Tuesday 21 April 2015

A decade on - the changing face of Jose Mourinho

Published 30/04/2014 | 18:51

2004 - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho looks on at the unveiling of the new Chelsea badge during a Chelsea Football Club press conference.
2004 - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho looks on at the unveiling of the new Chelsea badge during a Chelsea Football Club press conference.
2005 - Chelsea's Manager Jose Mourinho holds aloft the Barclays Premiership trophy during the celebrations after the game against Charlton at Stamford Bridge.
2006 - Jose Mourinho looks on during the Barclays Premiership match between Middlesbrough and Chelsea at the Riverside Stadium
2007 - Chelsea's Manager Jose Mourinho motions for fans to "keep their chins up", after they drew 1-1 with Arsenal in their Premiership match at home to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
2008 - New Inter coach Jose Mourinho attends the photocall of the press conference held at La Pinetina, Milan.
2009 - Coach Josep Guardiola (R) of FC Barcelona gestures thumbs up to his players flanked by coach Jose Mourinho of Inter Milan during the Champions League group F match between FC Barcelona and Inter Milan.
2010 - Head coach Jose Mourinho of Inter Milan lifts the UEFA Champions League trophy following their team's victory over FC Bayern Muenchen.
2011 - Head coach Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid smiles before of the round of last 16 Copa del Rey first leg match between Ponferradina and Real Madrid.
Real Madrid's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho (L) and Barcelona's coach Josep Guardiola react during the Spanish League "El clasico" football match Barcelona vs Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 21, 2012.
2013 - New Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho holds up the shirt before the Chealsea FC press conference at Stamford Bridge in June 2013.
Steven Gerrard of Liverpool rushes in to retrieve the ball from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield.

Ten years he arrived as the fresh-faced prodigy. A decade on, Mourinho has won silverware, but not widespread respect.

First he was the self-proclaimed Special One. On his second coming at Stamford Bridge he was the Happy One. He could easily be described as the Divisive One.

There is little doubt that the Portuguese native has walked the walk, which is just as well considering his regular public outbursts and criticisms.

Since arriving in a blaze of glory 10 years ago, he has claimed two Premier League titles., is a double Serie A champion and also has a solitary La Liga title in 2012, an impressive achievement given Barcelona dominance.

A further Champions League success with Inter and a whole hosts of cups in England, Italy and Spain and his CV is right up there with any manager in the game.

However it is the manner in which it is achieved is what irks many.

Arsene Wenger, Rafa Benteiz, Jamie Redknapp, Pep Guardiola and just about everyone associated with Barcelona are just some who may not hold the 51 year-old in the highest regard.

Anders Frisk retired from the game after accusations from Mourinho after a fiery Champions League tie at the Nou Camp.

Ronnie Whelan and John Giles have vocal in their criticism this week, with the RTE pundit saying he “hates” Mourinho’s personality in light of his histrionics, most recently witnessed at Anfield last weekend.

The flip-side to his box-office quality and entertaining interviews is an unsavoury element to his criticisms and general behaviour.

Chelsea fans will suggest that silverware is all that matters and as long as the trophy cabinet is filled regularly, his indiscretions will be entertained.

Failure to do so could well change those levels of tolerance.

Declan Whooley

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