Chelsea: Dr Eva Carneiro leaves the club to be with her media career
Farewell, then, Dr Eva Carneiro, who has reportedly left Chelsea. Carneiro was the highest-profile woman in the backroom staff at any Premier League club, joining Chelsea in 2009 and promoted to first-team duties by André Villas-Boas. She is also the only club doctor to have had her name chanted from the stands.
Readers will recall that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was upset when Dr Eva and Jon Fearn, the physiotherapist, ran on the pitch to treat Blues’ winger Eden Hazard, leaving the team with just nine players to defend after Thibaut Courtois’ sending off in the draw with Swansea on August 8.
Mourinho stopped Dr Eva and Fearn’s first-team duties, and banned her from the bench, training sessions and the team hotel.
Carneiro was scheduled to return to work last Friday, but hasn’t yet arrived.
The Gibraltar-born doctor has not worked for the club for six weeks. But Cheslea should hear form her soon because the Times says she’s preparing to take legal action against the club.
Carneiro could yet agree to a severance package that would spare both herself and Chelsea the public glare of a court case, but has been advised that she has a strong case for constructive dismissal as a result of her treatment by José Mourinho… Fearn was also demoted from the first team, but Mourinho has been accused of singling out Carneiro for personal criticism by referring to her gender after the Swansea game. “Even if you are a kit man, doctor or secretary on the bench, you have to understand the game,” Mourinho said. “You have to know you have one player less and when you go to the pitch to assist a player, you have to make sure your player has a serious injury.”
Fearn has continued to work at Chelsea’s training ground throughout the past six weeks.