Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is facing trouble with BT Sport after his controversial appearance on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday.
It is reported by The Mail that Mourinho could have breached his contract as an ambassador for BT by making an appearance on the Sky Sports show. The Chelsea boss invited himself onto the show to air his grievances with poor refereeing standards.
Mourinho vented his annoyance at the terrible decisions made by Martin Atkinson during the Burnley game and also turned his anger at Sky Sports. He scolded the broadcaster for the way they have portrayed Diego Costa in particular this season, citing their 'Diego's crimes' line and said he nor Chelsea have ever received an apology for their misleading coverage.
Conflict of interests
Mourinho has a lucrative contract with BT that states that he can’t appear on other networks unless his job as Chelsea manager requires it, i.e. Premier League, Champions League, Capital One Cup and FA Cup games that are broadcast on other channels.
BT were probably relishing in Mourinho’s recent refusal to speak to Sky after games but his appearance on Goals on Sunday caused such a stir that BT feel they that might have to take some sort of action to compensate for Mourinho attracting a lot of viewers to a direct rival.
Mourinho reportedly contacted Chris Kamara and invited himself on the show after he was so appalled at some the decisions in Chelsea’s draw with Burnely. He and the club thought it was a good idea to go on the show and discuss it.
Mourinho’s representatives feel that he has done nothing to breach his contract with BT and say that he doesn’t need approval to make personal appearances and in this case he felt that this particular appearance was carried out in the role of Chelsea manager. Chelsea actually own a percentage of Mourinho’s image rights.
Is it all down to ratings?
Another reason that BT are so annoyed about his appearance is that it happened at the same time as their Fletch and Sav show aired. The guest for that show on Sunday was Paul Gascoigne and BT would have expected a considerable amount of viewers for that.
The original Goals on Sunday guest for the show was meant to be James Beattie, but when Mourinho requested to be on the show, Sky immediately cancelled Beattie’s appearance to accommodate the Chelsea boss.
BT probably would have thought their programme with Gascoigne would have been more successful going up against Beattie on Goals on Sunday, especially as no one knew whether or not Mourinho would actually appear right up until the last minute.
Kammy has his say
Chris Kamara said in his Sky Sports column: “I wasn’t expecting him to contact me but he did on Saturday. He was obviously upset by what happened during the Burnley game and he wanted to come on the show and have his say, which I agreed to.
“We knew on Saturday evening this was a huge possibility but until Jose texted me at 9.45am on Sunday morning to say he was in the car and on his way to Sky Studios, there was a small doubt.
“He could have easily changed his mind and decided that he didn’t need to say anything. It’s box office when someone like Jose comes on and we knew the whole world would be interested in what he has got to say. We honestly thought someone may talk him out of it but no, true to his word he came and the floor was his.”