Week 45: Prat – Jose Mourinho

by Charlie_East_West on November 8, 2015


Our prat of the week is the not so special one – Chelsea Manager, Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea are in freefall. Another defeat against Stoke (the sort of team that they used to destroy) has left the Premier League Champions hovering precariously just above the relegation zone, and with it, every defeat brings yet more anguish for their ultimate sore loser manager – Jose Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho’s managerial career has up to now, been absolutely incredible. Everywhere he goes, he is successful – albeit with a whiff of cordite attached. Every glittering prize has been won with numerous flounces, spats and touchline bans. But, for every great soundbite, feud and strop, there has been unlimited success.

Someone who is hugely successful is usually forgiven for bad behaviour. Someone who is unsuccessful usually ends up looking like a bit of a dick for exhibiting bad behaviour. It just looks like sour grapes. Occasionally, it looks unhinged. This is where Mourinho is at right now.

Mourinho, just like that doyen of all managers, Sir Alex Ferguson, were always put on a pedestal for their “mind games” during their imperial managerial phases. But now Mourinho is in charge of a team in freefall, the very same “mind games” are simply attributed to “erratic behaviour”.

Every press conference rant, argument with a referee and feud with a Chelsea colleague now looks like a man who is hell-bent on destroying his own specialness, despite his behaviour being no different to what we have witnessed over the last 12 years.

Mourinho is a divisive but compelling character. It is increasingly likely that he will lose his job at Chelsea. The media in particular need to be careful what they wish for. Characters like Mourinho don’t come round very often. Whisper it…if he goes, we will probably miss him when he has gone.

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Geoff Elliott November 9, 2015 at 4:08 pm

While I concur with much of what you say here Charlie I’m struggling to work out the relevance of the Uruguayan flag at the head of the piece. Especially the bite out of the hat. Jose’s from Portugal as far as I’m aware.

It’s Luis Suarez who’s from Uruguay and to my knowledge he’s behaving himself for the time being.


Ray_North November 10, 2015 at 9:45 am

Geoff – I think that might be a ‘image malfunction.’


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