Jose Mourinho believes the duo of Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes played a part in him being sacked by Manchester United.
Mourinho came under fire from Scholes and Ferdinand during his final days as United boss in their roles as TV pundits.
And according to the Mail, Mourinho felt the criticism affected the dressing room and made his job almost impossible.
The 55-year-old is also said to have been surprised with some of the off-field departments after taking the Manchester United job.
He believed transport plans were not to the standard while Mourinho was also concerned about some of the hotels they had to stay in.
A source said: “Jose had the utmost respect for Sir Alex Ferguson and (former chief executive) David Gill. He saw them as real football people with experience in the field and knowledge in the corridors of football and power.
“That is what he thought he was buying into when he took the job. He found that was not the case with those who currently run the club.
“He feels the weakness at the top allows former players to have a greater voice.
“If the club was stronger at the top then their negative views would not have such an impact in the boardroom, dressing room or stands.”
The Mail adds that Mourinho is now ‘saddened but philosophical’ after losing his job.
Mourinho was sacked by the Old Trafford giants on Tuesday, and have now appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as the club undergoes a restructuring process and searches for a new full-time manager.
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