Chelsea latest news: Chelsea fan view on Manchester United sacking Jose Mourinho – ‘We told you so!’


It speaks volumes that no one was too shocked by the announcement that Manchester United had dumped Jose Mourinho He had been the bookies favourite in the ‘sack race’ for months.For so long it has been a question of when and not if the Portuguese would leave his post and perhaps United’s diminishing chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League forced the club in action Drawing Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16, with the talent of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar leading their attack, may have further focussed the mind of Ed Woodward Why wait until March when all hope is lost when they can act now? There will always be mixed feelings for Chelsea supporters when it comes to Jose Mourinho It is very hard to dislodge the affection felt for a manager who not only brought the club three Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups, but also changed the mentality from nearly men to serial winners A couple of weeks ago we witnessed Maurizio Sarri sent his team out to beat the current champions, and title favourites, Manchester City The Italian presided over a surprise win evocative of the ‘never say die’, ‘backs to the wall’, ‘smash and grab’ style redolent of Mourinho and his best years at Chelsea His legacy at Stamford Bridge is all to see in performances such as these, if not the football philosophy that now guides the dressing roon But I would be lying if I said I wasn’t enjoying a little bit of schadenfreude at the expense of Manchester United and their supporters We told you so.United have sacked Mourinho three years and one day after he was dismissed from Chelsea The causes are remarkably similar: publicly decrying the Manchester United board for not providing him with quality players, falling out with and humiliating individual footballers in the media and wearing the demeanour of a bulldog chewing a wasp It was all too familiar to Chelsea supporters who remember his equally toxic meltdown at the start of the 2015/16 season United’s fall from second place in the doldrums this year has been something of a rerun After a relatively promising start, winning two trophies for United – just as he did for Chelsea – Mourinho appeared to have succumbed to his well-documented ‘third season syndrome’ While United may not be languishing in 15th place as the Blues were when they fired the Portuguese for a second time, they are 19 points below current leaders Liverpool, with little prospect of either turning their poor from around or challenging for a top four place this season Mourinho has now been sacked in his third season from the last three clubs he has managed: Real Madrid, Chelsea and now Manchester United This is no coincidence.There have been many theories as to why a manager who was hailed as the best in the world only a few years ago now appears to have lost his touch Perhaps he has failed to adapt to the changes in both tactics and management we have seen in the Premier League The more expansive, possession-based football, with its pressing and patterns of attack, championed by Pep Guardiola when he managed Barcelona has found its way to the Premier League Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs and Manchester City are all playing a style of football light years ahead of Mourinho’s cautious, defensively-minded approach Even Chelsea, wherehis methods were absorbed and influential long after his departure have now appointed a manager in Maurizio Sarri whose football is more ‘cavalier’ than ’roundhead’ Even Mourinho’s former bastion in England has been conquered by the obsession over possession which has spent so much of his own career opposing or seeking to subvert to gain an advantage, as was the case when Inter knocked Barcelona out of Europe on the way to winning a treble in 2010 But the game has moved on in other ways.When Mourinho first breezed in to Chelsea he had a captive audience in a squad of players who had not experienced success They put their egos aside and bought into his methods and a promise that he would make them world beaters and legends He succeeded.Judging by the combustible relationships Mourinho has had with key figures in the dressing rooms at both Chelsea and United, his man management should also be questioned Perhaps players earning several millions a year, aware of their own commercial value and power at these club, and with egos to match, are simply not prepared to take his authoritarian ‘my way or the highway’ approach The fight he picked with Paul Pogba, a £90million asset to United and a World Cup winner to boot, may ultimately have been his downfall He is operating in a game where players now have the power, not the manager and he has failed to adapt Beyond this lurks the question of Mourinho’s own morale and motivations.He looks like a man who has fallen out of love with the game and is a shadow of the character who lit up the Premier League on his arrival at Chelsea when he proclaimed himself to be a ‘Special One’ Where once there was a charming man at Chelsea and United we have seen a somewhat bitter and spiteful figure at times I believed that he needed to take a long break from football after being sacked from Chelsea Failure had clearly taken its toll.Tragedy has also touched his life away from the game with the death of his father in 2017 Rather than permanently tarnishing his legacy, for his own good he should take a break from the game; reflect, re-assess and rediscover his appetite and enthusiasm for the game which he once lit up like a diamond If he can do this he may well reclaim his status as a respected and successful manager and return to being one of the world’s best The question is where can he go next? Which of the big clubs will take him now he has failed in the eyes of so many? His ego won’t allow him to go to a small club, although it would be fascinating to see what he might do at a club like Burnley or Crystal Palace and might in fact be cathartic for a Jose Mourinho with a point to prove When his former mentor Louis van Gaal fell from grace he ended up at a provincial Dutch club called AZ Alkmaar, turned them into unexpected champions and then caught the eye of Bayern Munich For Mourinho, it is more likely that he will return to Inter, Madrid or the much mooted Portugal manager’s job International management may be a good fit for his methods.Judging by what happened at Chelsea the second time round, he should think carefully before going back to another former club in Italy or Spain Whatever he decides, there is no doubt that a good break and a bit of self-reflection can only do him good I wish him well and hope that he can rediscover the ‘Jose Mourinho’ Chelsea supporters fell in love with and knew over ten years ago In the meantime, having seen the downside of Mourinho’s management at Chelsea in 2015, I can’t resist a chuckle at the chaos he has created at Manchester United Get Chelsea latest news updates directly to your inbox Subscribe Thank you for subscribing

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