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    Mourinho Meltdown Continues - What's Gone Wrong for Jose?

    Jose Mourinho is rated as one of the best coaches of the modern era, and rightfully so when you look at his track record. His relatively short managerial career has seen him win eight league titles, four domestic cups and one UEFA Cup in four different countries. He has also won two European Cups with two different sides, a feat only a handful of other managers have achieved. On top of this he has claimed multiple manager of the year awards in every country he has managed in and won the hearts of the English media with effortless charm and wit upon his arrival.


    Mourinho delivers his now legendary 'Special One' quote

    Over the years though Mourinho has been nomadic, not keen to stay in one place to long and never looking to carve out his own legacy at one particular football club. Although his short stops around Europe and his return to West London have been succesful it now looks as though Jose and Roman Ambramovich are heading for another messy divorce sooner rather than later. Chelsea have had a much worse start to this season than they did in 2007 when Mourinho and Ambramovich originally parted ways and there is a sense of deja vu amongst the football community in regards to the current situation.

    The reason given for Jose's original departure by "mutual consent" was the style of football played under Mourinho. Ambramovich wanted more swagger, despite the fact that six trophies had been delivered in three seasons, and this didn't sit well with Mourinho. Other factors only increased tension, including the signings of Andriy Shevchenko and Avram Grant against Mourinho's will and the lack of funding available to strengthen his squad. Does that sound familiar? He clashed with the Chelsea board this summer over their lack of transfer activity, with only Asmir Begovic and Radamel Falcao being big name signings. If you look closely at Jose's transfer policy though, he tends to have caused his own downfall with players he has let go and misused rather than those the club have refused to sign for him.

    The biggest example of this is Kevin De Bruyne. Although it is too early to call the Belgian a success at Manchester City, he has certainly made a fantastic start. Mourinho said that De Bruyne didn't have the stomach to fight for a place in Chelsea's team. What's he basing that on? De Bruyne was given three appearances at Stamford Bridge before asking to leave to join Wolfsburg. Hardly a fair crack of the whip for a player who had obvious talent, talent which is now being fulfilled at one of Chelsea's biggest Premier League rivals. 


    Mourinho was never able to get the best from De Bruyne

    It's not just De Bruyne who must feel unlucky. Juan Mata thrived at Chelsea under Andre Vilas Boas and Rafa Benitez, but was seen as surplus to requirements by Mourinho who questioned his toughness and work rate, even after winning two consecutive player of the season awards. Again, does this seem familiar? A certain Eden Hazard has faced the same questions this season from his boss, and his creative flair seems to have been limited in favour of defensive prowess and a more disciplined system. Hazard's form has dropped dramatically, as has that of other playmaker Cesc Fabregas, and you have to question why Mourinho wishes to stifle his best players. There are others who fall into this category, Andre Schurrle, Juan Cuadrado and Mohamed Salah can all count themselves unlucky not to have broken through at Chelsea under Mourinho and have seen resurgences in their careers at other clubs.

    Something that was obvious in Jose's first spell in charge of Chelsea was the togetherness of his squad. There was a brotherhood within Chelsea Football Club and it was evident the players would have ran through brick walls for Mourinho. There was a great trust between player and coach and it yielded wonderful results on the pitch. This season though there have been signs that the trust is dissipating fast. It may be down to the Eva Carneiro situation, a situation in which Jose was completely in the wrong but continued to plead his case anyway. Many of the Chelsea squad must have known how badly wrong this case was handled, and many would have supported the now departed club doctor Carneiro.


    Carneiro and Mourinho clashed on the opening day of the season

    On top of that debacle Mourinho has been laying blame for his teams poor form on the doorstep of referees all season long, refusing to shoulder much blame himself. This culminated in his extraordinary seven minute rant after their defeat to Southampton in which he almost challenged the Chelsea hierarchy to sack him. Footage released before this weekends games allegedly showing Mourinho shoving a teenage fan has added further fuel to an already out of control fire. This, combined with his red card during the interval today for ranting at referee Jonathan Moss shows that Mourinho is struggling to contain his emotions. He has been visibly angry in recent press conferences and taken an aggressive stance towards the hard questions, saying his record justifies this current blip in form.

    As it stands, Chelsea have now lost HALF of their Premier League games this season and already face a struggle to qualify for the Champions League never mind defend their title. If Jose really wants to be regarded as one of the greatest he needs to add longevity to his list of attributes as a manager. He is not the same joyful, charming or good-humoured man from his first spell in charge. There is a bitterness brewing inside Mourinho, none will feel that bitterness more than Mourinho's mortal nemesis Arsene Wenger, with jibes being aimed at Wenger on an almost weekly basis now. It's hard to say what has changed in Mourinho, maybe his perceived failure of his Real Madrid tenure took its toll. Maybe his failure to deliver a European Trophy to Chelsea hurts him, or maybe he's still upset that he was overlooked for the vacant Manchester United Job which he clearly coveted. 

    Either way, we may be seeing the end of his second reign in charge of Chelsea. When you are as egotistical as Jose is, and I mean that in the best possible way, you need complete control. That control will elude him at Chelsea as long as Ambramovich runs the club, and to me, another parting of the two seems inevitable at this point.


    By Darren Beck (@DarrenBeck13)

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