By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Jose Mourinho has taken yet another swipe at Arsene Wenger by claiming his rival is the only manager in the country who is not under pressure despite results or his personal behaviour.
Mourinho refused to name the Arsenal manager but made it perfectly clear that he considered the Frenchman to be judged by a different set of rules to others in the profession.
“In this country, only one manager is not under pressure,’ said Mourinho. “Every other manager is. I am under pressure, Steve (McClaren) is under pressure, Pellegrini is under pressure, Brendan (Rodgers) too. We cannot be below par. We have to meet the objectives.
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“I have sympathy with all of them, because it’s a difficult job. There’s one outside that list, but good for him. I have sympathy for Steve.”
Asked which manager he was referring to, Mourinho said: “You know. The one who can speak about the referees before the game, after the game, can push people in the technical area, can moan, can cry in the morning in the afternoon, nothing happens.
“He can not achieve, keep his job, still be the king. I say just one.”
The relationship between the two managers has been further strained since Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Arsenal last Saturday, a game in which Gabriel and Santi Cazorla were both sent off for the visitors.
The Brazilian defender has since had his red card rescinded, while Diego Costa has been given a three-match ban for violent conduct after an incident involving Laurent Koscielny.
Mourinho will be without Costa for Saturday’s visit to Newcastle, with either Radamel Falcao or former Magpies striker Loic Remy set to lead the line.