Ever since bursting onto the scene in 2002 at Porto, Jose Mourinho has made it clear……..
He is number one.
Two Portuguese titles, the UEFA Cup and then the Champions League in just two seasons at Porto led the former translator to pronounce himself as the special one upon his appointment at Chelsea in the summer of 2004.
Six trophies followed at the London club in his first stint in charge including the clubs first ever Premier League title before moving to Inter Milan and Real Madrid was another period fraught with a never-ending supply of trophies for each club’s hierarchy.
A return to the Premier League was never in doubt and more trophies have followed at first a second stint with Chelsea and now Manchester United.
However, it has been clear the last few years some of the magic appears to have gone missing and not for the first time in his career, Mourinho’s remarkable third season syndrome is hitting home once again.
Time to Go
Jose Mourinho is the ultimate short-term impact manager, success is for now, not later and if that is what you are after then there is no one better for it hence the reason Jose has never managed more than three seasons at a club.
At Manchester United, Mourinho is in his third season and once again the wheels are falling off but they have been for a while.
That untouchability has gone, that air of dominance is no longer there and other managers such as Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino, and Jurgen Klopp are quickly becoming the darlings of English football.
The 55-year-old looks grumpy, he’s falling out with players and his inability to get the most out of what is a talented team is clearly galling him.
Many so it is time to go and we agree, but not because he is a bad manager, but because the guy needs a break.
List the top managers in the world right now and it is hard to look beyond, Guardiola, Klopp, Allegri, and Thomas Tuchel.
All the above-listed managers quality is undoubted but Mourinho has been at the very top, putting himself in high-pressure situations almost constantly for nearly twenty-years and that looks like it has taken its toll.
Jose was the first ‘super-manager’ but there is a time limit to it and after sixteen years that magic looks like it has worn off.
Imagine having to maintain a high-intensity presence constantly in the spotlight for close on two decades as well as keeping baying competitors off your heels for so long?
Mourinho has done just that but it looks like his super manager time limit is almost up.
All the haters should give Mourinho a break because he has transformed football for the better, but perhaps it is time to walk away and go get some well-deserved rest and let the next line of super-manager see if they can ever come close to the Special One.