Wednesday 13 December 2017

Brian Kerr labels Jose Mourinho's antics as 'same play with different actors'

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho

Michael Verney

Former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr claims that the recent storm which Chelsea supremo Jose Mourinho has become embroiled in is par for the course for the fiery Blues boss.

Speaking at the launch of TV3's announcement of their exclusive live coverage of Tuesday's biggest UEFA Champions League matches, Kerr said that the twice European Cup-winning manager thrives on propaganda and mind games.

Kerr reasoned that most managers think that decision-makers are against them but also think and act in in a far more rational manner than the Blues manager who he says displays a 'persecution complex.'

"That’s always been Mourinho’s form. All that changes with him is the scenarios and the people involved. it's the same play with different actors," the 61-year-old said.

"The enemy are generally the legislators and the people who make the rules and regulations, fixture-makers and officials. He thinks they are the only ones who get a poor decision."

Kerr believes 'The Special One' is often blinkered to reality on the actions of his players and the decisions of the officials in an effort to create a siege mentality among his side.

Kerr said: "It creates a determination to overcome some of the injustices that he perceives. It’s effective but it doesn’t mean it’s correct. When they were comprehensively beaten 5-2 by Spurs he made an issue of a penalty and it was clear it wasn’t a penalty.

"The incident when Costa stamped on Emre Can was a blatant red card and then he questions whether other teams get the same injustice. He also complained the other night about van Persie throwing an elbow when there was no comparison to Costa’s stamp."

Fellow TV3 soccer analyst Kevin Kilbane agrees with his former manager and believes his gamesmanship is working, an opinion confirmed by their unlikely victory over Everton on Wednesday night.

Kilbane, capped 110 times for Ireland, said that Mourinho's antics are 'Fergie-esque' and believes that his cuteness could lead to a crucial call in a big game before the season is out.

"It’s typical of what Fergie has done all through the years. It is always measured and thought out and it’s very stage-managed. When Mourinho comes into a press conference he seems to have all the answers. It’s very much in the Fergie mould of management," he said.

"He’s trying to build a wall around the squad right now. He gets that little bit of doubt in the referee’s mind going into the big games, maybe he's trying to buy a big decision. It could lead to a game-changing call in a big game."

Despite their views on his managerial tactics the Irish duo have the height of respect for the record which Mourinho has amassed throughout a trophy-laden career.

Kerr said: "You have to admire Mourinho for the clarity with which his teams always play. His game management is outstanding. He always maximises his side's potential.

"The astuteness of his work in the transfer window is amazing and he always seems to make the correct substitutions to close out games."

Kilbane concurred and sees the Londoners having a big say in the destination of the Champions League this year, he said: "I think Chelsea are going to be very strong this year.

"The mentality of Mourinho setting up sides to get results and enhancing the squad in the transfer window has made them stronger. With him as manager they will always have a live chance."

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