Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson has tipped Chelsea to enjoy years of success under Jose Mourinho, describing The Special One as a ‘winner’.
To cap off an excellent campaign Mourinho was named Premier League Manager of the Season, but wasn’t on hand to collect the accolade on Tuesday night at the Managers’ Association awards ceremony.
Sir Alex commendation
Handing out the achievement was ex-United boss Sir Alex, who of course retired after a glittering career at Old Trafford in 2013, writing his name into managerial folklore in the process. Upon presenting the award in question however Ferguson was more zealous with his praise of Mourinho and his Blues than fans of his former side would have liked.
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"He's a successful man, a winner," Ferguson told the audience, according to ESPN.
"He deserves the award. I thought he had the best squad. John Terry played every game.
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"Champions will always be the ones to beat. Jose knows his squad well. He's settled. It's going to be a very successful few years for Chelsea."
That said that there can be little denying that Mourinho hasn’t been the driving force behind Chelsea’s recent successes, with his tactical mastery and astute signings having come good once more.
The additions of Nemanja Matic, Francesc Fabregas and Diego Costa in particular have proven to be key this term, with each man contributing heavily to the league title win.
Chelsea’s lifting of the Premier League now means that Mourinho has won eight major domestic titles since taking charge of Porto and that comes with a hearty helping of domestic cups and two Champions League triumphs as well. As a result critics are now hard pressed to source a substantial argument suggesting that he isn’t one of, if not the, best coaches in the world.
Mourinho vs Pep
Thus far he’s found an adversary in Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola, who himself is no slouch when it comes to collecting major silverware. Since the retirement of Sir Alex both men have come to the fore with regards to fighting for the unofficial title of the world’s best manager, though - as is the case with all great sporting rivalries - it’s difficult to quantify why each one should be.
What’s abundantly clear is that Ferguson’s prediction about Chelsea enjoying much success in the coming years looks very likely to come to fruition.
The Blues already have a world-class squad based on solid foundations, and though the likes of John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic are both in the latter stages of their careers it would be typical of Mourinho to already have plans in place for their respective replacements.
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