Jose Mourinho is though of by a number of players, coaches, and commentators as one of the greatest and most successful managers in the world. However his professional career was only at the standard of the Portuguese 2nd Division.
There is no doubt about it, he’s a clever guy, having studied sports science in Technical University of Lisbon and attended coaching courses in Britain. In Lisbon, he worked as a physical education teacher and had spells working as a youth team coach, a scout, and an assistant manager.
In the early 1990s, he became an interpreter for Sir Bobby Robson at Sporting CP and Porto in Portugal, and Barcelona.
When Louis van Gaal took over he stayed at Barcelona working and learning along side him.
He had his 1st break managing a top club in 2002 at FC Porto, where he won the Primeira Liga and the UEFA Cup in 2003. In the following season, Mourinho won the Primeira Liga and also the UEFA Champions League. That final was the last game in charge as he moved to the Premier league to manage Chelsea.
The following year Chelsea won their first Premier League title for 50 years with a record 95 points!!
In his second season, Chelsea retained the Premier League.
However he was always seen as ‘Bigger’ than the club which caused a lot of issues with fans. You either loved him or hated him during his press conferences.
“When I go to the press conference before the game, in my mind the game has already started.”
But, in September 2007, amidst reports of a rift with club owner Roman Abramovich he left.
In 2008, Mourinho moved to Italy to manage Inter Milan. That season he won the Supercoppa Italiana and won the Serie A title. “It’s not important how we play. If you have a Ferrari and I have a small car, to beat you in a race I have to break your wheel or put sugar in your tank.” on criticisms of his playing style at Inter Milan.
In 2009/10, Inter became the first Italian club to win the treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia and the UEFA Champions League.
“Why have Chelsea suffered so much since I left? Because I left.”
He is one of only five coaches to have won the European Cup with two different teams, along with Ernst Happel, Ottmar Hitzfeld, Jupp Heynckes and Carlo Ancelotti.
He won the first ever FIFA World Coach of the Year Award in 2010.
Real Madrid for the Special One..!
He then joined Real Madrid in 2010, winning the Copa del Rey in his first season. The following year, he won the La Liga and became the 5th coach to have won league titles in at least four different countries: Portugal, England, Italy, and Spain.
“If the club decide to sack me because of bad results that’s part of the game. If it happens I will be a millionaire and get another club a couple of months later.”
After leaving Madrid in June 2013, Mourinho returned to manage Chelsea for a 2nd spell, some say you should never go back to the original crime scene…but he couldn’t resist…he then went on and won the Premier League title, sadly this came to an end on 17 December 2015 when he left (again..)
He has an amazing knack of deflecting poor performances away from his players and onto him. This was witnessed a lot of times whilst at Chelsea. A great technique and something to have in your armoury.
Man Utd’s love affair with Mourinho
Whatever happens the Premier league will now be a more interesting place. Utd do have a love affair with Mourinho…