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    Is Jose Mourinho a great manager?

    When Jose burst on the scene with Porto and Chelsea, he was the cool, arrogant young manager who walked the walk after talking the talk; the Special One. He was simply brilliant.

    2 UCL titles, 1 UEL title and 8 league titles across Portugal, England, Italy and Spain. One of the most impressive records in history. 25 trophies across 9 different clubs.

    But his recent managerial stints have been less than impressive.

    After losing 9 of his 16 league games with Chelsea in their title defence in the 2015/16 season, he was sacked.

    He then joined Manchester United for the 2016/17 season, the same time as Pep Guardiola joined Manchester City, to set up what looked set to be the managerial and club rivalry of the Premier League for the foreseeable future. Throughout his time there, he splashed big money on the likes of Pogba, Lukaku, Matic, Bailly, Lindelof, Fred.

    However, he did not live up to expectations. A 6th place finish in his first year (at least with a UEL title to make up for it), then a trophy-less 2nd place finish (finishing 19 points off Pep's City), followed by a disastrous 4 months of the 2018/19 season. Highlights of that include multiple press conference/interview meltdowns, an attempted tunnel fight with a Chelsea coach, an infamously rocky relationship with Paul Pogba and 7 wins in 17 league games before being sacked.

    In November 2019, he returned to management to replace the sacked Pochettino at Tottenham, with hopes that he, a serial winner, would be the one to get Spurs over the line and obtain that silverware they desperately lacked, despite all the progress under Pochettino.

    A 6th place finish in his first season was an okay start, but things really started to look good for Jose's Spurs at the start of this season. A 6-1 win at Old Trafford, top of the league in December. 4 months later, with Spurs 7th and 6 days before an EFL Cup final against Man City, he was sacked, completing his first trophy-less managerial reign since 2002.

    Win percentages of his major reigns:

    Porto 2002-04: 71.65%
    Chelsea 2004-07: 67.03%
    Inter Milan 2008-10: 62.04%
    Real Madrid 2010-13: 71.91%
    Chelsea 2013-15: 58.82%
    Manchester United 2016-18: 58.33%
    Tottenham 2019-21: 51.16%

    The drop off is quite remarkable to see.

    What do you think of Jose Mourinho? Is he overrated in his standing as a manager? Is he finished and lost his touch, or is he still one of the great managers of world football? Vote and discuss....


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    His style of management is outdated in the modern game. His tactics are outdated. His man management skills are even more outdated. He was a great manager until 2012, but since then, he has been on a decline. He is like Arsenal Wenger, who was also once a great manager but never evolved with time.

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    He's definitely been a great manager if one assesses impact over a whole career. It'll be churlish to pretend anything else. However, he's certainly not been a great manager since he got sacked from Chelsea a second time around.

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    Like Roy Keane said yesterday, you just have to look at his CV, what he did with Chelsea in his first stint was amazing some of the records they made , granted they had money but other teams with money since have failed to replicate the defensive and home records. He won the Champions league with porto and inter but his stints with spurs and Utd were less remarkable. Overall one of the greats especially in the premiership era.

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    Hes a remarkable manager when he has players that are willing to run through brick walls for him and then bend over backwards, unfortunately you dont get those kind of players anymore today.


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    His records speak for themselves but he's been surpassed by other managers in the European game. No longer in the top five.


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    He's great but Tottenham wasnt the right fit for hi.

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    He was great at Chelsea (stint one), Inter and Real Madrid.

    He’s been average since. Overall a decent/good manager now that his legacy is somewhat dented.

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    His teams always play boring Football. Was only good at Chelsea with Roman's bottomless transfer kitty. No top team will want him now.


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    Jose Mourinho, who was sacked as Tottenham Hotspur boss on Monday, is in the running to be named the next Celtic manager. [media reports]


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    Jose Mourinho, who was sacked as Tottenham Hotspur boss on Monday, is in the running to be named the next Celtic manager. [media reports]
    I doubt Jose would go there but if it happened, it would be the biggest managerial coup Scotland has ever seen and by some distance.


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    Never liked him.

    A great manager does not get personal with other managers and nor does he throw his players under the bus.

    Set his teams up to play boring football and sucked the life out of players.

    Good riddance

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    Did a spectacular thing with Porto. Took Chelsea to the top of the English game, dominated with Inter - probably should've been knocked out by Barca in UCL and a weaker League due to teams relegated for fixing. Won the League with Madrid who were having a barren time but been a parody ever since. Though he won a League in his second stint at Chelsea they were beaten that season by some third division team in FA Cup at home.

    Since then been a parody of himself but if he took charge at Old Trafford after rednose, might've been a while different legacy.

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    Would be good to see him at Celtic trying to wrestle the title back from Rangers. Gerrard v Mourinho looks like a good match.


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    So now Mourinho has been appointed head coach of Roma from the start of next season.

    Knows he wouldn't be able to pull a Super League level job at the moment, so he's gone to a level just below where he's been.

    A big chance to rebuild a sleeping giant as well as his reputation, to show he's still got it.

    If he fails at Roma, then it will really signal bad news for Mourinho landing any elite job again.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebat View Post
    So now Mourinho has been appointed head coach of Roma from the start of next season.

    Knows he wouldn't be able to pull a Super League level job at the moment, so he's gone to a level just below where he's been.

    A big chance to rebuild a sleeping giant as well as his reputation, to show he's still got it.

    If he fails at Roma, then it will really signal bad news for Mourinho landing any elite job again.
    Roma, the expert defensive team now with a coach that loves to defend.
    Match made in heaven

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    Quote Originally Posted by IMMY69 View Post
    Roma, the expert defensive team now with a coach that loves to defend.
    Match made in heaven
    I hope so, for Mourinho's sake.

    They are 7th in Serie A however, having scored 58 goals and conceded 53. Meanwhile, Spurs this season in the PL have scored 60 and conceded 38.

    Certainly a lot of coaching for Jose to do.


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    10 years ago, Mourinho would have never managed small teams like Spurs and Roma. He would be managing elite level teams like Madrid, Inter etc. That was his level. Now Spurs and Roma are his level. His stock has fallen a lot in the last 5 years, which is painful to see. I hope he can rebuild his reputation and career again. Italian league is the perfect league for his defensive style of play.

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    It is a good move for Mourinho. He wanted to return to Italy and Roma is the right fit for him because he will be under no pressure to deliver trophies in the short-term and the objective will be to compete for a UCL spot.

    Mourinho will never manage in the Premier League again and he will never be considered by the heavyweight clubs again.

    His reign as an elite level manager is over. His success may have been short-lived but it was illustrious.

    He has a huge legacy and is one of the most important and polarizing figures in history of football. He has nothing to prove to anyone and can retire today with no regrets.

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    I think Mourinho's strategy was quite flawed in recent times, and so he didn't get the results he would have desired.

    He was no doubt a great manager in his prime, but as shown, his results now don't support that.

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    jose mourinho is like imran khan now, completly failed and is jumping around from one place to another without having a clue on whats happening in the world.

    Jose will return to EPL later on to manage Arsenal.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PetroDollars View Post
    jose mourinho is like imran khan now, completly failed and is jumping around from one place to another without having a clue on whats happening in the world.

    Jose will return to EPL later on to manage Arsenal.

    He won't manage Arsenal. We had the chance to hire him before sacking Emery and we didn't go ahead with it. Stan Kronke will not sign off to pay his ridiculous wage amount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    He won't manage Arsenal. We had the chance to hire him before sacking Emery and we didn't go ahead with it. Stan Kronke will not sign off to pay his ridiculous wage amount.
    no, he dumped you to go to spurs. Arsenal in the end will want a top proven manager and will turn to him in the future, you wont need to pay his ridiculous wage amount either as his stock will continue to fall.

    Arsenal wont want to miss out on him like they missed Ancelloti, for peps towel boy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PetroDollars View Post
    no, he dumped you to go to spurs. Arsenal in the end will want a top proven manager and will turn to him in the future, you wont need to pay his ridiculous wage amount either as his stock will continue to fall.

    Arsenal wont want to miss out on him like they missed Ancelloti, for peps towel boy.
    Ancelotti deserves same scrutiny as Mourinho... He's thrown away top four thus season

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiritOf1903 View Post
    Ancelotti deserves same scrutiny as Mourinho... He's thrown away top four thus season
    Everton have a crap team

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    Quote Originally Posted by PetroDollars View Post
    no, he dumped you to go to spurs. Arsenal in the end will want a top proven manager and will turn to him in the future, you wont need to pay his ridiculous wage amount either as his stock will continue to fall.

    Arsenal wont want to miss out on him like they missed Ancelloti, for peps towel boy.

    That was reliable reports that he met Raul Sanllehi during a Europa League game. It's pretty obvious with what they were discussing.

    Yes Arsenal may go for a proven manager in the future but it won't be Jose Mourinho.

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    Jose Mourinho: Why Roma job will be like no other for former Chelsea, Manchester United & Tottenham boss

    Among the different activities of his business empire, the American owner of AS Roma Dan Friedkin is also a Hollywood movie producer and director. He is clearly a master of plot twists judging by the storm he caused with the announcement that Jose Mourinho will be the club's new manager.

    Who would have expected this development? Absolutely no-one.

    Italian journalists have spent the past few weeks foreseeing Maurizio Sarri's arrival in Rome. Which players would he request, which tactical formation would he impose? It all seemed like a done deal.

    Then this.

    From July, the Special One will be back in Italian football, while outgoing manager Paulo Fonseca will stay in place until the end of the season.

    Mourinho to become Roma boss next season on three-year deal
    There was a neat coincidence in the announcement coming just two days after Inter Milan, the other club Mourinho has managed in Italy, finally won the Scudetto again.

    The Nerazzurri had endured 11 barren years since Mourinho's departure, having won back-to-back Serie A titles during his time as manager, including a league, Coppa Italia and Champions League treble in 2009-10.

    Roma's sporting director Tiago Pinto was at the heart of the pursuit of Mourinho. He got in touch with the former Tottenham manager after his recent dismissal, made Fonseca aware of negotiations and convinced the ownership to proceed with speed and silence.

    The news is a huge boost for Roma the club and Rome the city, following the misery that descended after the astonishing 6-2 defeat by Manchester United in the first leg of the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday.

    That result was the latest blow to a proud club. A sequence of injuries and bad results saw the Giallorossi drop from third to seventh in the league and suffer the embarrassment of defeat in the Coppa Italia at the hands of minnows Spezia.

    Something big was needed, but no-one expected this.

    Since the announcement, there is only one topic in Rome. Television and radio specials run endlessly; fans are euphoric and have forgotten all of their recent struggles.

    Well, most of them anyway. English football is very popular in Italy and Mourinho's recent ups and, more notably, downs with Spurs have not passed unnoticed. Does he still possess that special touch that so inspired Inter a decade ago? That is the question journalists and fans are asking across all platforms.

    He will have time to prove himself because this is a different project to those he is used to. Mourinho normally stands for big money, big signings, spotlight 24/7 and the pressure to win at the first shot. None of this is waiting for him at Trigoria, Roma's training centre.

    Friedkin and Pinto have made this clear. The financial situation will not allow any massive investment. The club will have to sell players first before looking around for potential replacements. Edin Dzeko's contract is expiring and he is leaving; Henrikh Mkhitaryan's future is still unsure too.

    Roma actually have a core group of interesting young players, such as defenders Gianluca Mancini and Marash Kumbulla, midfielders Jordan Veretout and Gonzalo Villar, captain Lorenzo Pellegrini and rising star Nicolo Zaniolo. Mourinho can build his team around them.

    What will be demanded of him is to bring a "long-term and consistent winning culture", as Friedkin himself said, to a club that has not won a trophy since 2008. In the two years under Fonseca, Roma failed to develop any kind of winning mentality, repeatedly showing a worrying lack of concentration in important moments.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/56985925

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiritOf1903 View Post
    Ancelotti deserves same scrutiny as Mourinho... He's thrown away top four thus season
    Without Ancelotti they would struggle to get into top 10, hes turned calvert lewin into a lethal striker, and done as good or better than, Arsenal, Lp and Spurs, who all have a much much better squad.


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    Jose Mourinho defends Premier League record

    Jose Mourinho has defended his recent record in the Premier League by claiming what is considered "a disaster for me" other coaches "never achieve".

    The 58-year-old was sacked by Tottenham last season after he took the club to the League Cup final.

    On Thursday he spoke at a news conference to mark the start of his role as head coach at Roma.

    "What is considered a disaster for me is something other coaches have never achieved in their lives," he said.

    "But that's the way it is and that's down to me.

    "At my last three clubs I won the Premier League with Chelsea, I won three trophies with Manchester United and I made it to the League Cup final with Tottenham."

    Mourinho is one of the most successful coaches in world football having previously managed Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Porto and Manchester United.

    But he was sacked by Spurs with the club seventh in the Premier League and suffering 10 league defeats in a single campaign for the first time in his managerial career.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/57768228


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    Jose Mourinho under consideration to become next Everton manager but happy at Roma

    Jose Mourinho is happy at Roma despite interest from Everton, who consider him a candidate to take over from Rafa Benitez.

    An official approach has yet to be made to Roma by Everton but owner Farhad Moshiri is contemplating the prospect of bringing the former Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham boss to Goodison Park.

    However, Sky Sports News understands that Mourinho wants to stay in the Italian capital and remains committed to Roma, where he is only six months into a three-year contract.

    Roma see Mourinho as crucial to their future progress and will not let him leave the club.

    Another new name being considered by Everton is former Porto and Fenerbahce manager Vitor Pereira, who was in the running for the job before Carlo Ancelotti was appointed.

    Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney remain strong possibilities for the position as the wide-ranging search for Rafa Benitez's replacement continues.

    Lampard, who has not been in a job since being sacked by Chelsea last January, is expected to be interviewed for the job.

    While Derby boss Rooney is understood to be happy and focused at Pride Park, but would find it difficult to turn Everton down considering his history and association with the club.

    Other names on the shortlist include Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez and Nuno Espirito Santo, who was sacked by Tottenham earlier this season.

    Former Everton boss Martinez is high on the shortlist and would be keen to return to Goodison Park, but a deal is made difficult by the Belgium FA who do not want to let the Spaniard leave before the 2022 World Cup.

    Duncan Ferguson was appointed caretaker manager on Tuesday following a training ground visit by chairman Bill Kenwright. As the former striker took training for the first time, Kenwright addressed the players and staff ahead of a crucial game on Saturday at home to Aston Villa.

    Everton sacked Benitez after just six-and-a-half months in charge following Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Norwich.

    https://www.skysports.com/football/n...verton-manager


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    Roma 6th in Serie A this season, 12 wins and 9 losses. Sad to see an all-time great scrapping for Europa League places in Italy.


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    He is great and the way he started from Porto till Chelsea was amazing journey. Its been downhill since then

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    Was a great manager. He's simply not evolved like Pep has managed to do so, hence fast becoming a dinosaur.

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    Had an amazing early peak and then got figured out as time went on, and has not adapted at all, to the point where he and his methods both now seem quite old hat. I voted overall Good.

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    The GOAT among these pretenders today, look at that resume

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    Had an amazing early peak and then got figured out as time went on, and has not adapted at all, to the point where he and his methods both now seem quite old hat. I voted overall Good.
    Main issue I see is that players in this era have become too fragile mentally, a big bunch of pansies to be frank, they canít handle the burials from Jose and are quick to whinge instead of listening to the GOAT

    Just look at United, no manager has been able to help such a big bunch of cowards.

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    Jose Mourinho: Roma boss given two-match touchline ban

    Roma boss Jose Mourinho has been given a two-match touchline ban after he was sent off during Roma's 2-2 draw with Verona on Saturday.

    Mourinho went onto the pitch to argue with referee Luca Pairetto before kicking the ball into the crowd.

    The Italian Football Federation said Mourinho "made serious allegations" against Pairetto, and entered the pitch "with a threatening attitude".

    The Portuguese manager was also fined 20,000 Euros (£16,670).

    Mourinho made a telephone gesture towards Pairetto, which Italian media reported was in reference to his father Pierluigi, who was involved in the Italian match-fixing scandal of 2006.

    The former Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham manager then left the Stadio Olimpico without stopping for his post-match media duties.

    The ban means he will not be in the dugout for Sunday's trip to Spezia and the home match against Atalanta on 5 March.

    Edoardo Bove scored a late equaliser as Roma fought back from two goals down to earn a point.

    The draw leaves Mourinho's side in eighth place in Serie A, six points outside the Champions League qualification places.

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    All the familiar scenes of a Mourinho managerial fallout showing at Roma...

    His time near the pinnacle of European football seems well and truly over.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebat View Post
    All the familiar scenes of a Mourinho managerial fallout showing at Roma...

    His time near the pinnacle of European football seems well and truly over.
    He seems to have fallouts with players / owners / fans / press / referees / etc wherever he goes.

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    He is one of the greatest managers ever but just like players managers too experience decline. Football is constantly evolving and managers who fail to adapt and reinvent themselves fade away which is what is happening to Mourinho. It is clear that he is no longer a top manager in the same league as a Pep, Klopp or Conte. He should think about retiring or taking an international role.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dios View Post
    He is one of the greatest managers ever but just like players managers too experience decline. Football is constantly evolving and managers who fail to adapt and reinvent themselves fade away which is what is happening to Mourinho. It is clear that he is no longer a top manager in the same league as a Pep, Klopp or Conte. He should think about retiring or taking an international role.
    He could end up managing England after Southgate has taken the team as far as he can.

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    Mourinho's Roma beaten by Bodo/Glimt again

    Jose Mourinho suffered another defeat at the hands of Bodo/Glimt as his Roma side's Europa Conference League hopes hang in the balance.

    The Italians were thrashed 6-1 by the Norwegians in the group stage and endured another difficult evening in this quarter-final first leg.

    Lorenzo Pellegrini's strike late in the first half looked to have put the visitors on course for victory.

    But goals from Ulrik Saltnes and Hugo Vetlesen gave the hosts victory.

    Former Wolves keeper Rui Patricio was at fault for the first goal, allowing Saltnes' effort to spin past him when he ought to have saved it.

    That remarkable defeat in October was a low point in Mourinho's managerial career - the first time one of his teams had conceded six in what was then his 1,008th match as a coach.

    If Bodo/Glimt can replicate in the second leg the result they achieved in Rome in the group stage in November - a 2-2 draw - that would be enough to send them into a first European semi-final.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/61028959


    Arsenal all the way!! (and Pakistan, of course!)

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    The career of an all-time great manager petering out quite disappointingly at Roma. Currently on track to go out in the quarters of the Conference League.


    Arsenal all the way!! (and Pakistan, of course!)

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