The Daily Mail has run a report detailing Jose Mourinho’s dark side, a dark side which could prevent Manchester United from approaching the Portuguese to become their new manager.
Charles Sale touches on a number of negative aspects of Mourinho’s personality, which could all be legitimate reasons the Old Trafford club don’t strongly pursue Mourinho to replace the recently sacked David Moyes.
“‘Appalling’, ‘disrespectful’, ‘deeply embarrassing’ was a cross-section of views from referees, managers and football administrators about Mourinho’s recent irrational conduct. Yet Chelsea, in public at least, are backing Mourinho to the hilt, claiming he is entitled to his opinions, whether about referees or fixture scheduling,” writes Sale.
“How much longer can the Chelsea hierarchy continue to endorse the desperate behaviour of manager Jose Mourinho that is causing plenty of upset elsewhere in the game?”
The main reason Mourinho is a popular choice with United fans to take over from Moyes is because he guarantees success despite his methods.
Wherever Mourinho has been, he’s won silverware and shown an ability to handle egos and the magnitude of huge clubs effectively.
He’s also one of the best tacticians in the game but he does let his temper get the better of him and considering the brand and global awareness of Manchester United, they may be put off because of this aspect of his personality.
Mourinho has been described as ‘different’ during match days this season. Some call it passion and some call it a problem.
There are similarities between Mourinho and former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
They’re both capable of producing the ill-famed hairdryer treatment and they have both never shown any fear when it comes to launching verbal assaults on those who officiate and run the game in England and across Europe.
However, the one thing Fergie always stood for was the idea that no one is bigger than Manchester United and that anyone who played or coached the club constantly represented the badge.
If Mourinho took over, would some of United’s respectable global image be damaged? There’s a long way to go before we’ll find out.