A former Chelsea player has revealed that he no longer keeps up to date with goings on at Stamford Bridge, and converted back to the team he supported as a club, Manchester United. And it’s all because of United’s ex-Blues manager Jose Mourinho.
Damien Duff made 81 league appearances for Chelsea between 2003 and 2006, many of those under Special One Mourinho. And the winger has expressed his admiration for his former boss, admitting that Mourinho is the best coach he has worked with.
Duff, 38, these days plying his craft at Irish side Shamrock Rovers as a coach, went on to claim that it is because of Mourinho that he is once again a United fan, having stopped when he signed for their Premier League rivals.
‘There was definitely a shift in the mentality once Mourinho had come in,’ Duff told FourFourTwo.
‘There’s no doubt he’s the best manager I ever worked with. He squeezes every last ounce out of you and the training sessions he put on were unbelievable. He had us believing from day one that we would be champions. We ended up steamrollering everyone in that first season – even when we weren’t playing well, we had a belief that we’d still win.
‘Mourinho going to Manchester United has helped to reignite my love for United, I used to support them as a kid, but when I went to Chelsea I stopped.”
Duff won two Premier League titles at Chelsea under Mourinho, before leaving to join Newcastle United in 2006 for £5m.
By Steve Osborne @BlizzardSteve75