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The Weekly Digest: Mourinho on the way out

Tue 04 May 2021 | 4:30

Welcome to our new weekly series where we discuss one of the focal news of each week. Follow us below as we discuss how and why Mourinho was axed from his position as Tottenham manager.

The world of football just keeps on giving and we’re in no shortage of hot topics to discuss with you. While the teams are settling down after the global backlash caused by the European Super League taking the world by storm, Jose Mourinho managed to steal the headlines pretty quick as the Portuguese manager once again hit a dead end.

That’s right! Jose Mourinho was axed from his position as the manager of Tottenham not so long ago. It might not be that surprising to see him go for many, as the poor results kept Spurs from reaching their potential. Many

Tottenham

fans are disappointed as their team had quite a good run amongst the top-four halfway through the 2020-21 season and were even considered as title contenders before the January transfer window.

It all went south for Mourinho and his men, however, as their poor run of form continued week in week out and they started dropping points everywhere. Not even

Harry Kane

and Son Heung-Min’s iconic partnership could help Mourinho get back on track and save his side from dropping more points. Tottenham were announced as one of the founding members of the infamous European Super League, which saw the club’s supporters show their disapproval from early on.

Many even mocked and made fun of Tottenham as they couldn’t even push for a top-four finish in the

Premier League

, and now all of a sudden they were going to compete with the world’s most elite clubs. There’s even a strange rumor going around as Mourinho fans speculate that the former Real Madrid manager actually decided to leave Tottenham himself after realizing that the Premier League club had a hand in the European Super League. While such a theory might be far-fetched, it’s got its own believers who simply can’t admit that their favorite manager was in fact fired.

Well you might think that Mourinho is going through a tough period in his managerial career and is once again in turmoil, but it was recently revealed that he’s surprisingly earned well from getting axed by football clubs. The former Manchester United boss has in fact been paid more than a whopping £60 million in compensation throughout his career, with a jaw-dropping amount 15 million quid coming from his Man United pay out.

It is simply brilliant, do well, you get money and the attention of literally every media outlet, do bad, you get even more money, get rid of all the responsibilities while also getting even more attention from the media. So maybe the special one still knows what he’s doing.

Tottenham are currently sitting fifth on the premier league table with 56 points. Mourinho was replaced by the 29-year-old Ryan Mason, who currently acts as the interim coach. He is in fact a former tottenham player and used to be a promising youngster during his days. But his career as a footballer was cut short after he suffered a fractured skull in 2017 and the specialists advised him to hang up his boots.

If Mourinho was in fact fired and didn’t get to leave the club by his own will, then the club officials will be hearing from angry supporters for quite a while, as they were about to face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final and the club suddenly decided to axe their manager. Consequently Tottenham lost their chances of finally getting their hands on a piece of major silverware after losing 1-0 to Pep Guardiola’s side.

A look at Jose Mourinho’s managerial career

While Tottenham haven’t been able to win a major trophy in years, Mourinho’s trophy cabinet is quite packed with several major honors that he has won with his previous teams. Let’s take a look at the history of the Portuguese manager’s career and see how he affected the clubs he managed.

Benfica, Leiria and Porto

Having graduated as a fully prepared manager after his spell as an assistant manager at

Barcelona

under Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho kicked off his managerial career at

Benfica

way back in the year 2000. The Portuguese club enjoyed a rather fine but short-lived stint under Mourinho, who only got to manage Benfica for a total of ten games, after which he resigned from his position due to Manuel Vilarinho being elected as club president.

Mourinho later joined Leiria as the club’s manager and led the team to an unbelievable title-contesting run. He helped the club reach the top-four in the Portuguese league and caught the attention of many major clubs in the world. His impressive run at Leiria turned many heads towards Mourinho, which is why Porto were quick to replace Octavio Machado with the new up and coming manager in January 2002.

Mourinho’s time at Porto was simply legendary as he managed to win almost everything there was to win with the Portuguese club. He won two Portuguese Supercups, two Taca de Portugal trophies, two Liga NOS titles, the UEFA Cup and most memorably the 2003-04 Champions League with

Porto

, which also earned him the World’s Best Club Coach award. The former Benfica boss was in charge of Porto for 126 games, with a 2.31 Points per Match ration, which made him one of the most sought after managers in the world.

Chelsea

Perhaps most people remember Jose Mourinho as the former manager of

Chelsea

. That is because he actually took charge of the London-based club on two separate occasions, once back in 2004 and once in 2013. Both spells were worthy of a place in history books as he led the Blues to several major trophies during his years in charge of Chelsea. His first spell lasted from July 2004 until September 2007 was he was in charge of the team for 184 games in total. Mourinho won almost everything with Chelsea during his first spell, only losing out on the Champions League.

While Mourinho’s spell at Porto was undoubtedly one to remember, it was after his move to Chelsea that he got to be fully recognized as one the best managers in world football and also earn the title of “The Special One”. The name was given to him after a press conference, where he stated that “We have top players and, sorry if I'm arrogant, we have a top manager. Please don't call me arrogant, but I'm European champion and I think I'm a special one.”

The Portuguese manager was the one who brought Didier Drogba to Chelsea and made him one of the most lethal strikers of his time. Having built his dream squad using Roman Abramovich’s financial support, Mourinho turned into the most successful manager in the club’s history, setting a 64-game unbeaten record at Stamford Bridge, breaking Liverpool’s record set way back in the late 70s.

Even though the former Porto manager was able to win six trophies for the Blues, his final season at Chelsea was not something to be hopeful about, which is why the club board decided to axe him in September 2007. Of course he came back to Chelsea years later in 2013 and started a new era of success for the London-based club. It took Mourinho several years and a transitional period in-between to finally suffer a home defeat with Chelsea. With his arrival, Juan Mata was eventually sold despite being the club’s player of the year for two seasons.

Eventually, the former Benfica manager delivered on what he had promised, helping Chelsea to another Premier League title in the 2014-15 season, while also adding an English League Cup in the same season. These two, however, were the only trophies he won during his second spell at Chelsea and he went on to lost nine out of sixteen league games in the 2015-16 season, which led to him being axed from the club he loved once again.

Inter

Between the two Chelsea spells, Mourinho spent several years managing Inter and later Real Madrid, adding many trophies to his cabinet with both clubs. His time at Inter is fondly remembered by the club’s supporters, by the media and by Mourinho himself, even though he caused quite a stir during his spell in Italy.

Inter

continued their domestic success by winning two consecutive Scudetti in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons.

Mourinho also added the Coppa Italia and the Supercopa Italiana trophies to his CV in those two seasons, while also winning the Champions League with a 2-0 win over

Bayern Munich

in the Madrid final. The UCL glory meant that the Portuguese manager had won a historic treble with Inter, bringing about the golden age of football for the Italian club. The drama for the treble was even more intense as they had won the league title on the final match day.

One of the few times that Mourinho was not fired from his position as manager dates back to his spell at Inter, which only ended after Real Madrid paid a world record-breaking compensation package to the Serie A side to be able to sign Mourinho as their own new manager.

Real Madrid

Jose Mourinho arrived at

Real Madrid

with big expectations, having replaced the very much underperforming Manuel Pellegrini at the Santiago Bernabeu. Once could easily forget that before winning three consecutive Champions League trophies with Zidane, Real Madrid were actually struggling to get their hands on La Decima, their tenth UEFA Champions League title, which is why they had changed eleven managers in seven years.

Even though Mourinho’s spell at Real Madrid didn’t bring the club their long-awaited Champions League title, it did help them push for more trophies as they won the La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Supercopa de Espana in his three years as club manager. He was infamous for his rivalry with Pep Guardiola and the shenanigans he and even his rivals used to cause during even after the match.

With only mediocre success under Barcelona’s dominant shadow, Mourinho admitted that the 2012-13 season was the worst of his career, which led to him leaving the Spanish giants only a year after signing a contract extension until 2016. This meant that he would receive an eye-watering figure in compensation for ending his contract so early.

Manchester United

Having been fired from his position as Real Madrid manager, it only took Mourinho half a season to get back on his feet and sign for yet another world-class club in Europe. This time he went to

Manchester United

, the club which was still in shock and turmoil years after the retirement of their beloved manager Sir Alex Ferguson. It didn’t take the former Chelsea manager long to win his first trophy with the Red Devils, winning the FA Community Shield by beating the then league champions

Leicester City

2-1 in August 2016.

Mourinho didn’t get to win the Premier League with Manchester United during his spell at the club, but he did get to win some sort of a treble in the 2016-17 season, adding the English League Cup, the Europa League to their Community Shield. This success followed a disappointing spell that United had gone through after Ferguson’s departure. Not even Loius van Gaal could save the Red Devils from the humiliation of not winning many major trophies.

Once again, after helping United get back up on their feet by winning three major trophies, Mourinho suffered a bad spell in the 2018-19 season, winning only seven of his first seventeen Premier League games, which put the club 19 points behind league leaders and brought about the end of Mourniho’s spell at Manchester United. Of course it was not all bad as he received quite a hefty compensation package from his contract termination.

Tottenham Hotspur

We all know how Jose’s stint at Tottenham went. The club are literally mocked every week for their lack of success in winning major trophies, which is why many Tottenham fans were more than ecstatic to see the arrival of The Special One, one of the best managers in football history. Many believed that Mourinho was the one who could finally bring home a trophy, even though it was Mauricio Pochettino who had managed to take Tottenham to the Champion League final against

Liverpool

.

This is this the first time in more than ten years that Mourinho hasn’t been able to win a trophy before being sacked by the club. But maybe not everything is his fault. Only some of the players seem excited and motivated enough to fight for their club’s success, with others only putting punching in and out of work to get their paycheck.

Will Tottenham ever get to win another major trophy? Who will Mourinho join next? Numerous questions are left unanswered and will only be clarified in time. For now, however, it seems that the former Chelsea manager has taken a very short break to find his next project. No matter where he is, he will always be considered as one of the best manager in football, who never fails to entertain football fans all around the world.

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