Tag: mourinho

José Mourinho: the early years

“I was nine or 10-years-old and my father was sacked on Christmas Day. He was a manager, the results had not been good, he lost a game on December 22 or 23. On…

José Mourinho: the Chelsea diaries

“IN FOUR OR FIVE YEARS, probably nobody will remember that I was Chelsea manager, and it becomes absolutely normal, just because I left a couple of years ago.” It would be fair…

Giving the devil his due: in defence of José Mourinho

MY GIRLFRIEND IS OBSESSED WITH ALAN RICKMAN. So great is her infatuation with the late actor that she once loitered in the shadows long after Rickman had departed a Q&A session at…

How Sir Bobby Robson changed the make-up of modern football

It is the sign of a true footballing great when they are revered long after they have departed this world. Their legacy transcends barriers, overcomes criticism, and ultimately manifests itself in every…

José Mourinho and the dark triad at Real Madrid

IT IS HARD to find a man as polarising as José Mourinho in modern football. Loved by his own and equally loathed by his opposition, he is a man and manager who…

Why we mustn’t force managers to change their style

Recently, I was at the Picasso Museum in Barcelona and my mind couldn’t help but wander off to football. This moment came when I was inspecting Pablo Picasso’s Las Meninas collection. In…

Mourinho is here to stay at Manchester United

José Mourinho, the manager of Manchester United, said on Wednesday that he will require ample time in order to transform the football club into a serious force once more. He reiterated his point…

The Big Analysis: Manchester United vs Manchester City

Hype and English football seem to go hand in hand. Every week we are presented with another mid-table fixture that is promoted as a must-see game by subscription television channels. From time…

José Mourinho: the Porto years

THE BALL LOOPED OVER A TIRED MONACO DEFENDER into the vacant fields of destiny. Dmitri Alenichev, one of many Porto predators, slithered in pursuit, before pounding it beyond the helpless goalkeeper high…

Iker Casillas: the reserved prince of diplomacy

The art of diplomacy, it is said, is to recognise the beliefs, opinions and feelings of other people and to balance them accordingly with those of their opponents – breeding it itself an…