Jose Mourinho brings a large amount of entertainment to the Premier League, there is no doubt about that. His press conferences, touchline antics and successful track record make for an explosive mix of shock and awe. Sir Alex Ferguson, the former Manchester United manager, said this of Mourinho:
"I would never think a guy who hasn’t played a game could be a top coach, but then you’ve got to look at his personality, I think his personality does it.
"He’s got a marvellous, strong personality and I think that bridges that gap.”
The world is full of 'marvellous' people who have crossed the line between exciting marvel to crazy liability. It doesn't take long to pull a list of names together; starting with one Miley Cyrus and working your way towards those incredible scenes at the end of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final with Zinedine Zidane. However, luckily for Zidane, his moment of insanity came at the end of a glittering career. Can the same be said for Mourinho?
A couple of things worth noting; firstly Mourinho is one of the games greatest ever coaches. A non-stop train of success across four of the modern games most competitive leagues and two UEFA Champions League medals.
Secondly, Chelsea are not performing badly, or even close to badly. By historical standards they have had a difficult start, but they are fifth and only six games of the season have been played. However, signs are beginning to show that maintaining the persona of 'the Special One' is providing a heavy weight on his shoulders.
Mourinho appears to constantly maintain his persona of 'the boss'. It seems in order to preserve his authority he has taken to destroying the careers of his clubs very best players; Juan Mata and Iker Casillas are the obvious victims.
Casillas in particular is a standout example of Mourinho taking down a club icon. Since the current run of FIFA console games Casillas has often been every player's first point of call for a goalkeeper, he is idolised amongst Real Madrid fans and is also a rare youth team product.
You can even see how Mourinho needs to control those he trusts most, his backroom staff. Andre Villas Boas (so reports would have us believe) only wanted to take a step forward in his budding career at Inter Milan. But, his master was not willing, and it wasn't in tune with Mourinho's plan, so the relationship came to a bitter end.
That bitter end to the relationship must have surely played a part in Mourinho's hijacking of the Willian transfer during the summer. Another shout down to his old apprentice that he is still in charge. However, Willian has been hardly used, Mata has been disregarded and amongst the talented collection of attacking players there is only two candidates for the striker role.
This raises two interesting questions; why buy Willian and why loan out Romelu Lukaku? Mourinho for so long has been the genius at building all conquering squads even amateur armchair managers can see the flaws in this plan.
Despite the odd ins and outs and the strange amount of players who can play in one position the squad appears to be relatively harmonious. Or is it? Kevin de Bruyne has been axed just two Premier League starts into his Chelsea career, and one of those performances had Jamie Redknapp claiming "Kevin de Bruyne looks a player who can make an impact on the new Chelsea".
So are the signs there that Jose Mourinho is crumbling under the pressure of being 'the Special One'. By trying to push this Chelsea team too quickly in the direction it was already going previously under Rafa Benitez, trying to settle too many scores and his normal explosive dramatic behaviour he is becoming a liability. Or more interestingly 'the Nutty One'.
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