Metro Sport ReporterThursday 15 Oct 2020 2:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link335Shares Arsene Wenger admits ‘very personal’ rivalry with Jose Mourinho got out of control Comment Advertisement Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho had a feisty relationship (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)Arsene Wenger admits that his rivalry with Jose Mourinho was ‘very personal’ during his time in charge at Arsenal and that it got out of control at times.The two managers had a feisty relationship during Mourinho’s two spells in charge of Chelsea and while Wenger was amid his epic stint as Gunners boss.There were memorable comments, especially from the Portuguese, who labelled Wenger a ‘voyeur’ because of Mourinho believed the Frenchman was obsessed with him, and cut still deeper when he called his rival a ‘specialist in failure.’It was not one-way traffic in terms of insults, with Wenger responding to the ‘voyeur’ comment with a barb of his own: ‘He’s out of order, disconnected with reality and disrespectful. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes and not more intelligent.’Things even got physical between the two men when they squared up on the touchline at Stamford Bridge in 2014 and had to be pulled apart.Wenger admits he always regretted the physical and verbal altercations, which went too far, but says he only has respect for Mourinho these days.‘That was sometimes very personal and a little bit out of control,’ Wenger told talkSPORT of his relationship with the Special One.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘The problem is you go into a game and already have resentment because of what has been said in press conferences, so nine times out of 10 you hate the guy on the other bench and keep control of it.‘But sometimes it goes overboard. Once or twice with Jose Mourinho it got out of control, but after the game you regret it because you cannot afford that.‘It creates a big interest from people as well.‘But after a while it becomes normal again and the respect comes back for each other, because you are in this job for a long time and at the end of the day suffer altogether.’Mourinho has attempted to put the feud to bed in the past as well, telling Sky Sports in 2018: ‘If he respects me even 50 per cent of what I respect him we can even be friends in the future. ‘I have lots of respect for him.’MORE: Mikel Arteta responds to Arsene Wenger claiming Mesut Ozil is ‘wasted’ at ArsenalMORE: Mikel Arteta keen for Arsene Wenger to return to ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement
SURINAME’S Vice-Director at the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs Kenneth Jaliens and The Netherlands Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) Instructor Andre Simmelink yesterday paid a courtesy call on Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge.The duo spent the last week with 26 football coaches from around Guyana, helping to develop their skills both on and off the field.The Government, through the National Sports Commission (NSC), is benefiting from the training provided by the Government of the Kingdom of The Netherlands through the World Coaches and International Social Programme of the KNVB. The week-long training programme concludes today.Minister Greenidge noted that Jaliens and Simmelink’s visit was rather timely as the country was in need of assistance in sports, especially in areas such as football.“The lack of equipment needs to be urgently addressed; because of the number of young Guyanese this is an issue here. Systems must be in place to raise morale and provide opportunities to develop their skills at sports,” Minister Greenidge said.During the week-long training programme, Simmelink found while the coaches were open to learning new methods, he understood the challenges they faced with the lack of equipment. “In this situation, it is better to play smaller groups to facilitate more complex playing and decision-making in the field,” he explained.Simmelink shared that while the training focused on developing coaching methods on the field, yesterday the coaches also participated in an exercise to demonstrate their ability to impact players beyond football. “You are more than a coach,” Simmelink said. “You can influence players by addressing problems and social issues that they have.”Diplomatic relations between the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and The Kingdom of the Netherlands were established on May 15, 1970.