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Lille boss angry with Mourinho for taking coaches to Tottenham

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22 Nov 2019
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Christophe Galtier

Lille’s boss, Christophe Galtier does not blame his former employees for leaving. Instead, he believes the issue was not rightly approached.



Christophe Galtier took a swipe at “classy” Jose Mourinho for taking two of his coaches to become part of his new team at Tottenham.

Mourinho was appointed as the new man in charge of Spurs on Wednesday after Mauricio Pochettino and his assistants were sacked.

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United boss moved quickly to arrange his backroom team at Tottenham Hotspur stadium with goalkeeping coach, Nuno Santos and Joao Sacramento both appointed form Lille.

There have been speculations that Mourinho wants sporting director Luis Campos to join him in North London to take up a similar role.

Moreover, Galtier does not blame his coaching staff for taking up a new position. Besides, he made it clear he was not too pleased with the way Mourinho has gone about things.

“Everyone has their way of doing things. It is very classy. Anyway, very classy to act like that.” Said Galtier in ironic tones ahead of Lille’s Ligue 1 clash with Paris St-Germain.

The reactions

“I was angry. The timing is not good. There are ways to do things. Regardless, what matters is that I agree with the decision of the president, Gerard Lopez.

“My president and Luis Campos could not do anything to keep two people who couldn’t stay in this project. On the contrary, we are not in the world of the Care Bears.”

“I learned it by phone from my president on Tuesday night. He told me about the situation. I didn’t see anything coming. We were preparing normally for the match in Paris.”

“He explained it to me and I understood. I would have done the same thing. If the staff want to go to another project, it takes so much investment that if your head is 10 percent elsewhere, you are doomed to failure.”

Likewise, Galtier certainly does not expect Campos to follow his former coaching staff to Spurs though.

“Luis is 200 percent invested in the project at Lille and I don’t see 1000th of a wish to look elsewhere. We are close and looking forward.”

Finally, we leave Lille in a critical situation. The club has to focus on the match with Paris St-Germain and getting new staff.



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