Dear Chelsea fans, now is probably a good time to stop reading and skip straight to the comments section. Go on...do it now. For the rest of the more 'neutral' football fans, I want to discuss my opinion on why, although an incredibly successful manager, José Mourinho will drag your club through the mud and leave a huge pile of manure to the successor to clear up.
Us against the World
José has a refreshingly simple attitude to managing a football club; whatever it takes to win. Throughout his managerial history, the first thing he'll do, via the media, is create this sense of it's **Insert Club Here*** against everyone, be it the media, the fans, the governing footballing associations, a particular player in the squad, the Pope, my mum, Rob Swan, Aliens...I could go on all day. What this does do, is create a team spirit, a desire to concentrate and run their hearts out for 90 minutes for their teammates.
However, there are serious long term repercussions to this style of 'mental warfare'. The players, the fans and most importantly, the chairman, suffer from a type of mental fatigue; everyone get's bored with José.
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If you've followed football for a while, you'll know the back story behind Mourinho's appointment to Chelsea. What subsequently followed was Mourinho single handedly building Chelsea's history.
He spent a lot, but won almost everything in his first stint. He also managed entertain the masses, not with his bland, defensive football, but with is media antics. My personal favourite was accusing Arsene Wenger of being a "Voyeur" - which is an obscene thing to say to a fellow professional.
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But what happened in the end? Despite all the success he accumulated with Chelsea, Abramovich dispatched him at the first opportunity. Everyone was bored of José. Bored of singing overpriced talent, bored of the defensive football, bored os the same old distraction game he'd play in every press conference.
It didn't take long for another (at the time) top European side to bring José. Backed again by the owners, JM spent a lot of money creating his style of team in Italy. This culminated in a Champions League and domestic league triumphs.
However, what's more important, is what's happened to Inter since. It would be extremely unfair to pin all of Inter's troubles on Mourinho, however overspending to achieve his success is definitely a point to be made.
What is this idiot prattling on about? Real Madrid was the clearest example that the toxic environment Mourinho creates isn't sustainable. He was brought in to challenge Guardiola and possible the greatest team of our generation. What was Mourinho's tactics?
To reduce his superstars to kicking Lionel Messi. Xabi Alonso replaced his title of 'Pass Master' to 'cynical trip on the half way line king'. Against Ajax in the Champions League, he was fined by UEFA for instructing Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso to get tactical second yellow cards.
He eventually won La Liga, but his triumph was short lived. Soon after, he managed to annoy the majority of his players and lost the fan base and was politely pushed back to Chelsea.
Which leads us to today. Chelsea are top of the Premier league and are by far the clear favourites to win the league. However, he's already no longer the media darling. Complaining about the 'campaign' against Chelsea. The free-flowing football that propelled them to the top of the table has reverted to the old boring stereotype and yet again, he's ruining players' careers.
I give it one more season before the special is found out for the negative overlord force that he is.
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