We could hazard a bet that hardly anyone outside of supporting Chelsea had heard of Marco Ianni before the weekend. Now if feels the world has after he ran up to Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho and gestured and pumped his fists as he saw his side claim a last minute equaliser.
Was it wrong to do so? Of course it was 100%. Ianni showed his lack of etiquette- something that Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was quick to point out. Ianni made what is referred so much in football as a ‘schoolboy error’. But should he lose his job over upsetting Mourinho? Absolutely no way. Had he touched or attacked Mourinho it would be a completely different matter, but that wasn’t the case. What he did was not right but it was in no way worth a sacking, which ex football player Phil Neville has suggested.Neville of course used to play for Manchester United and so his comments seem a little biased.
This is what Neville had to say about the incident. “Whoever that staff member is of Chelsea has just been an absolute disgrace. No class, no humility. He’s gone straight into the face of Jose Mourinho, Michael Carrick and the Manchester United bench and just celebrated in their face. Absolutely disgraceful. He’s [Mourinho] the innocent one in all this. The guy on the Chelsea bench has run straight past him, celebrated in his face. Sarri celebrates. Then it’s this guy here who goes in front of Jose Mourinho. The first one he clenches his fist, and then as he goes back he celebrates again right in front of him. Disgraceful. If I was Maurizio Sarri I’d send that guy in and sack him from the club.”
Ianni, 36 won’t be getting the sack anytime soon as Sarri has spoken to him countless times after the incident and the fact that Ianni himself apologised to Mourinho after the game would have confirmed this. Ianni has worked under Sarri for two years also at Napoli and the two have a strong relationship. Neville’s comment seem knee jerk reaction and wrong. We can all make haphazard mistakes, are some are not nearly as bad as others.
Imagine for example Sarri himself had done exactly what Ianni had done? Would anybody realistically be calling for Sarri to be sacked? What Neville has done is undermine Ianni’s job, he has made one silly error, and in no case here should we be going down Phil Neville’s route of thinking.