Has The Mourinho Hype Train Finally Derailed?
February 21, 2018 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan

After Manchester United’s defeat to Newcastle, in there last Premier League outing, José Mourinho looked fed up. In fact, ever since taking the reins at Manchester United in 2016 José’s seemed fatigued by the day to day scrutiny of being a Premier League manager.

So, is the hype train that started chugging along at speed, all those years ago, about to derail? Well, to find out, we really must go back to where it all began for José.

A Whirlwind Arrival

On March 9th 2004, Porto scored a last minute equaliser against Manchester United knocking them out of the last 16 of the Champions League.

Football fans still fondly remember this moment today. It was the moment José Mourinho, a lesser known manager from Portugal, first entered the English footballing consciousness with his over the top celebration.

porto-celebration

For football fans at the time, this was as novel a celebration as you were likely to see a manager take part in. Of course, it’s become the norm these days, with the likes of Jürgen Klopp running up and down the touchline every time Liverpool win a corner, but I’m getting off topic.

José’s celebrations continued, as Porto went on to win the Champions League that season. Exactly one week later, Mourinho was announced as the new manager of Chelsea. José was a journalist’s dream. I mean, the man referred to himself as “The Special One” in his very first press conference.

chelsea-1

He was a breath of fresh air to English football with his arrogance and willingness to upset the veteran managers in Alex Ferguson and, the original new age manager, Arsène Wenger.

Non-football fans loved him and Mourinho basked in the glory as his Chelsea side, who let’s not forget had money to burn thanks to oil tycoon Roman Abramovich, won back to back league titles and it seemed like the era of Man United’s domination was finally over.

Hype Train Status: Full steam ahead.

A Sign Of Things To Come

In Mourinho’s third year at Chelsea, the 06/07 season, we began to see a side of him that we’d yet to see. One that we’d eventually get to know very well over the coming years, José – “The Passive Aggressive One”. José had become resentful of the fact that Abramovich was starting to interfere in transfer deals and his demeanour on the sideline and in press conferences changed completely.

After a poor 06/07 season, where despite winning two cups, Mourinho was beginning to feel the pressure. After a poor start to the following season, José eventually left Chelsea by “mutual consent” in September 2007. He didn’t jump straight back into management after leaving Chelsea, but instead took a few months out before resurfacing in Italy in June 2008, looking refreshed and like the Mourinho of old.

José turned around the fortunes of a struggling Inter Milan side winning back to back Scudetto’s and a Champions League during his time in Italy. Mourinho was once again the hottest manager in the world and he was absolutely loving it.

mourinho-sneijder

With all the clubs in the world to pick from, José next opted to move to Spain and to Real Madrid to help Los Blancos end their barren run in the Champions League.

Hype Train Status: Back on course after a slight delay

Hala Madrid!

On paper, it seemed like the perfect match. The arrogant Mourinho would join up with the biggest brashest club in Spain, spearheaded by his fellow countryman, the equally arrogant Cristiano Ronaldo.

Mourinho decided that the best way for Madrid to win trophies under his watch was simple – create as much controversy as possible. A tactic of criticising his rivals and hoping that opposing players would become distracted by all the noise he created.

Instead, only Madrid players were distracted by these antics which led to his Madrid team winning just two trophies during his three year spell in charge at Madrid. It was obvious by his final season at Madrid, that Mourinho had made his mind up and a return to English football was on the cards.

With the news that Ferguson would be staying at United, Mourinho started making romantic eyes at his old employers. The Pensioners, at the time, were looking to hire their 7th manager since his departure in ’07.

A return to Chelsea was done deal for the following season. But little did José know that in May 2013, Sir Alex Ferguson would announce his decision to retire as Man United manager at the end of the season.

Hype Train Status: Still on the tracks, however, getting a bit shaky.

Return To The Bridge

José had already made his bed again at Chelsea and looked on resentfully as David Moyes got the job he felt he deserved. This resentment, coupled with the disappointment over his time in Spain, seemed to be getting to Mourinho. By all accounts, it was a very different Mourinho that returned to West London in 2013.

chelsea-3

The funny quotes and somewhat endearing arrogance seemed to be gone and the breath of fresh air, that we’d all grown to love, was no more. What returned was a man who felt aggrieved by the fact he’d returned to his former club and had to conquer it all again.

Mourinho didn’t enjoy immediate success at Chelsea and explained why the 13/14 season was a transitional season for the club. During his second season in charge, José finally seemed to get it right and put a strong side together. It encompassed a sturdy defence led once again by John Terry and a forward line led by Diego Costa and Eden Hazard. José had done it again.

costa-hazard

However, despite this, Mourinho’s sullen demeanour was beginning to become very grating on football fans and ultimately Chelsea players. After an embarrassing beginning to the season which saw José heavily criticise Chelsea physio Eva Carneiro for entering the field of play despite being summoned to by the referee. Mourinho continued to criticise Carneiro in the weeks after as his Chelsea side continued to lose, of course this was all a ploy by Mourinho in order to distract people from the cracks in his Chelsea side.

eva-1

Thanks to José’s sullen demeanour and his controlling nature of everything the team did, a number of Chelsea players fell out with Mourinho. The most high profile being the influential Eden Hazard and Chelsea were flirting with relegation at the halfway point of the season.

In December 2015, José once again left Chelsea by “mutual consent”. In interviews given after his departure, José seemed happy to be gone from West London and the interfering Abramovich. José now had his eyes firmly set on the job he always felt was his.

Hype Train Status: Biggest setback yet and that puncture is beginning to show.

Back To Where It All Began

So, José has arrived back at Old Trafford, the ground where he introduced himself to us all those years ago and he had finally got the job he had badly wanted all those years ago.

Unfortunately for José it seems like he has suffered from the old trick of wanting something for so long, then when he actually gets it, he is disappointed in how it actually isn’t what he wanted at all.

In other words José built the Man United job up in his head as the job that would define him as a manager and ultimately it has turned out that the reality isn’t like that at all. He seems constantly frustrated by the trappings of life as Man United manager and annoyed at something different every week.

Although he has brought success to United once again and returned them to near the top of English football he seems bored by it all.

This coupled with the frustration that his arch-rival Pep Guardiola is receiving unanimous praise for the way his Man City side play, it doesn’t seem like José will be hanging around Manchester for very long.

Hype Train Status: Despite what his closest supporters say, it’s not looking good as the train begins to derail once and for all.

In the past year, people have finally begun to see past the distraction tactics that Mourinho has used throughout his career to hide his team’s shortcomings.

Ultimately, Mourinho has gone from being the manager that everyone can’t wait to hear from, to the manager that we throw our eyes up at, waiting to hear his latest distraction tactic.

jose-mourinho

His way of dealing with players seems to either alienate them or stutter there development. His antics in the media which were once seen as charming and a breath of fresh air have now become boring and annoying for fans.

Mourinho’s disinterest and apparent disgust for football nowadays is sad to see, as this is the man who was supposed to bring the game of football into the 21st century.

Instead, Mourinho has become jaded and bitter and ultimately his arrogance has become the thing that has derailed the José Mourinho hype train possibly forever.

Evan Coughlan
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Has The Mourinho Hype Train Finally Derailed?
February 21, 2018 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan

After Manchester United’s defeat to Newcastle, in there last Premier League outing, José Mourinho looked fed up. In fact, ever since taking the reins at Manchester United in 2016 José’s seemed fatigued by the day to day scrutiny of being a Premier League manager.

So, is the hype train that started chugging along at speed, all those years ago, about to derail? Well, to find out, we really must go back to where it all began for José.

A Whirlwind Arrival

On March 9th 2004, Porto scored a last minute equaliser against Manchester United knocking them out of the last 16 of the Champions League.

Football fans still fondly remember this moment today. It was the moment José Mourinho, a lesser known manager from Portugal, first entered the English footballing consciousness with his over the top celebration.

porto-celebration

For football fans at the time, this was as novel a celebration as you were likely to see a manager take part in. Of course, it’s become the norm these days, with the likes of Jürgen Klopp running up and down the touchline every time Liverpool win a corner, but I’m getting off topic.

José’s celebrations continued, as Porto went on to win the Champions League that season. Exactly one week later, Mourinho was announced as the new manager of Chelsea. José was a journalist’s dream. I mean, the man referred to himself as “The Special One” in his very first press conference.

chelsea-1

He was a breath of fresh air to English football with his arrogance and willingness to upset the veteran managers in Alex Ferguson and, the original new age manager, Arsène Wenger.

Non-football fans loved him and Mourinho basked in the glory as his Chelsea side, who let’s not forget had money to burn thanks to oil tycoon Roman Abramovich, won back to back league titles and it seemed like the era of Man United’s domination was finally over.

Hype Train Status: Full steam ahead.

A Sign Of Things To Come

In Mourinho’s third year at Chelsea, the 06/07 season, we began to see a side of him that we’d yet to see. One that we’d eventually get to know very well over the coming years, José – “The Passive Aggressive One”. José had become resentful of the fact that Abramovich was starting to interfere in transfer deals and his demeanour on the sideline and in press conferences changed completely.

After a poor 06/07 season, where despite winning two cups, Mourinho was beginning to feel the pressure. After a poor start to the following season, José eventually left Chelsea by “mutual consent” in September 2007. He didn’t jump straight back into management after leaving Chelsea, but instead took a few months out before resurfacing in Italy in June 2008, looking refreshed and like the Mourinho of old.

José turned around the fortunes of a struggling Inter Milan side winning back to back Scudetto’s and a Champions League during his time in Italy. Mourinho was once again the hottest manager in the world and he was absolutely loving it.

mourinho-sneijder

With all the clubs in the world to pick from, José next opted to move to Spain and to Real Madrid to help Los Blancos end their barren run in the Champions League.

Hype Train Status: Back on course after a slight delay

Hala Madrid!

On paper, it seemed like the perfect match. The arrogant Mourinho would join up with the biggest brashest club in Spain, spearheaded by his fellow countryman, the equally arrogant Cristiano Ronaldo.

Mourinho decided that the best way for Madrid to win trophies under his watch was simple – create as much controversy as possible. A tactic of criticising his rivals and hoping that opposing players would become distracted by all the noise he created.

Instead, only Madrid players were distracted by these antics which led to his Madrid team winning just two trophies during his three year spell in charge at Madrid. It was obvious by his final season at Madrid, that Mourinho had made his mind up and a return to English football was on the cards.

With the news that Ferguson would be staying at United, Mourinho started making romantic eyes at his old employers. The Pensioners, at the time, were looking to hire their 7th manager since his departure in ’07.

A return to Chelsea was done deal for the following season. But little did José know that in May 2013, Sir Alex Ferguson would announce his decision to retire as Man United manager at the end of the season.

Hype Train Status: Still on the tracks, however, getting a bit shaky.

Return To The Bridge

José had already made his bed again at Chelsea and looked on resentfully as David Moyes got the job he felt he deserved. This resentment, coupled with the disappointment over his time in Spain, seemed to be getting to Mourinho. By all accounts, it was a very different Mourinho that returned to West London in 2013.

chelsea-3

The funny quotes and somewhat endearing arrogance seemed to be gone and the breath of fresh air, that we’d all grown to love, was no more. What returned was a man who felt aggrieved by the fact he’d returned to his former club and had to conquer it all again.

Mourinho didn’t enjoy immediate success at Chelsea and explained why the 13/14 season was a transitional season for the club. During his second season in charge, José finally seemed to get it right and put a strong side together. It encompassed a sturdy defence led once again by John Terry and a forward line led by Diego Costa and Eden Hazard. José had done it again.

costa-hazard

However, despite this, Mourinho’s sullen demeanour was beginning to become very grating on football fans and ultimately Chelsea players. After an embarrassing beginning to the season which saw José heavily criticise Chelsea physio Eva Carneiro for entering the field of play despite being summoned to by the referee. Mourinho continued to criticise Carneiro in the weeks after as his Chelsea side continued to lose, of course this was all a ploy by Mourinho in order to distract people from the cracks in his Chelsea side.

eva-1

Thanks to José’s sullen demeanour and his controlling nature of everything the team did, a number of Chelsea players fell out with Mourinho. The most high profile being the influential Eden Hazard and Chelsea were flirting with relegation at the halfway point of the season.

In December 2015, José once again left Chelsea by “mutual consent”. In interviews given after his departure, José seemed happy to be gone from West London and the interfering Abramovich. José now had his eyes firmly set on the job he always felt was his.

Hype Train Status: Biggest setback yet and that puncture is beginning to show.

Back To Where It All Began

So, José has arrived back at Old Trafford, the ground where he introduced himself to us all those years ago and he had finally got the job he had badly wanted all those years ago.

Unfortunately for José it seems like he has suffered from the old trick of wanting something for so long, then when he actually gets it, he is disappointed in how it actually isn’t what he wanted at all.

In other words José built the Man United job up in his head as the job that would define him as a manager and ultimately it has turned out that the reality isn’t like that at all. He seems constantly frustrated by the trappings of life as Man United manager and annoyed at something different every week.

Although he has brought success to United once again and returned them to near the top of English football he seems bored by it all.

This coupled with the frustration that his arch-rival Pep Guardiola is receiving unanimous praise for the way his Man City side play, it doesn’t seem like José will be hanging around Manchester for very long.

Hype Train Status: Despite what his closest supporters say, it’s not looking good as the train begins to derail once and for all.

In the past year, people have finally begun to see past the distraction tactics that Mourinho has used throughout his career to hide his team’s shortcomings.

Ultimately, Mourinho has gone from being the manager that everyone can’t wait to hear from, to the manager that we throw our eyes up at, waiting to hear his latest distraction tactic.

jose-mourinho

His way of dealing with players seems to either alienate them or stutter there development. His antics in the media which were once seen as charming and a breath of fresh air have now become boring and annoying for fans.

Mourinho’s disinterest and apparent disgust for football nowadays is sad to see, as this is the man who was supposed to bring the game of football into the 21st century.

Instead, Mourinho has become jaded and bitter and ultimately his arrogance has become the thing that has derailed the José Mourinho hype train possibly forever.

Evan Coughlan
Writes about sport and stuff. When Evan thinks of a witty comment it will appear here.

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