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England A Poorer Place Without José

Of course we often criticised Mourinho's acts on these pages but I can't deny I was always looking forward to his comments.

The big news of yesterday night wasn't that Arsenal trounced Sevilla with ease and not that Ronaldo returned to Sporting by scoring the winner against his old club. José Mourinho stole the headlines by getting himself sacked.

His increasingly frosty relationship with Mr. Abramovich is well-documented (look up a Sun or a Guardian or the BBC archive...) so I won't want to dwell on that. My purpose is to acknowledge the contribution Mourinho made to English football.

He brought organisation, discipline and winning mentality to Chelsea and he transformed the team into a ruthless winning machine. I won't miss that, I can't deny it.

What I will miss is his trademark arrogance that often left me torn between annoyance, exasperation and amusement. He was a colourful individual who served the material for plenty of banter and served material for the sportswriters, too. I think they will admit that.

Of course I did not like him. His individuality sometimes took him too far and his trademark arrogance turned into sheer and unnecessary rudeness, like when he was talking about Ronaldo's education. However, his moans about referees, injuries, fixtures, voyeurs were highly enjoyable.

Sacking him FOUR days before Chelsea visit Old Trafford looks like a particularly spectacular way of self-destruction, though of course it's possible that the team will rally to show they have the guts to perform in such a situation. But he is replaceable, of course, in a professional way, not José Mourinho is the only good manager in the world.

What we can't replace, however, is that he was one of the faces of the English league. It's not up to me to decide whether it showed the Premiership in a favourable light. But he was a character who brought flavour to this league, he was quite unique in many ways - and that's increasingly a rarity in modern football.

If I were him, I'd rest for a few months (his finances will not suffer greatly, I'm sure) and then would get back into action with renewed vigour.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 20 2007

Time: 4:20PM

Your Comments

Sad to see him go. A good character and English football should miss his interviews and rages.
davecook
Yeah, we'll have much less to talk about when it comes to football... oh well, I'll get over it :)
midlothian99
But I can't help thinking that we still made a better deal with the Glazers: they don't seem to be interested in anything else but the income. Glamour, attacking football, Champions League: no. Only the number under the line is what matters. Fergie is free to work and we should be grateful for that, seeing what happened at the Bridge. If that automatic cup ticket scheme would be scrapped... but it won't be, their obsession with income makes it impossible. Sad thing.
midlothian99
he will be missed in english football he was an arrogant little so and so but some of his ranting and raving was funny at times, his record shows he is a good manager but ambramovichs meddling in team affairs was the beginning of the end,but he is just another name added to the long list that Sir Alex has seen come and go while he goes from strength to strength.
vidic15
he had a big ego,big mouth but still a great manager
muffdaddy1983
thank you zae.these days i love to listen to fans who support other clubs.most of them are saying what you wrote.it doesn't kill my pain,but it makes me carry it easier.i don't want to say what will happen to ,or with ,chelsea but one thing is sure : life at the bridge will never be the same again! NEVER !and if we,chelsea fans,don't show roman that we are the club and that although he owns it financially he can't treat it like his toy,and tell him what we feel about the greatest manager we ever had ,and,notably,that money can't buy everything (everyone),somehow,masochistically maybe,and i know that i will be accused of betrail for this,i hope that sir alex,wenger and everyone else will.probably jose if he takes over somewhere else.i just want him back so bad...sorry,i don't know what i'm typing anymore...feel good about situation in your club with your manager.i hoped that jose could be for us what sir alex is for you.maybe he could have.well,surely he could have,if he had had sane owner...thanks again for this article mate.
vladimir
He's one of a kind, he'll be sorely missed!
merlin
 

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