Jose Mourinho believes himself to be special and his track record makes it hard to say different. He was one of the first Desinger Manger but he is not style over substance. He holds himself in high regard and some may call him arrogant, he’s one of them and in interviews Mourinho is always ready to perpetuate his greatness but he is a winner and it doesn’t matter where he goes he seems to have the midas touch. Where other managers may have been doing the job for many years when you compare Mourinho with the likes if Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsène Wenger or Fabio Capello he is still a young man, But is he a special one?
He started his career as a coach but soon wanted more and took the chance to move up and took the job as a translator at Sporting Lisbon where Sir Bobby Robson had just taken charge. There he struck up a good working relationship and when Sir Bobby Robson was fired and took the job at Porto Mourinho followed. During that time their working relationship further developed and their friendship grew and when Sir Bobby Robson left for Barcelona so did Mourinho. Sir Bobby Robson was only there for one season and then moved on but Mourinho stayed and became Van Gaal’s assistant manager. Van Gaal saw that there was more than just an assistant manager in Mourinho and had him take charge of the Barcelona B team and also let him manage Barcelona in some cup competitions such as the Catalan only cup Copa Catalunya which he won. During his time working with Robson and Van Gaal he had been around success. European titles, League and Cup titles with Porto and Barcelona.
But soon Mourinho wanted success of his own and soon Mourinho took charge in his first official managerial job when he was hired by Benfica but didn’t last long as the club went through a change of president who didn’t see Mourinho in their future and he moved on to UD Leiria. He was only there for one season where he took them to their best ever League position of 5th.
Porto saw his talent and hired him as Manager, and this is where Mourinho’s wait for titles ended as in his first season he won the Portuguese Liga, Portuguese Cup and UEFA Cup. A treble of titles is not bad going in only 2 and half years in management. And in his second season in charge it couldn’t get any better as Porto won the Portuguese Super Cup, Portuguese Liga again and the UEFA Champions League. Another treble of titles but most impressively was the Champions League win. No one saw Porto as contenders but as the competition went on and in the Final against Monaco it was there to be won. That win caught the attention of the Elite European Clubs and the attention of Abramovich and Chelsea.
He took charge of Chelsea where he spent three years (2004–2007) there and carried on his winning ways. His first season saw him win the FA Premier League and League Cup. Chelsea hadn’t won a League title in 50 years. A lot can be attributed to Abramovich’s money and the players it brough in but Ranieri didn’t manage it but in his first season Mourinho did. In his interview while presenting himself as Chelsea’s new manager he said. “We have top players and, sorry if I’m arrogant, we have a top manager.” The confidence he has in himself seem to have a positive effect on his players. In another interview during his first season he commented on what Sir Alex Ferguson said about the amount of money Chelsea had to spend in the transfer market but how that doesn’t win you trophies – “Ferguson is right. Money does not guarantee success. I showed that last season when my Porto team beat Manchester United.” Mourinho isn’t just a great tactician but also loves the mind games that football brings and you could see the enjoyment he had with verbally sparing with Sir Alex Ferguson. In his second season didn’t start badly either winning the Community Shield and then again finishing the season as Champions. The only other club in recent history to have back to back title wins are Manchester United and that has cemented Chelsea as one of the dominant forces in the premiership and put them above arsenal in terms of achievement and reputation. His last season saw him round-up his collection of English titles winning the FA Cup he also won the League Cup for a second time. During his time at Chelsea he won all the domestic titles he could but was unable to win a European title. He was unhappy with the appointment of Technical Director Avram Grant who took over the managerial job when Mourinho left.
There was a short time out of management before he took the job at Inter Milan. He was in charge for two seasons (2008 to 2010) where he won all he could, although Inter already had a winning tradition having won the last three Serie A titles, they had yet won the Champions League. In his first year in charge at Inter they won the Supercoppa Italiana and won the Serie A title. But in the final year at the club he helped guide Inter to that illustrious Champions League win and finishing the season with another treble winning the Serie A title,the Coppa Italia and the UEFA Champions League. This wasn’t Mourinho’s first treble win but it was Inter’s which is a feat that no other Italian team have managed to achieve.
In his ten years of management he has amassed 17 titles in three different countries, and you don’t win things by losing games. his win rate impressive but more impressive is that he hasn’t lost a home game since 2002. He was in charge of Porto when he last lost at home. losing to Beira-Mar 3-2 on the 23rd February 2002. The last time he didn’t managed to win a title was before he took over at Porto. Now at Real Madrid with the expectations of the club, the players that have been brought in and the reputation of Mourinho, what are the chances of either of those runs ending.
Time will tell but with all the facts laid out its hard not to agree with Mourinho and admit that he is rather a special Manager.