Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker claims that Jose Mourinho’s comments about living in a hotel were “selfish”.
Mourinho is still staying at the Lowry hotel and described it this week as a “disaster” as he does not have any freedom.
“For the hotel and the brand that sponsors me, the clothes brand, it is amazing because they are there every day,” he told Sky Sports.
“Everybody knows the name of the hotel! Everybody knows the last arrivals. So for them, it is amazing.
“For me it’s a bit of a disaster because I want sometimes to walk a little bit and I can’t. I just want to cross the bridge and go to a restaurant! I can’t, so it is really bad. I have my apps and I can ask for food to be delivered.
“Buy a house? I do not know. If I find a nice apartment with a good connection from the garage to the apartment, maybe I do it, but I can’t cook!”
‘That was absolute rubbish.
‘It’s very self-centred from Jose and all me, me, me. He says he’s having it difficult, staying in the Lowry hotel and not really enjoying it, that he can’t really walk about because people are going to get in his face and want to talk to him. That’s not the right message to send.
‘I stayed at the Midland Hotel for six months when I first moved to Manchester, but I walked around and loved it. I loved living in the city.
‘I couldn’t believe how nice people were to me in the streets, saying hello and all that. I wasn’t used to that. In Essex if you walked past someone and they said ‘good morning’ you’d think they were some kind of weirdo. But people respected me moving up there and when you went out up there they would still respect your privacy.
‘What he’s said is a bit selfish. He’s got to think of others and where he is now. If you lose a game in the north of England, you can’t just disappear like you can in London. It’s a different feeling and he has to understand that.
‘If it’s better for his family to stay in London then that’s absolutely fine, but he shouldn’t moan about having to stay in a hotel, because there a lot of people who would love the opportunity for just a night in a luxury hotel, never mind living there!’