Former Chelsea club doctor Eva Carneiro will be offered a role at Charlton Athletic after her legal dispute is settled. The 42-year-old lodged a claim for constructive dismissal against her former employer last week, following the highly publicised row with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho at the end of the first game of the season against Swansea City in August.
According to the London Evening Standard, the Championship strugglers want Dr Carneiro to work with first team physio Erol Umut and club doctor John Fraser. Carneiro was suspended from Chelsea duties after the 2-2 draw with Mourinho publicly criticising her and head physio Jon Fearn when they went onto the pitch to treat Eden Hazard late in the game.
Mourinho called the pair 'impulsive and naive' for running onto the pitch while Chelsea were down to 10 men - effectively leaving them with nine as Hazard had to be taken off and then brought back on. Both were told they were no longer required to sit on the bench with his staff or travel to away matches. Fearn has continued to work at the club but Carneiro has not returned to the club's Cobham training ground.
She then officially quit the club in September and has taken her case to an employment tribunal rather than accept a severance package offered to her by Chelsea. Mourinho was cleared by the FA of using discriminatory language towards Carneiro, but she was critical of the governing body of the investigation.
"I was surprised to learn that the FA was allegedly investigating the incident of 8 August via the press. I was at no stage requested by the FA to make a statement," she said in a statement. "I wonder whether this might be the only formal investigation in this country where the evidence of the individuals involved in the incident was not considered relevant. Choosing to ignore some of the evidence will surely influence the outcome of the findings."
Dr Canriero has received a lot of support from high profile people in football, including Football Association board member Heather Rabbats - who was then investigated for allegedly breaching the FA's code of conduct. The Addicks, currently 23rd in the Championship and without a permanent manager, will not move until Dr Carneiro's case with Chelsea is resolved.