Pair to face off tomorrow after Dec 30th postponement

          Parker & Mourinho clash over rearranged game

          2021/01/12 14:23
          Connor Andrews

          In what may become a common theme this season, opposing managers Jose Mourinho and Scott Parker have expressed completely contrasting views as the Premier League has arranged their postponed December fixture to take place tomorrow at short notice.

          The game scheduled for December 30th was originally postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the Fulham squad with Tottenham only finding out hours before, with the team waiting at their training ground to travel.

          At the time Spurs boss Mourinho took to Instagram in typically canny fashion saying, “Match at 6 pm... We still don’t know if we play. Best league in the world.”



          But with Tottenham’s match this midweek with Aston Villa becoming another Covid casualty, the Premier League have decided to fill the free spot on Wednesday with the postponed Fulham game, much to Scott Parker’s disappointment.

          The Fulham boss said, “The possibility of playing Spurs on Wednesday came on Saturday. We didn't think that was realistic and we were informed Monday morning at 9.30. To confirm that on Monday morning is scandalous.

          “It's not about the fixture. The fixture is - to be honest with you - that's fine I accept that we have to play but it's the notice.

          “Maybe people in these places don't understand how you manage teams and how you manage players but you're constantly working out well in advance, and the decisions that I would have made or we would have made - whether that's against QPR or players that are just coming back”

          But Mourinho, when informed of Parker’s comments in his pre-match press conference quickly fired back by saying, “Are you serious? I had the news I was not going to play them two hours before the game started.”

          Mourinho continued, “The biggest impact is to have matches postponed. That is the biggest impact. The changing of the order of the matches, the impact is minimal I would say.

          “In the end you have to play 19 matches at home and 19 away, and two matches against every team. So if it is to help the Premier League, it's a solution we all have to accept as a positive solution.”

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