Eight league titles, two Champions Leagues and seven domestic cups, all achieved in the space of just 12 years; four abysmal months of management does not make Jose Mourinho a poor manager.
Despite a difficult start to the season that resulted in his sacking as manager of Chelsea, Mourinho is still the Special One.
The Portuguese coach can feel hard done by that he took the blame for the Blues' poor form. His players let him down, and whilst some of them grew to dislike him, that's no excuse for their dour performances.
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The fact of the matter is Mourinho did all he could to succeed at Chelsea this season, but to no avail.
This was just one small failure in the 52-year-old's magnificent career so far. Even his second spell at Chelsea had been a success, leading the Blues to their first Premier League title in five years last May.
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He still has the sort of tactical nous that most managers can only dream of. In his first season back at Stamford Bridge, he steered Chelsea to a 2-0 win away at Liverpool to end the Reds’ title hopes followed by a masterclass of counter-attacking football against Manchester City.
For whichever club that eventually employs Mourinho, he comes with a priceless knowledge of football and winning pedigree, having won league titles in all four countries he has managed in.
At Porto, the Portuguese took an inexperienced side not only to the league title, but to Champions League glory too. Since his exit, they have failed to progress past the quarter-finals.
It was a similar story in Italy, where the self proclaimed 'Happy One' took Inter Milan to the Champions League title. In doing so, he took a team out of Serie A - a league at its weakest point for years - and made them Europe’s best team.
There are very few, if any, other managers in the history of football who would have been able to achieve such feats. There is hardly a club in Europe that would say no to having Mourinho as their next manager.
The 52-year-old has been heavily linked with the Manchester United job, replacing the under-fire Louis van Gaal, but he might not be the man the Red Devils need.
Mourinho isn't one to implement the all-out attacking style of football that fans demand at Old Trafford, nor is he a particularly popular figure at the Theatre of Dreams after his infamous touchline celebration whilst managing Porto in 2004.
There is no doubting Mourinho is still capable of these magical moments in football, and whichever club he ends up at, he will always be the 'Special One'.
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