Over the years Chris Kamara has forged friendships with all manner of personalities across football.
But the much-loved Sky Sports presenter probably got more than even he bargained for when he picked up the phone one Saturday evening – to none other than Jose Mourinho.
Kammy has become best-known for his enthusiastic presence as a stadium correspondent on Soccer Saturday, but also previously hosted popular programme Goals On Sunday.
Various football figures have adorned the sofa on the latter show in years gone by, though Mourinho’s appearance had an ulterior motive.
“Jose Mourinho on the sofa was a highlight although he wasn’t in the best of moods,” Kamara told Mirror Football . “I got a phone call from him on a Saturday night saying he wanted to come on.
“They [ Chelsea ] had played Burnley that day and he was complaining about a few incidents within that game and he felt that referees weren’t being kind to his team so he wanted to put the record straight on Goals On Sunday.”
Sky were naturally delighted to have the master of mind games on their show, though it put Kammy in an awkward spot.
“It was so hard for me because Sean Dyche is a mate of mine and Jose was a mate of mine and I wouldn’t compromise that friendship by siding with one or the other, so I basically left Ben Shepherd in the lurch that day and took the easy option!
Speaking to Mirror Football exclusively on behalf of Karcher , he added: “Jose’s got to say what he wants to say, the same way that Sean would give his opinion on what happened on that day.”
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Kamara was more than well-placed to lead discussions on the sofa with players and managers, having build up strong connections with a number of them through his regular attendance at matches on Soccer Saturday’s ‘Kamara cam’.
“I was the first one to do it [be filmed at matches] and that was me then sorted so I was quite happy and it kept my relationship with the game, managers I knew.
“I’d go and see Harry Redknapp, Roy Hodgson, Alex McLeish, Terry Venables back in the day. All these people that I knew, go and have a cup of tea with them before kick-off, David Moyes, Big Sam [Allardyce], [Peter] Reidy when he was involved.
“It was great and it was great for Goals On Sunday as well because I was there at the grounds and able to speak to the players and managers and you were able to build a relationship with them.”
Sadly for Kamara, the programme was axed back in August as part of a big shake-up by Sky bosses to rejuvenate their football coverage.
At the same time Soccer Saturday was also undergoing another overhaul, as three of the regular pundits: Matt Le Tissier, Phil Thompson and Charlie Nicholas, were all replaced.
It brought to an end a long-term association with the show for the trio, as well as breaking up the close-knit group of friends.
“It was brilliant, we used to meet up on a Friday because I was always doing southern games at that time because Goals on Sunday was still around,” Kammy said. “We had great team bonding I should say. We all just got it.
“Any decent programme, it gets to a stage where you have to watch it. We got ourselves in that situation at various times with Jeff [Stelling] and the boys over the years. It’s a shame that Charlie, Thommo and Le Tiss left, but I’ve seen it before.
“Nothing lasts forever but it was great while it all lasted.”
When asked what he thought about his own future at Sky, Kamara replied: “I’ve got another year on my contract but that doesn’t mean anything. If somebody decides enough is enough I could be next, who knows. I don’t take anything for granted.”
Over the years Kammy has also appeared frequently on the Soccer AM show, which is now hosted by ex-Fulham star Jimmy Bullard, and the pair recently faced off in a challenge for Karcher during lockdown as shown in the video above.
“They said to me and Jimmy, head to head on an obstacle course with a football thrown in, a challenge to see who could win and I think I battered him to be honest!”
“The only thing from my point of view, although my sons absolutely love it, is you can use it with an app so I have to get them to switch it on.
“Unfortunately an old dinosaur like me is still trying to get up to speed in this world and still needs his kids to help him out!”
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