, if a manager doesn’t believe in you, trust me there’s no way you can succeed,” Mikel told Goal.

He said: “Even if you do things right he would always make sure he finds fault. People change in any walk of life, maybe he decided he wanted to do better in a different way and he didn’t need me any more. “He didn’t have the belief that he had in me before, which is fine because every manager has the player that they have trust in.”

Mikel suggested Hiddink believes in him more than his competitors in the Chelsea team: “It is a tough business, football, so when a manager comes in he wants to have people he believes in. 

“If he doesn’t believe in you he doesn’t play you. And I think it’s all about a manager giving a player confidence.” 

Mikel, who took over the mantle of on-field leader for the Super Eagles from Ahmed Musa is currently on international duty with Nigeria.


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