Jose Mourinho's constant struggle for long term consistency

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Jose Mourinho has had an illustrious career, glittered with nine domestic titles, a UEFA Champions League, a UEFA Cup (now the Europa League), and 11 domestic cups.

He has scaled the heights of Europe with four different clubs consisting of Portuguese giants Porto, the Galacticos of Real Madrid, a stern reign at once Italian super-club Inter Milan and finally, two separate spells at his current club Chelsea.

But there is one thing missing from his record, and that’s an empire. It takes true determination to become a managerial great, and when you look at the successes and popularity of Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, they both have one thing in common - trust.


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Over his 26-year reign at Old Trafford, Sir Alex had several successful squads filled with players. But one of the key factors to his long lasting success was the ability to judge his players.

He knew when they weren't fit enough, he knew when they needed a rest, and he wasn't afraid to make a big call. In the five years of dominance that saw United reach three UEFA Champions League finals and win four Premier League titles, it was clear that Ferguson knew his squad well.

During this period, you rarely saw the same 11 players fielded together on the pitch each week, and it was this simple tactic that saw United dominate for such an extended amount of time.

Last season, as Chelsea marched onto a league and cup double, their team was rarely altered. John Terry played every single minute of their campaign and figures such as Cesc Fabregas, Hazard, Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa would have matched that record were it not for injuries and suspensions.

It seems as if Mourinho's lack of trust in players lower down the hierarchy at Chelsea is taking its toll on his first-team. So far this season, they have looked lethargic, lazy and lackadaisical, losing seven of their 12 games played, compared to a staggering three throughout last year.

There's more. In his third season at clubs he has managed in the past, the result is always the same - failure.

In his time at Real Madrid he was criticised for the overuse of players in the wrong position, leaving fans in outrage as he refused to part with his stubborn ways.

His egotistical style of management leaves many entertained, and equally as many in awe, however, he gathers large amounts of criticism in the meantime.

In recent weeks, he was reported to have pushed a teenager in a street as he was merely trying to get a video of the 'Special One,' ranting obscenities at a referee earning him stadium bans and fines, not to mention the phenomenal stir he has caused in the removal of Eva Carneiro from his backroom staff.

So as the season starts to get in full swing and the story of Mourinho's crisis unfolds quicker and quicker, the one question is not when will he be sacked, not who will replace him, it is simply: how is he going to get himself out of this mess he has created?

With an increase in highly important fixtures coming up over Christmas, and the lurking January transfer window ready to pounce on us, expect to see outrageous stories, dramatic twists and the odd transfer saga on the horizon.

Over to you, Jose.

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