Date: 22nd May 2014 at 2:32am
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The press is awash with reports that Cameroun striker Samuel Eto’o has labelled Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho a “puppet” days after referring to the Special One as a “fool” for the crime of daring to suggest to French TV, Canal+ that he is older than his official age of 33.

“Contrary to what a puppet says ? I am still physically fit,” he said in an interview with the Confederation of African Football website amongst other childish comments not worth quoting here, which would certainly signal his imminent acrimonious departure from SW6 with his integrity further taking a nosedive and his Stamford Bridge bridges unnecessarily burnt.

No one knows for sure if the age shenanigans is the only difference between the pair, and why it would draw the player’s ire so much to warrant aiming personal insults upon insults at someone who brought him to Chelsea and with whom he won the Champions League whilst at Inter Milan, but one more thing looks entirely certain to me in this farce, at least in hindsight: bringing the washed up Eto’o from Anzhi Mackhachkala to Chelsea was the one mistake Mourinho has made in his stellar managerial career.

Thus, while I also feel Eto’o has something about his true age he’s not telling the world and is probably embarrassed his boss suspected and was inadvertently caught on camera telling his reasoned suspicion, here’s hoping the Happy One learns from his mistakes.