Friday, 22 August 2008

The Special One (albeit self proclaimed)

'I was 9 or 10 years old and my father was sacked on Christmas Day. He was a manager, the results had not been good, he lost a game on December 22 or 23. On Christmas Day, the telephone rang and he was sacked in the middle of our lunch. So I know all about the ups and downs of football, I know that one day I will be sacked.'

One of the many reasons, I have plenty of admiration for Jose Mourinho is because he always believed in prophesying. The day he arrived in Chelsea he proclaimed himself the 'Special One'. He proclaimed that he would win the Premier League and defend it. He did all that. He also proclaimed that he would be sacked. This was the one time I wanted Jose to get it wrong. But unfortunately when you have a series of public arguments with the guy who pays you your wages, there is going to be only one winner and Jose learnt it the hard way. But what i really felt bad about was the reason he was sacked. Unentertaining football!! A team which has Lampard, Drogba, Cole, Essien and Robben can hardly be termed dull. By playing the wingers so wide, Chelsea moved forward like a wave. So what if Jose believed in the basic principle of football that to win a game you need to score one goal more than the opponent. So what if after being 2-0 up at halftime, Jose would ask his mid fielders to just defend. So what if Chelsea weren't as fluid as the Gunners. So what if you flipped the channel even though the 90 minutes weren't over. So what if he sometimes stuck his foot in the mouth. So what if second half got a bit boring. Who cares about entertainment in those last 20 odd minutes when you have here a manager who with his quotes and arrogance and charisma could keep you entertained throughout the week and not just during the game. In my book, Jose Mourinho will always be the most entertaining manager (so what if it was off the field!)


Yogesh said...

Mourinho was definitely an entertainer and will be missed by everyone in the EPL and especially Arsene Wenger. :)

ameya bhagat said...

its difficult to find the ideal combination of trophies and good football...but when u have the money to throw on it,u can expect nothing less.Especially when u have some other team(u know which!) doing it with a depleted squad and pocketchange.

Shawn said...


dude they said money cant buy passion, but then they saw passion in the form of Terry
they said money cant buy repuation, chelsea is a leading club now
and when a meaningless tea in England costs 20 pounds, who cares about money

n dude isnt it ironic that fegie is doing with Spurs just what he publically denigrated Madrid of doing with Ronaldo