Mourinho ‘uncomfortable’ about Arsenal coach Stuivenberg working with Bale during international break
Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho is uncomfortable about Arsenal coach Albert Stuivenberg working with Gareth Bale during the international break, according to Football.london.
Stuivenberg and Giggs crossed paths when they were both part of Louis Van Gaal’s coaching staff at Manchester United. In 2018, Giggs was appointed the new manager of the Wales national team and Stuivenberg joined his staff.
A year later, he took on a full time role in Arteta’s backroom staff in North London but retained his position with Wales.
Bale joined Tottenham on a season long loan this summer and Mourinho is not happy about the fact that he will work with someone across enemy lines when he links up with Wales. The former Real Madrid attacker was not included in the last Welsh squad but has been recalled for the upcoming games. Giggs will not take charge of these games due to an ongoing investigation but Stuivenberg will go about his role as usual.
Mourinho made it clear that he felt national team coaches should not be permitted to be part of a club’s backroom staff at the same time. He had a conversation with Giggs about the fitness of his players ahead of the previous international break but fears that will not be the case this time around.
On Stuivenberg working with Bale, Mourinho said:
“The fact that one of the coaches is an Arsenal coach does not make me very comfortable. Honestly, it doesn’t make me very comfortable. National team matches should have coaches that work exclusively for them, not coaches who work for other clubs.”