Rio Ferdinand has explained that a change in body language was largely to blame for Jose Mourinho’s sacking from Manchester United.
Mourinho, who took over at Old Trafford in May 2016, was sacked in December 2018 following a poor start to last season which saw his tenure end with a 3-1 defeat away to Liverpool.
The Portuguese is back in the Premier League with Tottenham, however, and he also made a return to the Champions League on Tuesday as Spurs came from two goals down to win 4-2 against Olympiacos in North London.
Speaking on BT Sport‘s coverage of that match, Ferdinand spoke about how Mourinho’s last top job ultimately ended in disaster.
“He came across very grubby,” the pundit said. “When I first saw Mourinho he was at a rival club but I loved watching him on TV, in his press conferences you would tune in and it’s box office. You loved hearing him speak after games, before games he was insightful, and there was a spark about him.
“Then all of a sudden it has changed to being very miserable, downbeat and grumpy. Players feed off a manager’s charisma and how they promote themselves in the public’s glare, I just thought he was very negative in the way his body language was at the end.”
Tottenham return to Premier League action on Saturday when they play Bournemouth.