Collymore brands Jose Mourinho a 'chequebook manager'

Mourinho Dugout

Former Liverpool star Stan Collymore has branded Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho a 'chequebook manager'.

Former Liverpool and Aston Villa star Stan Collymore branded Jose Mourinho a ‘chequebook manager’ last night during a debate on talkSPORT over the current Premier League loan system.

Collymore was agitated over the number of players Chelsea have out on loan at the moment, who he feels don’t have a realistic chance of making it into the first team at Stamford Bridge.

“Look at Patrick Bamford, he doesn’t have a home – look at Josh McEachran, ruined, Thibaut Courtois is the exception, Kakuta hasn't played for five years – 26 players is a staggering number,” said Collymore live on air.

“Jose Mourinho, he’s a chequebook manager – He buys in, he doesn’t develop players in the same way as other managers.”

One of the main criticism of the current Chelsea setup is that Mourinho has geared the side towards instant success rather than preparing the next spine of the team and bringing in youngsters to take first team positions and develop.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek had the perfect opportunity to play in the side’s last Champions League group game, when qualification to the last 16 had already been secured, but the boss gave him a few minutes at the end of the match.

Chelsea do have a very open and public habit of investing in the best young talent, perhaps to give themselves a chance of finding the next John Terry, perhaps to guard themselves against a rival team picking up a very good player.

However, they aren’t the only side to use such tactics and one of the main criticisms which has always been made by officials at Barcelona is the way that English teams spend big on teenagers, poaching them from sides all over Europe and potentially affecting their development in the process.

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