I remember watching Jose Mourinho burst onto the International stage when he was Porto Manager. His team beat Manchester United in the Champions League and Mourinho ran down the sidelines celebrating. Nobody expected it and it was talked about for weeks after. He had the charisma that was missing in football and he was a breath of fresh air.
It seems like most of his success has come from teams that have exceptional players and clubs that have unlimited budgets. He won with Porto but he had Deco, Carlos Alberta and Alenichev. Rafa Benitez won the Champions League with a Liverpool team that did not have the level of players that Mourinho has been blessed with. So having won the Premier League last year it’s highly questionable why the wheels have come off this season.
I have noticed that when his team starts losing, he seems to be unable to turn it around unless his boss offers him fifty million to spend on players. At the very beginning of the season he lost the head at his Physio\doctor Dr Eva. Their was a misunderstanding and his two doctors ran into the pitch to treat a player who was injured. The rule states that only one team doctor must be on the pitch at any given time. Given this mix up, Mourinho went into a foul mouthed rant at Dr Eva and she was subsequently suspended and is now suing Mourinho directly over unfair dismissal.
By all accounts she was close to the players and part of the team. Morale was crushed when she was given her marching orders. Players doubted Mourinho’s decision and since then the club has gone into free fall. He began avoiding media interviews and then started answering in yes and no answers. Silly nonsense from a child is more like. Alex Ferguson never treated the media and fans with such disrespect. You never see Gary Monk, Mark Hughes or Mauricio Pochetino acting in that ridiculous manner. If I saw my boss carrying on like that I would start to question his authority. Players after matches phone each other while driving home and start talking about his tactics, his authority, his decisions and that then starts a virus of negativity in the dressing room.
I have never witnessed a Chelsea side lose to Bourmouth or Leicester. This is shocking stuff and will dent the already sore ego of Mourinho. He was rightly sacked today. I would have wielded the axe months ago. If he wants to be more successful in 2016 he needs to take a good look at himself.
Author John Bowe