The Ego Has Landed
If you thought the shock of being sacked midway through the season at Manchester United was going to humble Mourinho, you were wrong, as his recent appearance on Bein Sports suggested otherwise.
Sat in a studio with Richard Keys and Andy Gray fawning over his every word, backdropped by huge screens with pictures of his past glories and “The Special One” moniker splashed across it, Mourinho remained in denial of his failings.
“When did that reputation [‘parking the bus’] start?” José asked Keys, “When I won La Liga with 100 points, 116 goals and broke all the Spanish league records”. It was a response that felt well practiced. A defensive tick that has become his trademark whenever his methods are questioned. He also couldn’t resist bemoaning his lack of funds compared to the likes of rivals Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola. The taste of sour grapes was palpable.
The rest of the world’s top coaches are adapting to the challenges the modern game brings – social media, player power and more. Meanwhile, Mourinho is recalling past glories to justify his actions in the present.
Don’t Call It A Comeback
But what’s fascinating to us is to see what happens next. Here’s a manager that’s won pretty much everything, and is suddenly left without his positive aura. Rival fans took pleasure in singing “You’re not special anymore” in his last few months at Old Trafford, so it’ll be interesting to see where Mourinho goes from here.
According to the man himself, he’s rejected a number of jobs since leaving Manchester United. But it’s hard to imagine a huge club taking a risk on him after such a high-profile failure. In fact, maybe it’s better for Mourinho to dive into a club without a footballing philosophy so he can impose his will on the team. Paris Saint Germain could be the perfect fit.
Either way, we’re excited to see what the new chapter holds for Mourinho. He’s one of football’s most charismatic people, even when he’s being snippy. So even if his next team are awful on the pitch, we’ll still be here for the Mourinho-inspired drama off it. Come back soon, José.