One of the primary reasons cited for his departure from Stamford Bridge back in 2007 was owner Roman Abramovich’s supposed concerns over the negative image he had fostered of the club.
The Blues enjoyed their most successful period in their history under the Portuguese boss’ reign but his tendency to incite anger and hatred via his comments to the media had made him something of an unpopular figure in England amongst pretty much everyone but Chelsea fans.
The story in Italy and Spain was the much the same – at Inter Milan, the players and the fans adored him and stuck to him like glue but the Italian media portrayed him as a loathsome pest and fans of rival clubs despised him.
In the Spanish capital, Mourinho managed to out-do himself admirably – not only did his rivals hate him by the end of his three-year spell at the Bernabeu but several of his own players, a large section of the club’s fan base along with the Spanish national team and the rest of the country turned against him for his antics and wind-up tactics on and off the field.
The special one arrived back at Stamford Bridge this summer to a rapturous reception from Chelsea fans who had themselves endured a spell of negativity under the unpopular leadership of Rafael Benitez last season. The prodigal son returned to his home from home and straight away started his mind games with his rivals.
The first thing he made sure to do was to undermine new Manchester United manager David Moyes with his efforts to sign wantaway striker Wayne Rooney. Despite Moyes and the club’s insistence the England number 10 is not for sale, Chelsea made two bids for the 27-year-old and have outlined their intention of making a third.
However, Mourinho insisted he would not be making a third bid until after Monday night’s clash between the two Premier League giants. United face Chelsea next week but Mourinho has stated he is not going to further unsettle the player until after the game. How thoughtful.
"I don't want Chelsea to do it before we go there," he explained of his intended third bid for Wayne Rooney.
"I think this period, by the ethical point of view, is a period where we're going to be quiet."
I hope Chelsea fans will forgive me for implying that the special one has never been and never will be the ‘quiet’ type. As the saying goes, ‘it’s always the quiet ones’ and I firmly believe in this instance that would apply.
Jose Mourinho is by no means back off Wayne Rooney to allow Manchester United any kind of respite from the speculation over his future – Mourinho knows exactly what and whom the media focus will be on for Monday’s game.
All eyes will be on Wayne Rooney, regardless of whether Chelsea make a third bid before or after – it’s inconsequential – and in fact by stating that the Blues will indeed make a third bid only amplifies the issue further.
If Mourinho really wanted to show any kind of respect for Manchester United or David Moyes, he would have ruled out a third bid altogether. Call him the special one, even the crafty one but never expect Jose Mourinho to be the quiet ethical one.
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