Jose Mourinho may be one of the most successful managers of all time, but he has a long record of making inflammatory comments.
There is nothing more important to a manager than winning. Job security, that most fragile of concepts in the world of football, depends on it.
No one in the game reflects this better than the so-called ‘Special One’, whose tactics, style of play and actions both on and off the field embody the win-at-all-costs mentality that defines José Mourinho.
This attitude on the part of the Portuguese has lead to his insulting of opposing clubs, managers and players, as well as his own squad members and staff on occasion. Eva Carneiro, Pedro Leon and Luke Shaw can consider themselves lucky he didn’t out-and-out assault them, as he did Tito Villanova in the sneakiest of ways.
One can forgive the Manchester United manager’s “specialist in failure” barb aimed at Arsene Wenger; the Frenchman is more than capable of taking such lines in his stride after all, but there are times when Mourinho goes beyond the parameters of professional rivalry.
Mourinho’s withering attack on long-time adversary Rafael Benitez and his wife in 2015 — “I think she needs to occupy her time, and if she takes care of her husband’s diet, she will have less time to speak about me” – achieved the feat of being both sexist and fatist at the same time.
Such deeply personal and offensive forms of verbal bullying have no place in the game, and yet, José Mourinho is still here in the Premier League giving it his best efforts to offend anyone who will listen. At this stage everyone is used to the ex-Chelsea boss. Or perhaps just tired of him.
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Words by Ste McGovern