Jose Mourinho is still the firm favourite to replace Louis van Gaal as manager of Manchester United this summer, but his move to Old Trafford could be scuppered by Eva Carneiro.
This is according to the Mirror, who understand that Mourinho’s expected move to United could be thrown into serious doubt depending on what comes out in a potential public tribunal this summer.
Carneiro, who worked as one of Chelsea’s doctors under Mourinho before they fell out at the start of this season, wants a public apology from the revered Portuguese coach. Meanwhile, a settlement between her and Chelsea Football Club has not yet been reached.
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Gibraltar-born Carneiro, 42, appeared at a tribunal hearing in Croydon for her constructive dismissal case against Chelsea on Monday.
After no agreement was reached following a six-and-a-half-hour hearing, a full public tribunal is now expected to take place on June 6.
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Carneiro and Mourinho could be called up in June
Dr Carneiro, who is suing Chelsea for breach of contract and constructive dismissal, will be called to appear as a witness alongside her representatives. Mourinho himself could also make an appearance, while emails and text messages would be made public.
Mourinho was infuriated by Carneiro and her colleague Jon Fearn after they ran onto the Stamford Bridge pitch during a crucial moment of the 2-2 draw against Swansea City on the opening weekend of the 2015-16 Premier League season.
He called the pair "impulsive and naive" after the match, even though they were simply doing their jobs.
Eden Hazard went to the ground and appeared to require medical attention in the closing stages of the match, which he duly received - much to Mourinho’s frustration.
After being unceremoniously dropped from the bench by the Stamford Bridge hero, who was sacked in December, Carneiro would leave Chelsea six weeks later.
Mourinho expected to become United boss
There have been numerous reports that Mourinho has a gentleman’s agreement in place with Manchester United, who are in danger of missing out on a top-four finish this season, over the past few months.
It’s widely believed that the 53-year-old has long-coveted the manager’s job at Old Trafford and United fans are keen for a change following a second underwhelming season under Van Gaal.
But Giggs could still land the job
However, the Mirror reported at the weekend that Mourinho is “resigned” to Ryan Giggs replacing Van Gaal.
Giggs has no managerial experience - with the exception of the four matches he took charge of at the end of the 2013-14 campaign, following the dismissal of David Moyes - and his appointment would be a significant gamble by the United hierarchy.
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