Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is the ideal manager for many players in England and Scotland, according to a poll undertaken by FourFourTwo.
As relayed by The Independent, the popular magazine sampled players from the Premier League, Football League and Scottish Premiership in order to find out just who the most well-respected coach might be. And, causing little surprise, it turned out to be the self-proclaimed Special One, who garnered an impressive 48% of the votes.
Mourinho’s trophy-riddled managerial career so far has him sitting firmly in the top bracket of modern day gaffers, with most believing he’s only competing with arch-rival Pep Guardiola for the title of the best in the world. Indeed the current Bayern Munich boss finished second in that poll, backing up the theory that he is largely considered equal to Mourinho, with 31 percent of the players asked selecting him.
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Somewhat questionably, long-serving Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger only accumulated eight percent of the vote in third, beating Jurgen Klopp and West Ham’s Sam Allardyce by just two percent - they both achieved six percent. Meanwhile England’s international manager, Roy Hodgson, got a poultry one percent of the tally, implying that many players don’t have faith in his abilities.
The Mourinho effect
Fresh from taking home his latest piece of domestic silverware in the form of the Capital One Cup - coincidentally his first after making his Stamford Bridge return - Mourinho is continuing to reinforce the image that wherever he goes glory will follow.
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Though he has his critics - those who suggest he only wins because of the hearty financial backing he’s afforded - few can argue with the statistic that he averages a trophy around every 35 matches, and that could improve if he manages to complete the treble via Premier League and Champions League success later this year.
The best ever?
His ego doesn’t help his likability factor, that’s for sure, but whilst he continues to build sides who take winning well within their stride the frustration of opposition fans will never translate into club chiefs opting not to take him on board.
Having won virtually all there is to win at club level it may soon be time for Mourinho to try his hand on the international scene, with his home nation of Portugal having struggled in recent times. Just when he’ll leave Chelsea remains to be seen of course, and his competitive nature could dictate that he ends up staying in England with a view to capturing Sir Alex Ferguson’s legacy as the greatest Premier League manager of all time.
Football fans, how highly do you rate Mourinho? Will he ever be better than Fergie? Let us know in the comments box below...