It’s Time to Drop the Act Jose: Why Football is Quickly Losing Respect for ‘Special One’ Jose Mourinho

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is becoming a tiresome entity in the Premier League.

When the Portuguese arrived in the top-flight for the first time in 2004, he was a breath of fresh air.

His unique approach, fuelled by confidence and a handful of arrogance added a new edge to the then ‘all too nice’ Premier League.

Chelsea, well-backed by Roman Abramovich, needed a manager who would take the bull by the horns, and Mourinho did just that.

Having won the Champions League with Porto, he arrived in England as the self-sure, stubborn character we’ve got to know well over the last 14 years.

His arrogance seemed well placed when he lead Chelsea to back-to-back Premier League titles in his first two attempts.

And even when he mellowed a little following equally successful experiences abroad with Inter Milan and Real Madrid, returning as the ‘happy one’ rather than the ‘special one,’ he was a much-loved figure by many.

Much hated, too, of course, but he remained a hero as far as Chelsea fans were concerned, especially when he returned to win yet another league title with the Blues.

But things took a sharp decline when, just one season after winning his third league title in London, he seemed to lose control of his dressing room.

He left Chelsea for a second time with a Premier League medal, but in his second spell, he left behind no such legacy.

In fact, he’ll perhaps, rightly or wrongly, be better remembered for the way he cashed in on Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah, and Romelu Lukaku.

Three players who lit up the Premier League and even Europe last season.

Now Mourinho finds himself at Manchester United and again he finds himself in a difficult situation.

Since arriving in 2016, the 55-year-old hasn’t matched the success he had at Chelsea, at least not in the league, but he has managed to win the Europa League and EFL Cup, keeping the Old Trafford faithful – with their lust for trophies – content.

A difficult start to this season, however, has seen the Portuguese boss lose the faith of many United supporters and it’s not just down to his management.

The Red Devils’ start to their campaign has indicated that they won’t match last season’s second-place finish, but there’s plenty of time to put that right.

What fans are tired of, is this constant display of misery.

It’s nothing new, the Mourinho we all loved or hated was a gloomy figure even at his happiest, but it was hidden behind success, he almost had reasoning for his arrogance.

Fans can put up with a manager they don’t love as a person, as long as there’s something else to love.

However, at United, now that there’s no success and nothing to cheer about on the pitch, the misery and the arrogance is shone in a different light.

It’s becoming a tired act and almost the everyone in the Premier League is losing patience.

Just last, following an almost unforgivable 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham, he responded to a perfectly reasonable question by saying: “I won more Premierships alone than the other 19 managers together.

“Three for me and two for them. Respect, respect, respect man.”

With a risk of being sacked, he then added to his post-match meltdown in the following days by saying: “They say I’m in danger, but I don’t think so,” he told Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

“If they sent me away, do you have any idea how much money they would have to give me?!”

We’re always being told by Mourinho’s friends and staff that he is a completely different man in training, in his personal life and in other non-press, non-public situations.

Before, you could see the reason behind the ‘act’. It gave him a way to stand out, his personality played a big part in his rapid rise to success as a manager.

However, he must be able to see that people are desperately tired of the arrogance in press conferences, the poor attitude towards journalists and the sheer cockiness when he is questioned.

He may well be a great person to be around in ‘real life’, but the time has come for him to drop the ‘act’ he puts on in public.

It’s a social issue. In life, you don’t want to be around someone who is constantly gloomy, and by the same merit, football fans who have seen so much of Mourinho in the last 14 years, no longer want to hear from him.

Fans are now rolling their eyes at the press conferences they once laughed at and enjoyed.

It’s like nails on a chalkboard, even for the Chelsea fans who fell in love with his unique character, and that’s not just because he’s moved to one of their rivals.

There’s no doubting that Jose Mourinho is one of the best managers in the world. He is still a ‘special’ manager as he told us all those years ago.

Let’s not be cynical enough to deny that, even during this unsuccessful period he is currently enduring.

He has proven he is indeed one of the ‘special ones’ time and again – he could have a trophy cabinet bigger than many of our houses.

However, he is quickly losing respect from the football world as becomes THE bitter character of the sport.

It’s time to drop the act, Jose, for your sake and ours.

Jamie Kemble

Jamie Kemble

Writer Fantasy Football Desk at Sports Talk Line
Soccer journalist and author based in the UK, also with a strong interest in NFL.
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