Jose Mourinho must alter his behaviour if he is to continue to manage at some of the biggest clubs in world football.
The Portuguese was sacked on Thursday just days after Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, with the defeat a ninth from 16 Premier League matches.
His bitter departure from Stamford Bridge comes less than three years after he left Real Madrid in similarly strained circumstances, and with a managerial merry-go-round set to commence it will be interesting to see where he ends up.
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Mourinho’s exit is no surprise given the worst few months of his managerial career that has now left him out of a job.
Despite waltzing to the league title back in May, things have changed drastically since and from the first day of the season onwards, harmony has been in short supply at the home of the champions.
It was the feud with Eva Carneiro, the decision to hook John Terry off at half-time during an emphatic 3-0 defeat to Manchester City and a failed bid for John Stones that gave him a mountain to climb so early on.
Things then gradually grew worse, with infrequent victories ultimately being a false dawn rather than the start of a revival. Arguments with Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, the club’s two most talented players, did not help either.
Roman Abramovich’s decision to allow the Special One to leave means Mourinho has now left his past two clubs with his reputation on the line and criticism coming in its droves.
It is common knowledge that he lost the dressing room whilst at Madrid, with experienced players such as Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas infuriated by his guerrilla tactics and decision to follow his own philosophy rather than that belonging to the club.
That experience left him notably jaded. Paranoia and hostility to the media that was brewed in England, born in Italy and then blossomed in Spain took its toll upon his return. Even when Chelsea were winning, he scowled more than he did smile.
Pep Guardiola looks set to leave Bayern Munich, Carlo Ancelotti remains on the market (for now) and now Mourinho will be available to whichever club dare risk bringing him in.
Paris Saint-Germain could be his next destination, particularly with Laurent Blanc’s future at the club relying on how far they get in the Champions League, as could a shock move to Manchester United if they part company with his old friend Louis van Gaal.
It has always been rumoured that Mourinho wanted the United job. His CV remains outstanding but the words that come out of his mouth may jeopardise his chances of ever sitting in the same dugout as Sir Alex Ferguson.
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