Demba Ba is one of two recent former Newcastle strikers who have left Newcastle and ended up playing for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea – and both didn’t see much playing time and were regularly on the bench in London.
The other one is Loic Remy.
With Jose Mourinho being sacked by Chelsea yesterday afternoon, after they were left one point behind Newcastle in the league table after their 2-1 defeat at Leicester on Monday night, we suppose it’s not too surprising that some former players have voiced their opinion on the Portuguese manager – who has seen enormous success as a manager.
Jose Mourinho and Demba Ba – all smiles at press conference
Ba is now at Shanghai Shenhua who he signed for on a three year deal in the summer and the 30 year-old has said this about Mourinho to French station RMC today:
“I thought Chelsea would continue with Mourinho,” “It’s rare to see Mourinho manage three years at the same team. And this has confirmed that. “
“His methods are exhausting, very tiring. He’s someone who likes to win and when he loses, you could say that the sky comes crashing down on his head.”
“Things get complicated when he loses because he gets annoyed. It looks like his face is overcome with anger, although this is probably not the case in reality. “
“It’s because he is a winner – when he loses, it affects him. This is not bad – he’s proven, he has won an enormous amount of titles.”
“Whether you like him or not, he does not leave you indifferent – though I’m speaking of him as a coach, not a man.”
“He’s not someone who is there to give confidence to his players. He is there to get what he can out of his players.” “He expects you to motivate yourself. If you lack confidence, all he does is put you on the bench.”
You wouldn’t expect a manager to be pleased when they lose – especially if you have such a great record as Jose has in football.
Demba Ba was at Newcastle for a magical 18 months from the summer of 2011 until January, 2013 when he signed for Chelsea for around £7M – via the release clause in his contract.
And in his only full season on Tyneside we finished 5th top and qualified for the Europa League.
During his time at Newcastle he scored 29 goals in 58 appearances for us and was very popular with the fans .
Maybe he’s one of the best free agents we have signed in recent memory.
Ba’s scored 12 goals in 16 games so far in China and in his career Ba’s scored 159 goals in 323 total appearances – a fantastic goal-scoring record – slightly more than one goal in every two appearances.