Player power: Power lies with players, Ex-Super Eagles defender replies Mourinho
Former Super Eagles Ifeanyi Udeze has said the dynamism of the clause in players’ contract has vested some levels of powers in the players’ hands
Responding to an assertion from Mourinho that the days of the “all powerful manager” was over, Udeze, a 40-capped international, posited that it was nearly impossible with the types of contracts clubs offer players, for power to rest with the coach.
Mourinho, was relieved of his job at United in December, as poor turn of results coupled with a tumult relationships with his top players.
As a guest of BeinSports earlier this week, the Portuguese said, “The time where the manager was the highest point of the club and all-powerful I think is over.”
Udeze, now a pundit with a Nigerian sports radio station Brila FM, could not agree less with the former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager.
He told Brila, “It’s nearly impossible for the coach to be vested with the power with the contracts players sign these days.
“In our days, we only sign contract, that’s all. These days, included in the players’ contracts are the numbers of game time they get. When a coach is now having a problem with a player that signed to play regularly, he would be left with no choice than to play him.”
Mourinho, who pronounced he would be back to managing a top side soon said he would prioritise a club with a structure in his next move.
“The next club I speak with, the first thing I speak about is not the players I want to buy, is not about the budget, it’s what you give in terms of structure,”
Udeze, a former West Bromich Albion, Paok and AEK Athens defender adduced that irrespective of the structure, the players will be in charge of power.
“If you terminate a coach’s contract, you will pay him to leave, same as a player. But you have one coach, and about 30 to 40 players,
“So, instead of letting go of the 40 players, you will rather let the one coach go,”