Carlo Ancelotti believes Jose Mourinho lost his job at Chelsea because he failed to motivate his players.
Mourinho was relieved of his duties at Stamford Bridge last week following a disastrous start to the Premier League campaign which saw them languish just above the relegation zone in 15th position.
The Portuguese has been linked with an immediate return to management with Manchester United, who are reportedly weighing up whether or not to sack Louis van Gaal. Ancelotti, who will replace Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich this summer, insisted Mourinho paid for not motivating his playing staff at Chelsea.
“That is the most difficult job for a coach because within a group, both one that is doing well and one that is doing badly, there are always problems to resolve,” Ancelotti said.
“When things are going well, there is a risk of relaxation; when things are going badly, obviously there is a loss of confidence. The coach must always keep a good balance in that sense, lifting the confidence levels particularly when things don’t seem to be working.
“It’s a little of this that Mourinho paid for, the fact that the team had not started like last year, when they had a tremendous desire to do well after a bad year.
“This year it was exactly the opposite; he paid for the lack of motivation among the players.”
Van Gaal is currently struggling to motivate his players at Old Trafford and it remains to be seen if Mourinho is up to the task if he does end up taking over at Man United.
Mourinho’s reputation certainly took a hit this season but his merits as a manager cannot be in question. United face a crucial decision in the coming weeks which may well impact their chances of success in the next few years.