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Is Mourinho making a Real mistake?

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Phil Minshull | 13:07 UK time, Sunday, 23 May 2010

Jose Mourinho and Inter Milan have answered all the questions on the pitch this season after their unprecedented treble for an Italian side, taking both the Serie A title and the Coppa Italia as well as the Champions League.

However, what happens off the pitch is now the big question looming over the head of the Special One and his men.

Mourinho infamously jumped ship from Porto to Chelsea in 2004 after winning the Champions League with the Portuguese club and didn't even celebrate the triumph with his team and fans in the Dragao.

Now, it seems that history is about to repeat itself with Real Madrid likely to be his next home despite the fact that no deal has been formally done at this moment.

On Saturday night, Mourinho slightly marred the occasion for Inter fans by not making any effort to disguise that he had probably been at the helm of the Nerazzurri for the last time.

This time, at least, it looks like he will actually return to Milan and take the plaudits of the Inter fans after bringing them their first European crown since 1965.

Even the Inter players of their back-to-back triumphs in the mid-1960s had been saying this week that the wait for their successors to arrive had been far too long for such a great club that is part of the fabric of Italian football history.

"I think everybody connected with Inter was wondering whether this day would ever come," mused Inter legend Sandro Mazzola, who played a huge part in Inter's defeats of Real Madrid and Benfica and is still a lucid commentator of all things to do with Italian football.

Now it has - and there are many people, myself included, who are still wondering why Mourinho would even contemplate leaving Inter.

Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho celebrates his side's Champions League final victoryMourinho celebrates Inter's success on Saturday night. Photo: Getty.

Club president Massimo Moratti has gone on the record as saying that he will provide funds to reinforce the squad.

After all, Javier Zanetti has had a fantastic season but the 36-year-old Inter captain and icon has admitted that he is unlikely to be able to perform at this level for much longer and the bench also looks in need of some refurbishment.

Moratti is prepared to tear up Mourinho's old contract, for the second summer in succession, and again make him the best paid coach in the world as Luis Felipe Scolari is not expected to be around at the Uzbek club Bunyodkur for much longer.

By contrast, Mourinho, in his often oblique way, has talked of fresh challenges.
"When I win I don't stop and here [in Italy] I have won everything. I've won the Champions League with two clubs and I can do it with three," he reflected on Saturday night.

However, from my perspective, what might also be impressive is winning two consecutive Champions Leagues with the same club.

Nobody has done it since the European Cup morphed into the Champions League in the 1992-93 season.

The last time it was done under the old format was when local rivals Milan won in 1989 and 1990 - and attempting to usurp them must surely be some sort of motivating factor.

Just what a challenge this could be can be seen by looking at how Barcelona fell just short this season, going out to Inter in the semi-finals.

The Italian media have also never really warmed to Mourinho and apparently there are other things looming in the back of his mind which he has never been specific about but which clearly trouble him.

"There are many things [in Italy] that I haven't liked and for three to four months I've been thinking of going," he added.

However, I'm at a loss to see how much different it will be in Spain if he signs for Real, who apparently have put a three-year contract worth 10m euros a year, not including bonuses and benefits, on the table.

Mourinho also now has the respect of the Inter fans, if not their complete affection, and if I was in his shoes I would stay for at least another season.

Since there are pantomime qualities to Mourinho's supposed move from Inter to Real, the famous phrase from the English stage that has sprung to my mind is 'turn again Dick Whittington'.

On Saturday night, I actually watched the game not at the Santiago Bernabeu, as I did not have a ticket, but in a bar close to the centre of Madrid.

Several Inter fans were also there, not prepared to pay the asking price of the touts outside the Bernabeu of around four to five times the face value of a ticket, so I asked a few of them what they thought was going to happen to their club next season.

Filtering out some of the euphoria, and regardless of whether Mourinho is there or not, it seems inevitable that Inter will be the main contenders for the Italian league title again after winning it for the last five times, with Roma and Milan being mentioned as their obvious rivals.

However, it was also acknowledged that without Mourinho deciding the tactics and driving the team so effectively, it will be a struggle to defend their Champions League title.

Various scenarios can be explored about who may take over from Mourinho but don't be surprised to see the likes of Giovanni Trapattoni and Scolari among the names that crop up.

At least for England fans, Fabio Capello's name is not likely to be linked too closely with the club however England fare in South Africa as he both played for and coached local rivals AC Milan.

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  • 1. At 3:59pm on 23 May 2010, Wilko wrote:

    Always leave them wanting more...

    Jose is a firm believer in this. That and the chance to be the first manager to win the European Cup with 3 clubs. He will not be at Inter next season. End of.

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  • 2. At 3:59pm on 23 May 2010, sam2samsam wrote:

    Not sure how his defensive tactics will be welcomed by madrid...but I imagine if it means they get one over their bitter barca rivals they will not care.

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  • 3. At 4:03pm on 23 May 2010, Mark wrote:

    Mourinho is a very successful manager no doubt, but Real Madrid want it all, not just success itself but in an attractive manner. Capello and del Bosque, now both national managers, both got the push after winning the League and the European Cup for not playing stylishly enough and being 'boring'. Mourinho is a character alright but plays functional efficient football. Winning yes but attractive ?? Stylish ?? No Real want the lot, anything else is not good enough. Strange but true.

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  • 4. At 4:05pm on 23 May 2010, Mr Red wrote:

    it seems JM could bring Real Madrid what they want most in the CL, but unfortunately most of the supporters don't like his style of football. it would be a black mark on his rather privileged CV though if he was sacked after just one year in the job in Madrid if he fails to do what is usually the crowning cherry on any managers reign.
    if he wants to remain the self named special one, then he should stay well clear of the Bernabeu.

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  • 5. At 4:09pm on 23 May 2010, jollyeric wrote:

    Jose won't care about making Inter the first club to win consecutive champion's leagues. No manager has ever won two in a row or won three with different clubs. Those are recirds that would be open to him at Madrid and the challenges he'll want to face. Not to mention the prospect of winning a new league.

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  • 6. At 4:10pm on 23 May 2010, The United Way wrote:

    Mourinho going to Madrid is great for him.

    All he has to do is win a single title of the three and he will be a 'success'. Of course he is not there long-term.

    It is win-win:

    Should he succeed - even more lauding and potentially the biggest job in football awaiting him - to succeed Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
    Should he fail - everyone will blame it on Madrid being a circus act.

    He has the funds, he has a world-class attack and a fanbase that no longer care how they do it, but simply beating Barcelona.

    The opportunist will love it, and I believe that he has not only the capability, but the situation in which he will most likely succeed.

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  • 7. At 4:15pm on 23 May 2010, finsbury-gooner wrote:

    madrid got rid of capello due to his dull, defensive tactics despite him winning la liga, why then do madrid want to a revert to a manager who's style of play is even more defensive?

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  • 8. At 4:17pm on 23 May 2010, AudenGrey wrote:

    Jose is special,it is as simple as that. If you want to be a winner, hire a winner. If you want to be a loser....there is always Wenger..

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  • 9. At 4:18pm on 23 May 2010, harbo52 wrote:

    Don't believe his style of play is what Real are looking for ( likewise Benitez who has been linked with Real in the past ) but if he brings them the Champions league, I guess they will take it.

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  • 10. At 4:22pm on 23 May 2010, mclarenteam wrote:

    If he goes good

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  • 11. At 4:24pm on 23 May 2010, downbyone10minstogo wrote:

    I still can't believe the Nerazzuri did it! AWESOME. I never imagined back in 1992 (when I started to follow the team) that we would start to catch up our city rivals on Europe's biggest stage.

    My thoughts towards Jose are mixed. I'm obviously grateful, but it always seemed inevitable that he would tick the Italian box and move on. However, given his former links with Barcelona and Real's propensity to sack a coach at the first sign of trouble, I'm unsure why he wants to head to Madrid.

    Nevertheless, if it's what he wants, good luck to him! I have to say, as a soccer fan, I'm convinced he has yet to demonstrate the ability to shape new, youthful teams. Ranieri laid a lot of groundwork for him at Chelsea, as had Mancini at Inter. Jose is undoubtedly an excellent tactician and motivator but, let's face it, Real already have an excellent squad so it's debatable how much of a "new" project Madrid really will be.

    Kudos to all the Inter team, but especially goalscorer Milito and captain Zanetti. The latter has been a loyal servant in the club's finest tradition -- I think his legacy is close to that of Facchetti's now.

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  • 12. At 4:27pm on 23 May 2010, Simon wrote:

    Its understandable that he craves success with a different team, but there is something to be said for the managers that stick around for the long term, through thick and thin, rather than bouncing from already strong team to already strong team.

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  • 13. At 4:30pm on 23 May 2010, ffaabb wrote:

    good article,phil, but i think u are overestimating inter here.To me,inter not undeservedly won the champions league but luck played huge part in their road to CL glory.Plain penalty appeals were denied to Chelsea n Barca and dey could have lost to Chelsea or Barca itself in spite of dominating them.
    There is no realistic chance to win CL again with inter as Barca n Madrid are too strong n will be even more stronger in the season to come.If he leaves inter next season without winning CL he will be deemed a failure by media and this triumph will b considered a fluke, but if he leaves now,and inter do not win it again, he will always be remembered as a mastermind who won a CL for inter out of nowhere. SO, to me, it's a good move to Madrid and he can certainly win trophies there.

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  • 14. At 4:30pm on 23 May 2010, Kevin wrote:

    I'm not sure I buy into this idea of him being selfish, and that he's only out to win for himself. I'll bet if you ask any manager, they'll most likely tell you that their reasons they enter the game are to succeed beyond all other competitors on a personal level, something which Mourinho has once again achieved with his latest European Cup win.

    I must admit, I agree with Phil in that it'd be something really special if he were to retain the trophy with Inter, particularly with all the implications that go with this (removing AC Milan from that record, for instance). However, it's no secret that he's been less than impressed with the nature of the Italian press, who are probably as cynical as their country's style of football.

    The one thing I can't quite understand is why he would go to Real: during his presidency, Mr. Pérez has always been in control of transfers, which I can't see Mourinho buying into. Perhaps the lure of a lucrative salary, and a possible change of approach from Pérez (and also a chance of yet more history-making) will prove enough for José to sign for them.

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  • 16. At 4:34pm on 23 May 2010, Jay wrote:

    It isnt strange that he wants to leave. For a few months he has been talking about how he isnt happy in Italy, why stay if you arent happy?

    As for going to Real, that is the poisoned chalice for managers I think, win the league and they sack you, forget to tell Raul he is great and they sack you etc etc.

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  • 17. At 4:37pm on 23 May 2010, KeithBhoys wrote:

    I think Mourinho will definitely be at Real Madrid next season. Being from Portugal, like Ronaldo, he will see this as being his dream job close to home and he wants to manage in Spain before he retires.

    I don't know how successful he will be, though. With Barcelona flexing their muscles already with the signing of David Villa and possibly Cesc on the way, Jose will have some job to try and wrestle La Liga away from them.

    He keeps saying he wants to return to England one day. I'm sure the one he wants is the United job but Fergie is going nowhere yet it seems. If he took the City or Liverpool job he may rule himself out of the United post.

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  • 18. At 4:39pm on 23 May 2010, Peter wrote:

    Real is changing their coaches as others do their underpants.

    Just instant and complete success is a guarantee for another season at the helm. Only winning the league or CL is not enough what quite a few coaches have experienced since the 90`s.

    Real wants flowing and attacking football as well especially with the new Galacticos assembled at the Santiago Bernabeu over the last year and surely more to come.

    If the special one is that special to all the Real requirements is very doubtfull. Jose is a world class coach, no doubt about that regardless if you like or hate him. But as he`s single minded and stands his ground it could lead to a confrontation with Perez and the supporters about his style of play.

    I`m not suprised that he wants to leave Italy for the reasons widely known and to take up one of the top jobs in world football, but it could end in another early exit like the one at Chelsea in 2007.

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  • 19. At 4:44pm on 23 May 2010, Charlie wrote:

    Phil, how can you not see why Jose would want to move to Madrid?

    Jose himself explained it best: "Real Madrid is Real Madrid."

    "if you don't go to Real Madrid, or if you don't play for Real Madrid - you have always a little space on your career."

    Why wouldn't he take the chance to win the champions league with a third club? He's more likely to win it with Real's resources than Inter's. Also there's the chance to win a domestic title in a fourth European league. A chance to prove he can combine winning football with style with a collosal transfer budget.

    Just as at Porto he's hit a glass ceiling with Inter. He's achieved all that is left to achieve in Italy. He's won the lot. But the allure of Madrid, where there is work to be done to shift the dominance of the mighty Barca. Now that's an exciting project.

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  • 20. At 4:44pm on 23 May 2010, Pete wrote:

    Personally, I have to agree with Wilko on this. I believe José will leave Inter and will definitely be manager of Real Madrid by the start of the new Spanish season. Mourinho has stated that he dislikes Italian football and has had a lot of problems with the authorities in Italy. He's now won everything in Italian football and is a European champion again, what else is there for him? Yes, he could build a dynasty at Inter and continue to win Serie A, but Mourinho will want a new challenge in Spain and that challenge will be at Real Madrid.

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  • 21. At 4:57pm on 23 May 2010, lorus59 wrote:

    Barcelona will be even stronger next year than they were this year. It will take the Madrid players a while to adapt to Mourinho's style and they could find themselves well behind and playing boring football. Will the Madrid fans accept that?

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  • 22. At 5:00pm on 23 May 2010, David wrote:

    Sensible to leave Inter Milan. He could really do any better next season after winning the treble. The team isn't particular young, and quite a few plyers will need replacing. By leaving now he ensures legendary status at Milan.
    At Real Madrid he has some good players, and to be honest doesn't really need to do that much, just challenge Barcelona for the title, and get further in the champions league than his predecessors. La Liga isn't that competitive. with two teams way ahead of the rest. I saw Majorca play in September, and they were playing in front of 10k fans, and finished 5th in the league. So he is basically guaranteed to be in the top two, and just needs to beat Barcelona. In the champions league, you always need a bit of luck, but you could easilt see them making the semi's at least.
    If he fails, he will have done no worse than any of the other managers, and most people will say it is Real Madrid's fault in not giving him enough time. By then the Man Utd job will probably be available.

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  • 23. At 5:02pm on 23 May 2010, Dunmow Wolf wrote:

    Mourinho is box office no matter where he goes. Maybe the football is not as attractive as Barca but then again who else is? Mourinho is a winner and manages to get the best from his players, even when played out of position as Et'o has. I fully expect him to be at Real next season. It will be interesting to see what he makes of Ronaldo. Can't see him tracking back making tackles etc but you never know!

    I would love to see him take on the England job at some point in the future. I suspect the bigwigs at the FA would be far too afraid to appoint a loose cannon like Jose! Takes me back to the late, great Brian Clough. Although football is now very different from those days obviously.

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  • 24. At 5:03pm on 23 May 2010, andre wrote:

    BIG JOSE IS AN INTELECT HIS STRATEGY IS KNOWING DIFFERENT TEAM MOVES, HENCE HIS TEAM CHANGES, WITH THIS I THINGK HE WILL MOVE.
    ITS GOOD FOR HIM HOPE NO ONE PLANS BAD FOR HIM IN HIS PROFFESSIION.
    "I KNOW HE HAS A BIG DREAM"

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  • 25. At 5:04pm on 23 May 2010, red_assassin wrote:


    i just fail to understand keep on harping like a headless chicken upon mou's departure to madrid without looking at the history of fracas which exists between their star player cr9(80 million pounds) and mou.His style of play and the demanding supporters of madrid aside there si a different angle to this intriguing plot.Apparenty

    Three years ago , Mourinho's Chelsea were on the brink of losing their Premier League title to Manchester United. Mourinho responded with a few illnatured rants and Cristiano Ronaldo, United's shining star, told Portuguese television that his countryman 'does not know how to admit his own failures'.
    Mourinho responded with a tirade which was brutally demeaning, even by his own standards. 'It's not even a game between me and him (Ronaldo),' said Mourinho. 'A kid made some statements not showing maturity and respect. Maybe it's his difficult childhood, no education. Maybe it's the consequence of that.'
    Mourinho is a university-educated man who was raised in an affluent, middle class household. Ronaldo was brought up in a tin-roofed shack; his mother a cleaner, his father a council gardener who died of alcoholism.
    Sir Alex Ferguson came to Ronaldo's aid with a few memorably crushing phrases: 'Coming from a poor background does not mean you are uneducated,' he said. 'Some people from very poor backgrounds have got principles but some people with education have no principles and that, without question, is the case here.'




    So i think we need to take this into jumping into conclusions.Give the article a read if you have the time.
    Phil would like your views on how this could hinder mou's move

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  • 26. At 5:04pm on 23 May 2010, Harry Garkins - DFC wrote:

    Re 14.
    The big European clubs all have directors of football, massive scouting networks, academy managers and multiple different coaches. A manager's job is more about motivating and setting them out correctly.

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  • 27. At 5:09pm on 23 May 2010, ijohnap wrote:

    Once again Jose runs away...
    Porto,Chelsea,Inter...
    Real Madrid next...
    What's the matter Jose?..Don't you have the stamina to stay for the long run?
    You're still very young to keep running to different leagues.
    where next??.....

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  • 28. At 5:11pm on 23 May 2010, DanishTorres52 wrote:

    Real will be well aware of his style. So either they want La Liga and CL back at any cost or they're hoping a coach of his reputation will attract the best players from which they make so much money marketing. Seems they have plenty already though...

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  • 29. At 5:16pm on 23 May 2010, writtenbyfansforfans wrote:

    It will not be surprising to see him move to Real Madrid and I actually think it will be the right choice for him. He has won everything with Inter and I think what drives him is bringing success to clubs the first time, if you know what I mean. I think once he has won it all he gets bored quickly and wants a new challenge.

    http://the-fa-premier-league.blogspot.com

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  • 30. At 5:19pm on 23 May 2010, TheTomTyke wrote:

    I'd much rather become the first man to win the Champions' League three times than defend it. Mourinho is right when he says he's achieved all he can, the challenge Real Madrid currently face must be far too tempting to pass up. Embarrassingly dumped out of the Champion's League for the past seven years and with your rivals the best team in world football I feel Mourinho has much more to do at Madrid, and, given the chance, who says he won't be able to win it and then defend it somewhere else?

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  • 31. At 5:23pm on 23 May 2010, Twirlip wrote:

    I'd prefer to see him stay at Inter for at least a couple of more years but that looks unlikely now. He could have continuted success there, as money is available to refresh the aging squad. And lets face it, a lot of the best players on Europe will want to play for Mourinho now.

    Since the move to Real seems like almost a certainty, I think he'll be a success there as well. He'll probably make his signing with them contingent on his being able to bring in a few defenders though.

    I don't see why he'd be anxious to move to Man United if/when he returns to England. Man City strikes me as a more likely move. It would fit his pattern of joining rich but somewhat underperforming clubs and bringing them trophies. He'll win his fourth CL with a fourth club and then move to the international stage.

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  • 32. At 5:23pm on 23 May 2010, sagamix wrote:

    Very good but has become overrated, so needs to keep moving on. Real is perfect.

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  • 33. At 5:29pm on 23 May 2010, leoleoleomessi wrote:

    i can't help but laugh at the fact that mourinho said that barca were obsessed, but yet hes going off to a club who are a lot more obsessed with beating barcelona than anything else
    i don't think he should leave inter, but he will.

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  • 34. At 5:33pm on 23 May 2010, BulletMonkey wrote:

    10. At 4:22pm on 23 May 2010, lewishamiltonforever wrote:

    If he goes good

    ---

    Thanks for your input. I've read more stimulating statements on toilet doors.

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  • 35. At 5:33pm on 23 May 2010, DadosBandage wrote:

    i just dont think Madrid fans will accept football the way Mourinho's teams play. i mean even winning the Champions League was not enough in 97 for Heynckes to keep his job.

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  • 36. At 5:33pm on 23 May 2010, excitedmanutd wrote:

    25. @red_assassin -- apparently, Ronaldo is looking forward to working with Mourinho. CR says Mourinho apologies for his crass remarks and everything is now hunkydory. See this link:

    http://cristianoronaldo101.com/tag/jose-mourinho/

    What interests me more is whether someone with CR's talent, style-of-play and ego can be reined-in by Mourinho. Two hotheads together is likely to result in some spectacular fireworks.

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  • 37. At 5:37pm on 23 May 2010, TheRBman wrote:

    The problems with Inter Milan set in a long time ago. The confrontations with the press and the club are well documented, suddenly all that is forgotten now he has brought such great success. The trouble is Mourinho does not forget and I expect this decision was made a long time ago. Things could well go pear shaped at Real Madrid, the fans will not like his winning at the expense of style. Either way, the sooner he comes back to English football, the better for all parties IMO. Mourinho has nothing to prove any more, especially in England where he believes he is most respected. Give him an English club where he is far more involved in the whole running of the club and it looks a win / win situation.

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  • 38. At 5:37pm on 23 May 2010, Harry Garkins - DFC wrote:

    33.

    It was all mind-games and they worked!

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  • 39. At 5:40pm on 23 May 2010, Keeneeniho wrote:

    Why is this blog being kept while robbo robson and quotes of the week are being removed?
    surely matters in our home country are more interesting to the majority

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  • 40. At 5:40pm on 23 May 2010, sujilo wrote:

    I believe for Jose it is the game itself. The idea being to be the very best. He chooses each team carefully and does what is required to reach the collective goal. Jose Mourinho is to football as Sun Tzu is to "The Art of War.

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  • 41. At 5:46pm on 23 May 2010, blackandblueblade wrote:

    #2 - Sam2samsam

    Mourinho's defensive tactics? How many more English fans are going to base their whole opinions on how players/teams perform against English clubs/on English TV?

    Ibrahimovic is apparently overrated because it took him 5 games to score against an English club in European competition.

    Diego Forlan has apparently laid his English ghosts to rest by knocking Liverpool and Fulham out of the Europa League. I would argue his 120 La Liga goals suggest he isn't really bothered about that.

    And now Inter/Mourinho are defensive. Inter were the top scorers at home and away in Serie for the past 2 seasons under Mour. His Chelsea and Porto sides were regularly the top scorers under him too.

    The point about him not building a side from scratch is irrelevant too, and maybe one created to protect Sir Alex from losing his 'best ever' crown. No, Mourinho hasn't turned a second tier team into champions, but he has never inherited a team capable to doing what he has gone on to achieve with them, i.e. a huge majority of the players who have played a crucial role under him have been bought by him; Maniche, Costinha and Derlei at Porto, Drogba, Carvalho and Essien at Chelsea, Milito, Lucio and Sneijder at Inter etc. The players he has inherited, he has transformed into truly world class players and champions, Deco, Terry, Cambiasso etc.

    I personally feel it is too early to leave Inter, he has performed the perfectly but the project is still only two years old. Chelsea have gone on to fight for trophies since Mourinho because he built a strong unit that provided all managers since with a great opportunity. I don't feel Inter are yet in that position, with an aging squad and lack of depth, to carry the baton on without him.

    FORZA RAGAZZI

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  • 42. At 5:48pm on 23 May 2010, TPRM wrote:

    Just a point about Mourinho and the Italian press; I'm afraid I can't remember the source (but it may well have been somewhere on BBC Sport), but I remember reading an article about Inter's position in Italian football: Inter are HATED by the rest of Italy (they are Serie A's Man United, and then some), possibly because they are "International" and therefore seen as not Italian.

    What Mourinho has done (as is his wont, and perhaps greatest skill), is create a seige, "us-versus-them" mentality in the Inter squad, AND taken all the bile from the Italian media and supporters of other teams on himself, thereby taking all the pressure off his squad and the Inter President, Moratti.

    Now, it seems, the Italian media hate Mourinho more than Inter. They'll probably miss him when he's gone though...

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  • 43. At 5:49pm on 23 May 2010, garyreally wrote:

    Just before midnight last night on the German SAT1 TV channel, Jose gave an interview confirming 100% that this was his last game for Inter and he was going to Real. For the Germans it was no great thing, so that´s why I suppose they made no story of it. But it is a done deal confirmed by the master/twit( depending on your view) himself

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  • 44. At 5:51pm on 23 May 2010, Face Value wrote:

    Is Mourinho king, only one way to prove it.
    Go to Blackpool and keep them up.

    That will earn respect...

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  • 45. At 5:53pm on 23 May 2010, Kevin wrote:

    @27 - what are you on? If you're younger, it's the best time to move around the leagues, as you've got the energy and adaptability to go and live in so many different places, be confronted by different styles/critiques, adjust your style according to different players and boards, etc. etc. He's already said he will manage internationally when he's older; hopefully this will be England for about 10 years before he retires! :-D

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  • 46. At 5:54pm on 23 May 2010, jauntycyclist wrote:

    defending the champions league not challenge enough? or winning it threes time in a row with the same club? consistency is the proof of greatness?

    however given egos play a bit part in football on and off the pitch he must have assessed that egos at clubs make it impossible to do such feat?

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  • 47. At 5:56pm on 23 May 2010, LeeMeade wrote:

    Solving the Real Madrid 'puzzle' is what intrigues and challenges Morinho. No matter where else he goes after this, Madrid will be the highlight (or not) of his career. It's the biggest club in the world forever and always. For a guy like Morinho who's driven by relentless ambition, where else can he go and have this kind of challenge, and this possibility?

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  • 48. At 5:57pm on 23 May 2010, Kevin wrote:

    Oh, and @41: Ibrahimovic is overrated not because he took 5 games to score against an English club, but rather because he's an arrogant, lazy excuse of a footballer. If he actually put his mind to it and consistently put in the effort expected, he'd be more widely accepted as a top, top player. Sadly for Swedish fans, he is very seldom "in the mood" to perform.

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  • 49. At 6:00pm on 23 May 2010, Sevenseaman wrote:

    The move to Real is dictated by the megalomaniac ambitions that are fueled by many hats that beckon Mourinho like an irresistible siren;

    i) Mourinho is moving from club to club to prove its him who takes one to the pinnacle and not the intrinsic values owned by the club itself; cite Porto, Chelsea and Inter.
    ii) For some unknown reason he has the burning desire to cut Barcelona to size by winning La Liga. Teach them a lasting lesson.
    iii) He wants to do the unparalleled triple of winning the CL with three different clubs.
    iv) At the end of it all, march back to England to a club of his choice in triumphal regalia, to rub it in where it all started; A Roman sacking him must learn, 'no one ever sacks the special one.

    That he will be close to home, or he will be happier in Spain as compared to Italy, or he has had big personal differences with CR9 in the past or many other irritants a person of his strong likes and dislikes is bound to incur along the way, are minor matters. These are mere trivialities of a nitty gritty needed to structure his approach to any new job.

    It will be quite a gesture for Mourinho if he stayed. But this will be against the grain, against his nature, against the run of the play, to use a footy term.

    My guess therefore is that the special one moves to Bernabeu Santiago, in pursuit of immortality, the beckoning siren.

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  • 50. At 6:05pm on 23 May 2010, Polis wrote:

    I dont know why people are questioning his desire to leave and go to another club. When he went to Inter, he went to win the Chamions League for them. This is what the president wanted from the beginning. Now he is done it, lets move to new pastures. Its best to leave when you are on top.

    Also, there is a lot of criticism about the way Mourinho's teams are playing. I can honestly say I watched a few Inter games this year and I loved them, they beat Barcelone 3-1 for God's shake. What else do you want them to do, beat them 6-1?

    Chelsea is still his team, let's not forget that. Whatever they achieved in the last years without him, it was still his team, his players. I believe the year that they made it to the CL final with Grant, if Mourinho was at the helm, Chelsea would have been the winners, simple as that!!

    Murinho is one of the gifted managers around, those we hate him is because they can't stand the fact that a human being can be so talented and fortunate as he is.

    God bless you Jose

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  • 51. At 6:05pm on 23 May 2010, buymespresso wrote:

    When you are young (as the Special One is, by manager standards) you want to set records. Especially if you are a manager with a 75% record for winning your domestic league - Jose has won six domestic titles (and two continental titles) in his first eight years as a manager.

    He wants to win La Liga (possibly as much as another Champions League) to complete the set. Real Madrid is the only club he thinks he can do that with - though whether he'll be allowed enough control at Real (who treat their coaches horribly) is another question. Personally, I'd much rather see him become manager of, say, Valencia.

    I don't think Real is a good fit for him, and I think he knows that, but he wants to give it a shot. Like youngsters everywhere, let him have a go. He's tough enough to live with the consequences if he fails - and there are lots of people who would love to see him fail.

    After Real inevitably fires him (whether he wins anything or not, because that's what Real does) in a year or three, he'll be free enough (in his head) to return to England or Inter.

    And as long as Inter don't hire Benitez or Domenech as his replacement, they should be fine going for a sixth scudetto in a row.

    Blame the Italian press for failing to worship him :-) Now if you don't mind, I must return to watching IOSS reruns.

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  • 52. At 6:06pm on 23 May 2010, james wrote:

    The Mourinho deal is already signed. There are a number of players he would like to sign . One of Real Madrids problem positions this season has been left back. There have been reports about Ashley Cole, however this will not happen. The player Real Madrid have identified for the left back position is Aly Cissokho of Lyon.

    The Left winger they will sign is likely to be Angel Di Maria of Benfica.
    I think Mourinho will also try to sign Steven Gerrard or Frank Lampard for the centre midfield spot alongside Xabi Alonso. I think it's also possible he will move for Maicon . People have linked him with Lucio and Samuel , though i think for a number of reasons this wont happen. First of all Lucio's reputation has grown since his move to Inter Milan , so i doubt Florentino Perez will be willing to spend 20 million on a 31 year old defender. The reason for Samuel is similair , added to the fact he played for Real Madrid before , and it did not work out. I also think Jose Mourinho will want a new striker as Benzema and Higuain are young players , a tad naive , and i don't think Mourinho will trust a young player to carry his team in all competitions. So i expect him to go for either Drogba , Millito , or even at a push Samuel Eto'o.

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  • 53. At 6:09pm on 23 May 2010, Twirlip wrote:

    >>" Mourinho is moving from club to club to prove its him who takes one to the pinnacle and not the intrinsic values owned by the club itself; cite Porto, Chelsea and Inter"


    I think he's made his point. Don't you?


    >>"He wants to do the unparalleled triple of winning the CL with three different clubs"

    I don't believe he will stop at three.



    >>"At the end of it all, march back to England to a club of his choice in triumphal regalia, to rub it in where it all started"

    It did not all start in England. If that's his thinking he will move back to Portugal.

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  • 54. At 6:12pm on 23 May 2010, buymespresso wrote:

    Don't forget that the match fixing scandal in Italy - the one that sent AC Milan and Juventus to Serie B - is still being investigated. More top teams may be implicated, including Inter. Italian football is a sinking ship, and no place for any self-respecting rat to stay. Why stay with a team that could get punished for stuff that happened before your time?

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  • 55. At 6:15pm on 23 May 2010, Twirlip wrote:

    Most amazing Mourinho statistic

    - No Mourinho coached team has lost a home game in league play since 2002. That covers 136 games at Porto, Chelsea, and Inter.

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  • 56. At 6:15pm on 23 May 2010, laughingdevil wrote:

    After watching Jose at Chelsea it is obvious that he has a sell by date at any club. My work colleague who is a season ticket holder couldn't even defend him at the start of his final season. His transfer dealings were wierd, his attidue prickly, his selections and tactics confused. It seems that he just can't settle down.

    Inter are another example of that.

    Many of his fans are now saying he is the greatest manager alive after winning the CL for a second time with a different club, I however disagree. Phil is right I think to stay and try and defend it, to be the first manager in decades to win back to backs AND also have won it with 2 different clubs would be an amazing achievment, and besides they'll be plenty of opportunites to manage Real in the future :)

    Joses problem is that he can't see that doing it all again is a bigger achievement than doing it once, to build continuing success with a team over a 5+ year period shows true managerial genius. The first year is much easier than the 2nd, beacuse the 2nd year people learn how to play against you, the 3rd is even harder because by then even the lower teams have a good plan, your players get older, injured, past it and you have to replace them while moving forward constantly.

    At Chelsea he failed spectacularly to hold it together in the 3rd year, and the fact that they have just won the league with basically the same core team that played for him show that it wasn't the players ability that was lacking.

    When you have so much arrogance, when you think you are the best and have proved it, it is hard to kick on, and yet, by his own measure he failed in England because he didn't win the Champions league.

    Staying would be the biggest challenge of his career.

    Real will be the easier option.

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  • 57. At 6:18pm on 23 May 2010, Geoff wrote:

    Mourinho is definitely going to Madrid. He admitted it himself last night on German TV.

    To those saying his football is not what Real would want, I would point you to his 1st season in charge of Chelsea, they were excellent to watch.

    With players like Kaka, Ronaldo and Xabi Alonso in their squad, it will be difficult for Real not to play football!

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  • 58. At 6:20pm on 23 May 2010, Luis Nunes wrote:

    Jose will go away of Inter, and I do think, that is a excellent decision.
    Nothing to win at Italy, only troubles.
    If, Italy's football is like he think it is, just get out of it.
    Other coaches did similar mistake, and blamed themselves till today. Nothing to prove there, go to Real Madrid or whatever.
    If it was at England, very good, nowhere else.



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  • 59. At 6:28pm on 23 May 2010, city ground resident wrote:

    IF he is going to be the next Real manager, IMO it will be his biggest challenge yet, and by some way. Firstly, he has never struggled to win the league, as far as i can remember, with any of his clubs so far; this simply will not be the case in La Liga. Barcelona's squad for next year, even without Fabregas, is going to be absolutely insane, so it will take a lot for them to even win the league. Secondly, how much is Florentino Perez going to let him do his own thing? I don't know if he will have the freedom he is used to, and remember when Abramovich started to lessen his control at Chelsea he didn't like it and left.

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  • 60. At 6:29pm on 23 May 2010, Feldman61 wrote:

    I don't think that he's making a bad decision. He's just won the treble with Inter Milan, and chances are, he won't win it again next year with them. That means that, in his eyes, next year won't be as big a sucess and not only this, you can't really move forward from what he's won.

    If he goes to Real Madrid that could be his fourth(?) league win in different countries. I don't think he'll pass it down.

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  • 61. At 6:30pm on 23 May 2010, perfidiousalbion wrote:

    Mourihno is objectionable, arrogant and lacking all respect for rivals.

    None of which will be a problem at Real Madrid.

    Madrid fans, however, are very demanding and won't put up with his screamingly boring anti-football for very long. Of course they want to win something, ... but they also want to see good football. And all the prima donnas on the Madrid payroll, both on and off the pitch, will take about two days to be totally at loggerheads with him.

    That said, as a Barça man, the the idea of seeing Mourihno's face after Barça beat Madrid twice again next year is a prospect to relish.

    Bring him on!

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  • 62. At 6:31pm on 23 May 2010, jdgmedia wrote:

    Two or three seasons in Madrid for Jose, and then back to England to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.

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  • 63. At 6:34pm on 23 May 2010, U7161659 wrote:

    "Mourinho also now has the respect of the Inter fans, if not their complete affection"
    I can assure you right now Mourinho is the Messiah in Inter fans' eyes. He could go and sleep with any Inter fan's spouse, male or female, and all they'd ask as how much sugar he wants in his morning coffee when's finished.

    Last time you wrote that if he didn't win the final he'd be considered a failure - another load of piffle.

    Phil, I find your blogs infuriating - you really have no idea what you are talking about.

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  • 64. At 6:35pm on 23 May 2010, U7161659 wrote:

    "On Saturday night, I actually watched the game not at the Santiago Bernabeu, as I did not have a ticket, but in a bar close to the centre of Madrid."
    The same as us. So why should we care about what you have to say?

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  • 65. At 6:37pm on 23 May 2010, Joseph Mumford wrote:

    I think it's the right decision. As ManUnitedRooney10 said above it's a win-win situation. Plus this could be the last opportunity JM gets to manage RM and considering his history with Barca it's the perfect chance to make some history.
    If I was lucky enough to be in his situation I wouldn't hesitate to make the same decision.

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  • 66. At 6:38pm on 23 May 2010, Arshavin the Russian Gooner wrote:

    Mourinho is in my opinion the best manager in the world,simply brilliant. As an Arsenal fan I didn't like him at Chelsea but I like him his quotesb are class. Well Done Inter. That Jose knows how to win games 35 percent possesion but they still won 2-0. Bayern didn't have the cutting edge and they would be the weakest team ever to win the Champions League. Yes they beat Florentina,Juve,Man U and Lyon but by the skin of there teeth in two of them.

    Jose=World Class Manager


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  • 67. At 6:38pm on 23 May 2010, U7161659 wrote:

    And another one...
    "Various scenarios can be explored about who may take over from Mourinho but don't be surprised to see the likes of Giovanni Trapattoni and Scolari among the names that crop up.

    Trapattoni?? SCOLARI???? Where did you read that?

    At least for England fans, Fabio Capello's name is not likely to be linked too closely"
    In fact Capello IS one of thetwo names currently linked to Inter, the other being Sinisa Mijhatovic.

    Once again - do some research before you write your articles. You can fool McNulty, as he knows next to nothing about European football, but you can't fool us.

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  • 68. At 6:40pm on 23 May 2010, Wayne Kerr wrote:

    Basically I agree with ManUnitedRooney10 - that Real is a win-win situation for him with a slight difference. Mourinho is a strategist. It's all about money. He was interesting to Real before the Final but no point in him talking to them seriously since he's already on additional huge money with Inter to stay with them if he delivered. Now that he's delivered, any counter-offer from Real Madrid will need to be..what?..double what he was worth beforehand? If Real Msdrid offer that kind of cash, he'll go, but if they don't, he can stay at Inter and they'll be obliged to match close to what he expected anyway? Something like that? Say 60M Euros over three years in the balance and all he needs to do is sit back?

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  • 69. At 6:42pm on 23 May 2010, Andy Ateli wrote:

    Murhino could make history if he stays in Inter to be the only manager to win it twice with the same club,he can also make history if he goes to Real maldrid to become the only manager to win champions league three times with three different clubs.However,an actor leaves the stage when the ovation is very high.He is a man with strong character and has stated he doesn't like Italy and they don't like him,so i don't think the victory to inter could mend the relationship.

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  • 70. At 6:48pm on 23 May 2010, MU_FC wrote:

    After he has done at Real (because it seems certain he'll go there) if he has achieved what he wants I hope he goes to a team that isn't too far down the table and forms them into a side he wants and starts winning titles with them (Teams like Roma, Fiorentina in Italy, Valencia or Villarreal in Spain or Spurs or Villa in England teams around there) because it would certainly shake up football from being the same winners.

    Better yet he could win a title with someone other than Rangers or Celtic in Scotland (Never see him going there though).

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  • 71. At 6:49pm on 23 May 2010, hjwsview wrote:

    I think the key from Jose is his love of English football. Would he go back to Chelsea? - I can`t see it happening. He wants Manchester United but Sir Alex still has the desire to carry on. In the meantime does he stay in Italy or risk the under-achievers in Madrid. Barcelona have made it clear they are prepared to spend to stay where they are which makes Real a huge task. If he takes it and fails he will probably loose United. What a decision!

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  • 72. At 6:56pm on 23 May 2010, FootballManagementConsultant MUFC OK wrote:

    Mourinho always leaves on a high with the fans wanting more. I'm sure he is smart enough to know it will be extremely unlikely he will repeat this success next season at Inter, and so best to leave now with the fans forever singing his name and being indebted to him for his work, just like Chelsea were/are. If he were to stay another year and see it fizzle out (just like it did at Chelsea) then he would be held in less regard than he is now.

    I think people are wrong about Mourinho being money-motivated, sure he will take whatever huge salary he is offered but he is far more concerned with winning the league in all major European countries and breaking records. Also on his mind will be the likes of Paisley holding the record of winning 3 European Cups as a manager, Mourinho will want to at least equal this and more probably better it.

    It's frightening really, Mourinho is only 47 and he has already won 6 league titles in 3 countries and 2 CL trophies with 2 different clubs. Potentially he has another 20 years left in management, I'm sure that is enough time to better Fergie's 11 league titles and win 3,4 or maybe even 5 Champions League trophies. After that maybe a WC?


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  • 73. At 7:01pm on 23 May 2010, SummersIron wrote:

    67. xth

    Your point about Capello seems valid. Or partly, anyway. I was talking to my Italian friend, a huge follower of Serie A, and he says the word in Italy is that it will be either Capello or - wait for it - Rafael Benitez!
    I raised Phil's argument about Capello already having played for and managed AC Milan, and this was pooh-poohed, on the basis that he has already represented Roma and Juventus as well.

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  • 74. At 7:15pm on 23 May 2010, leoleoleomessi wrote:

    52.
    Eto'o would never go to Real Madrid, he loved Barcelona.
    Milito only moved to Inter last summer, I think it's unlikely he'll move again. Especially as the Inter fans adore him now.
    Drogba would cost a lot, and he's probably only got about 1 season of good football left in him.

    I think Real Madrid have enough striking power in Higuain and Ronaldo. Benzema will probably be offloaded, so a sub striker would be required.

    It's hard to know what to do with Real Madrid, not that I've put much thought into it. But Mourinho will build a rock solid defence, like he has at Inter, then maybe add a new midfielder to his squad.

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  • 75. At 7:15pm on 23 May 2010, seenitallbefore wrote:

    Makes sense for him to go. It can only go downhill at Inter.

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  • 76. At 7:15pm on 23 May 2010, U7161659 wrote:

    @SummersIron

    Yes, I should have mentioned Benitez too - he was being mentioned too up to last week, as was Hiddink, but he seems intentioned to stay at Liverpool, so it's down to those two at the moment. Even Hodgson got a mention in the very early days of the post-Mourinho speculation!

    Phil's argument about Capello, again, piffle. There isn't that much hatred between the two Milan sides, Inter's big rival is Juve. The stumbling block, if any, would be the fact Capello coached Juve during the football scandal years.

    It's quite annoying from a BBC blog, papers like the Gazzetta have an English version http://english.gazzetta.it/ (ok, the translations are a bit weird, but still) You'd expect them to do some research rather than just making up stuff.

    Scolari indeed!

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  • 77. At 7:18pm on 23 May 2010, landofthelions2 wrote:

    I've been away so long I don't know where to start.
    But anyway congrats to Jose with another holy grail!
    I'm a bit sad that he didn't win it with us but it's always great to see him having success because I know it bothers the hell out of these purist from Barca and Arsenal saying that his teams are playing boring football!
    Some facts are needed to put this in perspective.

    I believe that both Chelsea and Inter were/are top-scoring teams during his tenure at these respective clubs.
    At the same time he broke the record of most points won in PL with Chelsea.

    Boring football? Yeah right!

    People who don't work with football usually don't understand reality of being in a football match like basic things: knowing when to defend and when to attack. Jose is a tactician and best at what he does right now(bar Fergie) and I'm pretty sure Wenger would have taken his place in a final instead of looking at the camera's at Nou Camp after being thumped by Barca saying his team lost with "style"????

    Most of the supporters will usually agree with what their respective teams manager say (bar Liverpool though) so I wouldn't blame them because you are supose to support your team whatever happens on the pitch, but this witch-hunt against one of the most successful managers in modern football is getting ridiculous and borders on ignorance and stupidity!

    But then again if he wasn't successful people probably wouldn't even bother to give him a second of their day!

    As he said Barca wouldn't hold so many grudges against him if he lost all of the games against them and probably the same with Arsenal(although no matter who is at helm at Chelsea he'd never be most popular figure in their books).

    Anyway the thing I wanted to say is Mourinho will be success at Real as he was at Chelsea and Inter(and Porto as well) and when he finishes his odissey of winning everything worth mentioning in Europe I'm expecting him to come back to Chelsea and finish what he started with us.

    I had this wierd thought that the fallout with Roman was triggered by Jose's wish of managing other teams in Europe and Roman wouldn't have a manager whose thoughts are somewhere else and that they have an agreament that he should get these things out of his system and then come back to Chelsea to manage us for the rest of his days!

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  • 78. At 7:19pm on 23 May 2010, cool_brush_work wrote:

    AudenGrey

    Re #8

    "..loser, there's always Wenger.."

    Spot on!

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLLOLOLOLOLOLOL!

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  • 79. At 7:31pm on 23 May 2010, redforever wrote:

    Agree completely with Landofthelions2. All this talk of Mourinho being a defensive manager is a load of nonsense. I am a Liverpool fan living abroad for many years, and I watch a load of games. Mourinhos Chelsea where not boring. They top scored in their first prem win, and in the second win were second top scorers but conceded something like 15 in 38 games!!

    I am a firm believer that it is bitter United and Arsenal fans (post Wenger, as they were terrible to watch before he came) who think they have some kind of right to call their way of playing pure. Mourinho wants to win with the best players he can get his hands on. If those guys were the current Barcelona line-up he would be playing the kind of game they play MOST weeks, but if he had to play the Barca team against this years Inter, he would have been smart enough to find a way to win, something Pep Guardiola couldn't do.

    Football is far more complicated than just two styles, attacking or defensive. Its about match-ups and situations, and finding a way to win.
    Arsenal have done NOTHING in Europe, despite having a very continental attacking style. United despite dominating the English premiership for 20 years, have just two cups won, neither in great style.

    This is what will happen when Mourinho arrives in Madrid. real Madrid will win La Liga next season and Real Madrid will win the CL withing two seasons. However, he will probably not try to do it with both Kaka AND Ronaldo in the team. The gelled one could very well be moved along at the end of next season, there is only room for one "big head" in Mourinhos clubs

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  • 80. At 7:37pm on 23 May 2010, Twirlip wrote:

    xth wrote:
    "On Saturday night, I actually watched the game not at the Santiago Bernabeu, as I did not have a ticket, but in a bar close to the centre of Madrid."
    The same as us. So why should we care about what you have to say?

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    xtc, you also watched the game in a bar close to the center of Madrid?

    So why should we care about what you have to say?

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  • 81. At 7:42pm on 23 May 2010, Jonny5Alive7 wrote:

    Mourinhno has to go to Madrid this season, so he has enough time to get the team built, win the Champions League and then move to Man Utd in 2 years when Alex Ferguson retires.

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  • 82. At 7:44pm on 23 May 2010, michael wrote:

    Really am happy for Jose and Inter milan.its always good for one to leave when the ovation is high,so this is the right time for Jose to take a bow.He is a great coach.bravo Inter,bravo Jose Mourinho.He will surely leave Inter.

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  • 83. At 7:47pm on 23 May 2010, em614 wrote:

    One thing I found hilarious was Mourinho saying he couldn't pass up the opportunity to manage at Real. He will always have the opportunity, as long as the present incumbent has been there more than a few months. He could quite easily get cast aside at Real though if he doesn't deliver right away (I think he will deliver, but it still seems silly to me to go there right now).

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  • 84. At 7:50pm on 23 May 2010, What Would Clough Do wrote:

    Ronaldo being coached by a Portuguese manager, it's exciting, I don't see how this can miss but I agree, it is too much news all at one time. Better than Scolari and Roman making their plans known to everyone during the Euro Cup though. Too bad, it's not done in a low profile way.

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  • 85. At 7:51pm on 23 May 2010, db wrote:

    To be honest, even if Mourinho got sacked after a season at Real it would hardly devastate his career. Everyone knows about their managerial merrygoround.

    Real Madrid is pretty much the most famous club in Europe you can't really say no to them. I'm sure he'll go. Not sure he'll bring success in his first season as Barca will not be easy to topple but if they board and fans give him a season or two he will have them challenging on all fronts again.

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  • 86. At 7:53pm on 23 May 2010, samwheatley wrote:

    I think the most important thing to realise is that Mourinho is not a 'manager' in the most British sense of the word. He is a coach - Abramovich and Morratti have been in charge of transfers and, to an extent, team selection during Jose's stints at Chelsea and Inter respectively. In those terms, he fits the bill for Real perfectly. Perez buys the players, tells Mourinho who he wants to see playing, and Mourinho shapes the team into an ultra-boring, whinging winning machine.

    Mourinho is an excellent coach. His record is superb at every club he has been in charge of. Is he a good manager? Quite possibly not, and to be honest we won't really know until he assumes proper managerial duties in a long-term position at a club. As other people have said, he hasn't brought through waves of talented young players a la Sir Alex and Arsene Wenger, and nor has he been in a position where he has been ringing round looking for loan signings or bargains on transfer deadline day like the Owen Coyles of this world. He coaches, and he coaches well - a job he could do brilliantly anywhere, even Real Madrid.

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  • 87. At 7:57pm on 23 May 2010, Rorb wrote:

    The only thing to come after this season for Inter is disappoinment, maybe Mourinho isn't good enough for consistant total domination.

    He leaves now, forever etched in the hearts of Inter fans. That'll boost his ego a lot.

    (The money isn't bad also, with all these new contracts, ask Sol Campbell)

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  • 88. At 7:58pm on 23 May 2010, CharLFCx wrote:

    I cant wait for C.Ronaldo's hissy fit when Mourinho smashes his mirror over his head and takes away his hair gel and make-up. Priceless :)
    Mourinho's the Nanny McPhee of football: he comes, he wins, he leaves. Its what he does best. Why does everyone seem suprised? That's what makes him awesome!

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  • 89. At 7:59pm on 23 May 2010, abalsy wrote:

    Point 1 - Mourinho has won everything he can with Inter, and more importantly, he is not entirely happy staying in Italy.

    Point 2 - If he does stay with Inter and does not defend the Champions League successfully, and if the new coach at Real Madrid wins the Champions League, or even the La Liga title (coz, frankly Real are desperate to win something), he is going to have to wait to take charge at Real Madrid. And I believe this year there are two huge openings for top club managers - Real Madrid and I expect Liverpool will also be replacing Benitez. Mourinho also has spoken about how important it is for a coach to go to Real Madrid.

    It does appear certain to me that Mourinho is going to Real, and this time he is not going just go, win everything in the next 2-3 years and move on. I think Jose believes that if he can get it right, he can settle down as Real's manager for a good part of the next decade. And you can bet your bottom dollar (or pound, if you prefer), that if a similar situation arises with Jose when he is at Real, he will go nowhere. In fact, it might be that he thinks he can not only win the Champions League with Real, he also would have the best chance to win it back to back.

    And if he doesn't do well for a couple of years at Real, well, the job at Man Utd wouldnt be too far away, I guess!!

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  • 90. At 8:00pm on 23 May 2010, U7161659 wrote:



    xth wrote:
    "On Saturday night, I actually watched the game not at the Santiago Bernabeu, as I did not have a ticket, but in a bar close to the centre of Madrid."
    The same as us. So why should we care about what you have to say?

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    Twirlip wrote:
    xtc, you also watched the game in a bar close to the center of Madrid?

    So why should we care about what you have to say?

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    oh look, a smart one!

    It doesn't matter whether you care or not. I don't get paid by the BBC for my opinions, do I?

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  • 91. At 8:01pm on 23 May 2010, hackerjack wrote:

    If you can't see why he would want to move then you aren't trying very hard.

    Madrid this summer is the perfect move for him, the perfect place and time.

    He goes as European champion, leaves behind him a legacy of the single most successful season in a long time in Italian football, it would be near impossible to top that next year.

    Madrid offers him a new set of challenges, a practically unlimited cheque book to add to an already mouthwatering cast of pieces including Cassilas, Ramos, Kaka and Ronaldo. A team derided for not being able to play together but the smarter fans will see instead a team who were thrown together last season and was always going to take time to gel. He gets all those players with a year of experience plus one would assume a couple of his own signings.

    Lest we forget they also offer him the chance to go directly up against Barcelona. Should he be able to win La Liga and the Euro Cup (not necessarily together) that would single him out as the greatest manager of our time and perhaps of any other, all potentially before teh age of 50.

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  • 92. At 8:04pm on 23 May 2010, Mohd_enigma wrote:

    Mourinho is the best , he is a genius. I think he mapped how he wants his career to go and I think he will follow the plan. He will head to Spain and make a name for himself there as well and then go back to England as he always say , probably he will go to Manchester (city or United) and when he adds couple of trophies in England (again) he will move on to his ultimate dream , coaching Portugal to win the world cup one day.

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  • 93. At 8:08pm on 23 May 2010, pekster11-save 606 wrote:

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  • 94. At 8:09pm on 23 May 2010, andie99uk wrote:

    Jose is coming to Hull City.
    He wants the chance to win the championship, premiership, FA cup and the Champions league with a small club to prove he really is "the special one".

    Please not, that my tongue is firmly in my cheek.
    Even poor old Hull are allowed to dream...

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  • 95. At 8:13pm on 23 May 2010, John Lias wrote:

    Is it mandatory to write about Mourinho and use that irritating three word phrase he uses to refer to himself ? I just wish someone sometime would avoid it.

    Two things will happen in fairly short order if he moves to Real :

    1. He will win La Liga and The Champions league

    2. He will be sacked because of the boredom of his style in achieving the above.

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  • 96. At 8:14pm on 23 May 2010, perfidiousalbion wrote:

    79 - redforever

    " ... if he had to play the Barça team against this years Inter, he would have been smart enough to find a way to win, something Pep Guardiola couldn't do."

    Excuse me?

    So you slept through Barça 1 - Inter 0?

    Inter won the first leg in Milan refereed by a Portuguese MATE of Mourihno's. Their second goal was scored after the ref ignored a blatant foul on Messi and the scorer of the third was 2m offside. The ref also ensured that Puyol would not play the second leg by showing him a yellow card for no discernible reason.

    The difference between the teams is that Barça are a joy to watch whereas only morbid curiosity could induce anyone to watch a team coached by Mourihno!

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  • 97. At 8:17pm on 23 May 2010, Twirlip wrote:

    xtc
    I don't get paid by the BBC for my opinions, do I?

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    And it's obviously eating you up inside. If you don't care about the blog, you're free to ignore it.

    You remind of the "football fans" who went to 606 on the day of the CL final to whine over and over about how "boring" they supposedly found the game. (Which I doubt they were watching in the first place)

    If you want to say something about football, have at it. Personally, I'm not interested in your non-football resentments.

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  • 98. At 8:18pm on 23 May 2010, SummersIron wrote:

    I'm not sure Mourinho will win games as consistantly as his predecessor - 96 points in a league season and still 2nd must be some kind of record - but he will play the big games (i.e. the classicos) better, in my opinion. He is excellent at taking pressure off players, and this may prove to be the difference; this year, Ronaldo, Kaka, Alonso and Higuain all had chances against Barcelona, but the occasion seemed to get to them. Mourinho will get the best out of this team in terms of the big results, if not in terms of style. Remember, if Madrid had but drawn the two classicos, they would have won the league (assuming other results stayed the same).

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  • 99. At 8:23pm on 23 May 2010, Twirlip wrote:

    Abramovich and Morratti have been in charge of transfers and, to an extent, team selection during Jose's stints at Chelsea and Inter respectively.

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    Not really. JM left Chelsea precisely because Abramovich was signing players JM did not want. At Inter they've signed as far as possible the players JM wanted them to sign. In no case does JM tolerate owners trying to control team selection. His problem is the opposite of what you say - the mans a bit of a control freak. All good managers are though.

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  • 100. At 8:25pm on 23 May 2010, AllanB wrote:

    I'm sorry but you cant seriously think JM shouldn't go to Madrid?! They already have great players in their prime and aren't afraid to give out the checkbook to sign more players. Whereas Inter's players are aging and at the end of their best; next season they will not win the CL so the best they could hope for is the double (and that would be a stretch).

    Fair point, Madrid will maybe hate the way he plays but I recon they may put up with it if he wins La Liga and/or the CL.

    To sum it up; he clearly doesn't like Italy (whether that be the Italien FA, fans, managers, media; you take your pick) and he's won the lot there, what more can he achieve at Inter? And dont say "win the CL two years running" cause noone really cares.. Madrid = perfect club and perfect time.

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  • 101. At 8:25pm on 23 May 2010, perfidiousalbion wrote:

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  • 102. At 8:28pm on 23 May 2010, nffc_g wrote:

    I agree with post 72 and the first point in 89, for Mourinho it is actually impossible to take Inter any further then he had done this season and maybe he has lingering regrets from his time at Chelsea, where he possibly should have left after the 3rd season. His reputation was hardly tainted, but he did leave in a bit of a cloud (defeats away at Villa, drawing with Rosenberg?!)

    People might refer to Alex Fergusons achievments at Man Utd but Mourinho is a completely different type of manager, he seems to thrive on new challenges in different countries. Also, to be blunt, despite Inter's success, Italian football is a complete shambles and in what seems a terminal decline (forest have a higher average attendence then Juventus!).

    Real Madrid is an absolutely massive challenge, purely based on Barcelonas incredible standards. If Mourinho modelled the team to finish above Barca this would rank as an amazing achievment. Personally I dont feel Pellegrini should be sacked, to finish runner up with 96 points is sooooo harsh!! In the history of football this must surely be the highest amount of points a team has gained without winning their league?

    Good luck Mourinho, the best coach in the world at the minute without a doubt.

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  • 103. At 8:31pm on 23 May 2010, FootballManagementConsultant MUFC OK wrote:

    On another note, does anybody know what the smart black watch Mourinho is wearing in the picture is? Is it a Tag Heuer Carrera?

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  • 104. At 8:33pm on 23 May 2010, footballyf1 wrote:

    8. Jose is special,it is as simple as that. If you want to be a winner, hire a winner. If you want to be a loser....there is always Wenger..

    hahaha...well said...blind Arsenal fans still dont get it...and some people saying Madrid sacked Capello inspite winning champions league ? did he ? Capello was sacked since he failed to win champions league...Jose will win it for Madrid now...Jose is best tactician...he made Carlo look clueless at stamford bridge and san siro...

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  • 105. At 8:43pm on 23 May 2010, perfidiousalbion wrote:

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  • 106. At 8:48pm on 23 May 2010, isetta60 wrote:

    He is a winner, and many winners don't see repeating something as a win. He simply wants a new challenge. He's done what he came to do and now wants the option to prove it/do it somewhere else.

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  • 107. At 8:49pm on 23 May 2010, Leviticus wrote:

    The best always go for the challenge.They never just settle. You just don't get it do you? Phil Minshull? Phil who?

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  • 108. At 8:50pm on 23 May 2010, U7161659 wrote:

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  • 109. At 9:00pm on 23 May 2010, John Cregan wrote:

    Jose Mourhino is a fantastic judge of a player and his teams seem to work harder that most..............is he a "great" coach, I'm not so sure......lets face it, if the refereeing was in any way fair in the last 16, the would have been out and against Barcelona, the referring was dodgey again......offside goal and 2 penalties not given in leg 1 and a perfectly good goal disallowed in leg 2.........

    As a person, Mourhino leaves a lot to be desired..........the media seem obsessed with him and to be talking about taking over as coach of Real when another man has the job is insulting in the extreme..........


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  • 110. At 9:01pm on 23 May 2010, Einveldi wrote:

    To anyone that thinks Madrid and its fans won't care as long as Mourinho delivers the Champions League - go ahead and google Jupp Heynckes. One year in charge, one Champions League, and he was still sacked.
    Only one of the last SIXTEEN Real Madrid managers has lasted more than 12 months. (This assumes the imminent demise of Pellegrini, which has been forecast since about, erm, September.) And we're not talking muppets here - Hiddink, Capello (twice), Schuster and the aforementioned Heynckes have all had success away from the Bernabeu. This club is a circus act and it would be beyond foolish for Mourinho to take the job.
    One way or another he will not be the manager of Real Madrid on the 1st of August 2011 and I will have a tenner with anyone here that says he will.

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  • 111. At 9:16pm on 23 May 2010, thomas wrote:

    To anyone that thinks Madrid and its fans won't care as long as Mourinho delivers the Champions League - go ahead and google Jupp Heynckes. One year in charge, one Champions League, and he was still sacked.
    Only one of the last SIXTEEN Real Madrid managers has lasted more than 12 months.

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  • 112. At 9:16pm on 23 May 2010, elias wrote:

    Mourinho is like any other coaches, challenge is what they need.
    He won treble with Inter and there's no point to stay any longer, he has already put his mark on Inter Milan now time to move on.

    Apart from that, his family doesn't like Italy, and himself thinks Italian referees are crap, so why not move to something else?

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  • 113. At 9:17pm on 23 May 2010, John Holden-Peters wrote:

    Mourinho will probably join Real Madrid. He may win the Spanish league with them next year or even something grander.Then he will be discarded. it happens all the time with Real Madrid. They simply don't know what they want.

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  • 114. At 9:20pm on 23 May 2010, thomas wrote:

    Not really. JM left Chelsea precisely because Abramovich was signing players JM did not want. At Inter they've signed as far as possible the players JM wanted them to sign. In no case does JM tolerate owners trying to control team selection. His problem is the opposite of what you say - the mans a bit of a control freak. All good managers are though.i like JM so much

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  • 115. At 9:21pm on 23 May 2010, John Holden-Peters wrote:

    I'm sorry.. I hadn't seen comment #110, which says the same as I have. I couldn`t agree more. But he is aware of the risks and will be a very well-off unemployed manager next summer.

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  • 116. At 9:25pm on 23 May 2010, Iwilltellyouthis wrote:

    JM has proved he can produce teams to grind out results without too much concern for the beautiful game or entertaining the fans. At RM this will not do!
    JM has proved so far he has the most important commodity - LUCK!
    Agst Barca several questionable decisions helped Inter into the final. Agst BM it was catch them on the break tactics which won them the game but few friends.
    I hope he does go to RM because Barca will want revenge and they will get it!

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  • 117. At 9:26pm on 23 May 2010, Chizzle wrote:

    I have a feeling that Mourinho is using this Real chance as a stop-gap until Ferguson retires at Old Trafford...I think he wants to come back to England but only into that job. Although it's not a given that United would give him the job at all, but I do believe Ferguson would welcome Mourinho at Old Trafford as a coach who is one of the best in the world at winning things.

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  • 118. At 9:27pm on 23 May 2010, Antony Harris wrote:

    Imagine if he came to West Ham!

    In all seriousness if he ever comes back to England it'll be Liverpool. He wanted that job before he went to Chelsea. It's a club with masses of history that haven't one the league in years. It's the sort of challenge he loves.

    Man Utd isn't a challenge and he will always be secondary to Ferguson in the fans eyes. Plus Charlton et al will never employ an outsider like Mourinho.

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  • 119. At 9:31pm on 23 May 2010, Douglas Lee wrote:

    Mourinho is just biding his time until Sir Alex Ferguson retires, then he can fulfill his lifetime's ambition to manage the best club in the world.

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  • 120. At 9:33pm on 23 May 2010, gary pollard wrote:

    Why does Arsene Wenger say not to Real Madrid - because he is INTELLIGENT! RM don't know what they want. If you win League, Champions League - but then lose 2 games, you're sacked!. There is no room for a long-term plan such as has been afforded Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, etc. Real is a poison chalice - looks good, but is filled with poison. Buy, buy at inflated prices, then sack!

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  • 121. At 9:34pm on 23 May 2010, Dazz wrote:

    6. At 4:10pm on 23 May 2010, ManUnitedRooney10 wrote:
    Mourinho going to Madrid is great for him.

    All he has to do is win a single title of the three and he will be a 'success'. Of course he is not there long-term.

    It is win-win:

    Should he succeed - even more lauding and potentially the biggest job in football awaiting him - to succeed Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
    Should he fail - everyone will blame it on Madrid being a circus act.

    He has the funds, he has a world-class attack and a fanbase that no longer care how they do it, but simply beating Barcelona.

    The opportunist will love it, and I believe that he has not only the capability, but the situation in which he will most likely succeed.

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    spot on mate. why does phil and the hordes find it so difficult to grasp as simple a concept as this? - your achievements become larger than life when you are no longer there! Besides, is it an English thing to be so scared of a new challenge? Instead clinging to a certain but unexciting existence. There is something rather unmanly about this and something decidedly bold and confident about Mourinho's willingness to risk it all and embrace the unknown. Mourinho is bold and confident in his ability to succeed ANYWHERE!

    Only this way can a true warrior discover his destiny and for this I salute the Mourinho.

    I would also like to see more English players risk their reputation by going abroad and testing themselves against the very best instead of perpetually clinging to the relative comfort abd security of the premier league.

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  • 122. At 9:42pm on 23 May 2010, ChiefBisong Etahoben wrote:

    Mourinho is a victim of his success. Or should I say success has gone to his head? What do we call someone who jumps from one place to the other like a little bird that jumps from one tree to the other? A flirt. And with coaches like Mourinho who bring success to football teams and happiness to millions, what he is doing is flirting with the hearts of millions. I know Mourinho has a right to do whatever he wants with his life but his life affects millions of football fans. Let him rethink his life instead of playing pranks with the lives of others.

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  • 123. At 9:49pm on 23 May 2010, Tea Time At Harrods wrote:

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  • 124. At 9:50pm on 23 May 2010, Phil Minshull wrote:

    As many people have written, one of the prevailing reasons why I think it will be a mistake for Mourinho to go to Madrid is that his prevailing tactical inclination will mean that Real Madrid will play more defensively than most of their fans will happily accept, especially against good teams.

    Just look at what happened a few seasons ago when Fabio Capello was in charge.

    Capello won a La Liga title in his second stint but then was on his way at the end of the season, and there were also conflicts with Real president Florentino Perez and his staff over who was in control of playing affairs. I can see this happening all over again.

    Another factor is why I think he should stay at Inter is that, as red_assassain pointed out, there is ‘history’ between him and Cristiano Ronaldo which will make life difficult for everybody at Real.

    I just can’t see Perez in practice giving Mourinho the free hand, and especially not with the likes of Jorge Valdano and Emilio Butragueno also involved with playing affairs, that he will have demanded.

    In addition, if Manchester United is his ultimate target, he might well be better off at Inter, where his reputation is secure, rather than at Real where coaches don’t seem to last very long.

    It seems ever more likely that Sir Alex Ferguson will step down at some point in the next two summers and one of the other supposed candidates for the job, Laurent Blanc, will take over as France’s coach after the World Cup.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/philminshull/2009/11/france_not_fergies_successor_s.html

    Mourinho is unlikely to have any major obstacles to getting what he wants at Inter, even if he has to suffer a few cruel taunts from the Italian media, in the next two years.

    Bob Stanley also wrote to me via europeanfootball@hotmail.co.uk and I’ll cut-and-paste part of his email here. I agree with everything that he says, and not just because he also agrees with me!

    “I have been an Internazionale's fan since 1994 and winning the treble this year is a huge rewards for us fans. There is no doubt that Mourinho is the driving force and the architect behind the success. You are also right in saying that defending the Champions League title next year will be a very impressive feat. You forgot to mention that by winning the title this year, they also get the right to compete in the club world championship. Surely winning the world cup for club is a very strong motivation for Mourinho? I think it is a wrong decision for him to leave Inter based on those possibilities. President Moratti is very charismatic and well respected by Mourinho and so it is still possible for him to stay.”

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  • 125. At 10:03pm on 23 May 2010, Tim wrote:

    "Maybe tomorrow, I'll want to settle down,
    Until tomorrow, I'll just keep moving on."

    The Special One may be one of life's winners, but his football style is more Sam Allardyce than Rinus Michels. Perhaps Real are so desperate to compete with Barca that they'll sacrifice exciting football for trophies, but Man United will not make the same mistake. In fact, I can't see any top English club, except perhaps Villa, wanting Mourinho's style at their club.

    Don't forget: Chelsea dumped Mourinho for being boring, not the other way round.

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  • 126. At 10:14pm on 23 May 2010, offtheball wrote:

    Can someone shut xtc and twirlip up? They're driving me round the bend!

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  • 127. At 10:16pm on 23 May 2010, lostincbury wrote:

    The supporters of Real that have seen the really high level since 70s and 80s best players -as I had a lucky to see- like more the attack players and system that physical and defensive system. But nowdays the football has developed towards strategy (Inter), overcontrol (Barcelona)that the 'glamour' that wanted Mr Florentino Perez is not enough. And after this season, which Florentino couldn´t won any title, he has noticed that the team need a leader that be able to balance the play -at the same way that chelsea or M.United (more better that Inter but not in KO championship system). Mou will get now the absolute control of team area (none more). I think that the football need that Real come back to top of Europe and then the real step: create a fabolous Europe League with the best teams involves in a real League competition. Until now it´s a 'small' League. Good luck Mourinho, but please play to attack not only to win!!

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  • 128. At 10:20pm on 23 May 2010, smilingSpongeMuffin wrote:

    The scientific, results dependent fact remains this. Real is a number 2 compared to Barca.

    That is a fact. Provable in 2010.

    If they want to change that, and I am sure they do, then they have to play football, and not exist as the has been side that is the darlings of the blogs. Inter learned that. It took them 45 years to correct it, and they did it the way winners do it. The proof is in the pudding, not the comments section of your unimportant and immaterial BBC comments.

    The best side in the world ever was Brazil 1982, and they went down as losers.

    Over to you.

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  • 129. At 10:22pm on 23 May 2010, cliveeta wrote:

    It's a case of "been there, done that" for Jose.
    If it hadn't been for a penalty slip by John Terry He would have done it with three clubs.

    Now I am sure he will move to Madrid, guide them to success ( that means La Liga and another CL win) in the next 3 years, then move on and take the Portugal team to the 2014 World Cup final.
    Success there and he can name his price anywhere, question is, in 5 years time will any English football be able to afford him?

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  • 130. At 10:23pm on 23 May 2010, offtheball wrote:

    Jose was a breath of fresh air when he got one over Man U. He shook the game up when he managed in England and he's done the same in Italy. Surely he's entitled to pick and choose where he goes next and I agree with an earlier posting... why not pit yourself against one of the most difficult owners in the world and prove everyone wrong. Good luck Jose and well done this year Inter!

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  • 131. At 10:23pm on 23 May 2010, pradskir wrote:

    I think some of the comments are ridiculously biased. They say, Mourinho wins because the foundation and money was already there at Chelsea and Inter Milan. Well they how come Chelsea have never won the Champions League and had not won the premier league for 50 years till Mourinho came and showed them how to. Infact, Chelsea have come close to winning Champions League when Mourinho left and have won the Premier League this season because Mourinho had laid the winning foundation. The same goes for Inter Milan. How come Mancini couldn't even take them beyond Quarter Finals in Champions League, if his foundation was so good?

    The fact is Mourinho know how to win. Period. He had done with Porto when nobody knew that a team called Porto even exists. (no pun intended). He had done with Chelsea and would have won them the Champions League had Mr. Abramovich not interfered. Now he has done with Inter Milan. Every one knows, had Mr. Moratti not replaced Mancini, they could never even have dreamt of Champions League finals. Forget winning it.

    So guys, show some Respect. Just talk makes you look foolish. You may love him or hate him, but don't forget to respect a person who knows something about winning and creating winning teams.

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  • 132. At 10:25pm on 23 May 2010, hongkong87 wrote:

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    blackbaron0_1
    So spot on with you analysis of JM.

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  • 133. At 10:27pm on 23 May 2010, Virtuet wrote:

    Eto'o would never go to Real Madrid,

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    Go back there you mean, Eto started his carreer there.

    Taking on Barcelona has to be the biggest challenge in football beating Barca to the title would be Jose biggest succes. I just hope they stick with Pelligrini I like the guy and is better for their image.

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  • 134. At 10:33pm on 23 May 2010, smilingSpongeMuffin wrote:

    I too believe that his goal is Man Utd. He wants 3 champions league wins with them, and then he'll go home. He knows that Sir Alex is the man to beat. The only target to get is the champions league, as the domestic league record with Sir Alex is uncatchable.

    Also, Sir Alex will hang around for as long as he can to get that 3rd Champions league title. His personal goal is to make Mourinho's possible legacy at Old Trafford impossible. Only death will stop him.

    But whatever, the talk is about Mourinho, and not the players, or the team, and that is the way he likes it.

    A unique, brilliant, and charismatic if not controversial character.

    He has Marmite written all over him. Personally, I like Marmite, but I understand those who do not. It is an acquired taste.

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  • 135. At 10:34pm on 23 May 2010, NoNameNoFace wrote:

    Mourinho will walk to Madrid and win it all. Look at the players and money he will have it as his disposal. Madrid's problem for years has been their defence. Mourinho is known for making a team deadly to score against. With Kaka, Ronaldo and Higuain and who ever brings in attacking they will win everything under his guidance.

    Hes a genius, simple as that. He seems to be using these big clubs as stepping stones for his own personal use to be remembered as winning 3 different leagues. No doubt the Inter Milan fans will be annoyed at him for walking out on them. Hes already admitted he'l do the same at Madrid. Will the fans be happy about that?

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  • 136. At 10:40pm on 23 May 2010, the_voice_of_reason wrote:

    He's just won the treble with Inter so in his mind it is time to move on to a bigger challenge by moving to La Liga (Alex Ferguson take note).

    And who's going to bet against him being successful there also?

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  • 137. At 10:40pm on 23 May 2010, woodysj wrote:

    129. At 10:22pm on 23 May 2010, cliveeta wrote:
    It's a case of "been there, done that" for Jose.
    If it hadn't been for a penalty slip by John Terry He would have done it with three clubs.

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    Avarm Grant was in charge of chelsea having took over in Spetember/October 2007 i think. So wouldn't have been with 3 clubs.

    As a Manchester United fan i wouldn't like him as manager because of his playing style even if it is sucessful there is no attacking flair and where ever he has been it been the same way of playing so he is not going to change it for Real Madrid or Manchester United.

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  • 138. At 10:49pm on 23 May 2010, HT-Hotspur wrote:

    Anyone that calls themself "the special one" is an arrogant idiot - and who like an arrogant idiot- I sure don't!

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  • 139. At 10:51pm on 23 May 2010, smilingSpongeMuffin wrote:

    As an irony to my previous comments, if he wins the CL with Real Madrid, and soon, then I could also see him turning up at Manchester City with the goal of rubbing Sir Alex's nose right in it. The money City have for him will turn him into a wealthier man than most nation's GDP. Age is very much on his side. Either way, his angst is somehow left in Manchester, and he will exorcise that demon in that city, somewhere, somehow. But Sir Alex is his aim. He is his nemesis. He is his target. How he goes about doing that will be completely Jose Mourinho. But go about it he will.

    You can not say the Premier League is the ultimate league, and not think of Sir Alex as a semi God.

    And what he will do will make us astonished, livid, amazed and dumb founded.

    He is indeed the chosen one. Chosen by himself, destined to make some of us happy, and a lot of us irate.

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  • 140. At 11:00pm on 23 May 2010, 1888JohnBhoy wrote:

    #54 - "Italian football is a sinking ship, and no place for any self-respecting rat to stay."

    Any chance your real name is Lord Triesman????

    Anyway, Mourinho would be mad to stay at Inter, there is no way they can have as successful a season next year as the one just finished - although I think a sixth Scudetto is already in the bag regardless of who is in charge next season.

    The thing is, though, Jose and RM don't seem like a good match to me for a few reasons:

    (i) He has obvious and undeniable Barca connections
    (ii) Perez treats his managers like children. He gives them no say on transfers or team selection. Remember, managers have been sacked at Real for putting Raul on the bench
    (iii) His style of play, while undoubtedly effective, is not the way Madridistas want to see their team playing. Capello won the league AND Champions League with Real and still got sacked because his tactics did not involve 700 passes before Raul walks the ball into the net.
    (iv) Marca (the Real paper) will slaughter him. He is not afraid to speak his mind and criticise his team when its merited - they will not stand for it.
    (v) Lose 1 game to Barca (a near certainty) and the white hankies will be waving in a heartbeat. Real will not win La Liga next season with the team Barca already have - not to mention David Villa and Cesc Fabregas to make them even more impressive than they have been recently.

    If he does go, good luck to him, at least the press conferences after Spanish games will be worth watching rather than the humdrum of watching Guardiola go through interviews but I still reckon it would be the wrong club for him.

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  • 141. At 11:06pm on 23 May 2010, hongkong87 wrote:

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    woodysj
    As a Manchester United fan i wouldn't like him as manager because of his playing style even if it is sucessful there is no attacking flair and where ever he has been it been the same way of playing so he is not going to change it for Real Madrid or Manchester United....

    So ask Arsenal fans if they would like a boring European cup Mourino...playing boring...playing boring ................playing boring ........and ...oh yes an European cup,plus a cup or 2 successful season!!

    Do Man U need to look forward,rebuild and get Mourino!

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  • 142. At 11:08pm on 23 May 2010, cfwtalks wrote:

    First off all, to those people who think Jose Mourinho likes to run away or have no stamina for a job, so what. Not all people like to be somewhere long term, some people like variety and freshness to their work. I find staying in the same role somewhere for a long time soul destroying.

    Look at your own job, if you did that same job for 2-3 years wouldn't you like to move on to something different. Not only that if someone offered you a great pay rise - honestly, would you take the job, hell yes.

    Mourinho's doing whats best for him. At Chelsea he had issues with his boss, how many of you have quit a job before because of this. At Inter he does not like the environment (Italian football) and wants to work in a better environment.

    At Real Madrid, a new boss, a new country, a new working environment and a new culture. Why shouldn't he expand his horizons and enhance his already glowing CV. Although I do think that Real Madrid will be his toughest assignment yet.

    Seriously, right now the only person who know's what's best for Jose Mourinho is Jose Mourinho.

    I have never supported any of the teams Mourinho has managed, but I think he is great. I applaud his acheivements and I hope he gets his chance to come back to the Premier League, because it has been a poorer place without him.

    A top top manager, his record speaks for itself. Good luck Jose, wherever you end up.

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  • 143. At 11:08pm on 23 May 2010, chucksavage7 wrote:

    26. At 9:21pm on 27 Apr 2010, Zeemo wrote

    JM is THE most luckiest manager/person in the history of football/the world, EVER

    HEY ZEEMO YES YOU ZEEMO, STILL THINK THAT JOSE MOURINHO IS THE LUCKIEST MANAGER IN THE WORLD?

    • 27. At 5:09pm on 23 May 2010, ijohnap wrote:

    Once again Jose runs away...

    Porto,Chelsea,Inter...

    Ijohnap, you don’t really follow football do you...?

    • 61. At 6:30pm on 23 May 2010, perfidiousalbion wrote:

    Mourihno is objectionable, arrogant and lacking all respect for rivals.

    Boy you are a wind up merchant aren’t you, still upset that Inter trained by Mourinho kicked Barcelona out of the CL...?

    Did you see him congratulate Van Gaal, last night...? His name is MOURINHO, try to spell correctly!

    Point no.1 – Just like to clear a few things up with the media as I can see that MANY NOT ALL can only read headlines.

    JM is son of Felix Mourinho who played for the professional football, as a goalkeeper with FC. Setubal (58 -69) and then FC Belenenses (69 -74). He later went on to train both clubs.

    JM was a footballer in his youth he played for a Belenenses (a regular side in the Portuguese premier division) as a junior. At a senior level he represented FC Rio Ave (1st Div/Premier League side) and he finally returned to Belenenses at senior level.

    The story of JM never being a football player is nonsense, but the British media got that story from Ancelloti ...”I don’t speak with anyone who has never played football”

    JM was a footballer, didn’t play for long wasn’t very successful as the likes of Capello, Lippi and Ancelloti.

    Point no. 2 Another media favourite, JM the translator, PT teacher.

    Yes he did study Physical Training in University and got his first job in FC Setubal (regular side in the Port. Premier League) as an assistant coach.

    Later he went to Scotland where he studied to be a football coach after returning he joined Estrela de Amadora (another regular premier league side) as an assistant coach.

    It’s from Estrela he joined Robson, he could speak English, he had experience and was a qualified FOOTBALL TRAINER.

    The rest is History, I just wish people could try and be a little bit more objective in their comments.

    Point no. 3

    Why is he so successful... this may be subjective but when he was training Porto he always made them believe that they were champions...they just had to go out on the field and prove it.

    Jorge Costa (Porto’s Captain – UEFA CUP/Champions League) said some time later that Mourinho made his players believe that they were champions.

    When he brought Drogba to Chelsea I’m pretty sure he made him believe that he was the best. Therefore it seems any player who has been stimulated that much...”wouldn’t you want to play for Mourinho if he believed you were the best?”

    The point, he can take great players, average players and make them play better, he gets the best out of his players.

    Point no. 4
    He is master technician and people forget he learnt from the great late Sir Bobby Robson & Van Gaal another average footballer....PT teacher.... or so the media claims.

    Point no. 5

    My personal opinion going to Real...mistake. Capello great trainer, wins La liga – sacked, Vincent Del Bosque wins the League contract not renewed. "Jupp" Heynckes wins the CL, didn’t last long there either.

    But I can see why he left Inter, going to Real...and yes I’m sure Ronaldo will sit bench until he knows who is in charge, just like...Adriano at Inter.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Milito joins him along with Sneijder (will he return to Madrid?).

    On a final note Mr. Billionaire @ the Bridge did you see the game last night...did you see Mr. Mourinho train the side that won the Champions League..?

    Love him or hate him...

    God bless Mourinho

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  • 144. At 11:10pm on 23 May 2010, papalekky wrote:

    I guess you know why the British press love JM he's news(imagine the volume of news that would have been made if he were to be in-charge when Chelsea claimed the double) .
    For those that feel he is making a "real wrong move" time will tell, no one gave him a chance in Sir Alex/ Wenger duel league utill he announced himselfas the speil one both off and on/by the pitch. it was already been said he hasnt done anytin better than mancini end of last season before he came up with a bang

    Every coach will tends towards an ideology delibrately or otherwise, some to build and make money( Wenger), some will like a bit of evrything while JM loves to win. I think the management of Real wants to win for now and despiraely sooooo..........

    Someone earlier rightly pointed that JM is talented and favored, guess for those that hate him they feel he is only lucky while for those that loves him over stretched the talent,his got both. I wish you more luck to display your talen.

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  • 145. At 11:11pm on 23 May 2010, Philter wrote:

    He's done the treble at Inter, he'll probably want the challenge of all those egos at Real. Wouldn't surprise me..........

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  • 146. At 11:14pm on 23 May 2010, cfwtalks wrote:

    And additional thing, as for the Real Madrid supporters. In life you do not always get what you want, fact. With football clubs its the same, fact. Man U and the Glazers. Arsenal, great football but no trophies. Portsmouth, dodgy owners and dire management that has left the club on the edge of existence. All fans have something to be unhappy about, unless their team is wining 5-0 every game and play champagne football, it wouldn't be football without ups and downs.

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  • 147. At 11:15pm on 23 May 2010, chucksavage7 wrote:

    26. At 9:21pm on 27 Apr 2010, Zeemo wrote

    JM is THE most luckiest manager/person in the history of football/the world, EVER

    HEY ZEEMO YES YOU ZEEMO, STILL THINK THAT JOSE MOURINHO IS THE LUCKIEST MANAGER IN THE WORLD?

    • 27. At 5:09pm on 23 May 2010, ijohnap wrote:
    Once again Jose runs away...
    Porto,Chelsea,Inter...
    Ijohnap, you don’t really follow football do you...?

    • 61. At 6:30pm on 23 May 2010, perfidiousalbion wrote:
    Mourihno is objectionable, arrogant and lacking all respect for rivals.
    Boy you are a wind up merchant aren’t you, still upset that Inter trained by Mourinho kicked Barcelona out of the CL...?
    Did you see him congratulate Van Gaal, last night...? His name is MOURINHO, try to spell correctly!
    Point no.1 – Just like to clear a few things up with the media as I can see that MANY NOT ALL can only read headlines.
    JM is son of Felix Mourinho who played for the professional football, as a goalkeeper with FC. Setubal (58 -69) and then FC Belenenses (69 -74). He later went on to train both clubs.
    JM was a footballer in his youth he played for a Belenenses (a regular side in the Portuguese premier division) as a junior. At a senior level he represented FC Rio Ave (1st Div/Premier League side) and he finally returned to Belenenses at senior level.
    The story of JM never being a football player is nonsense, but the British media got that story from Ancelloti ...”I don’t speak with anyone who has never played football”

    JM was a footballer, didn’t play for long wasn’t very successful as the likes of Capello, Lippi and Ancelloti.

    Point no. 2 Another media favourite, JM the translator, PT teacher.
    Yes he did study Physical Training in University and got his first job in FC Setubal (regular side in the Port. Premier League) as an assistant coach.
    Later he went to Scotland where he studied to be a football coach after returning he joined Estrela de Amadora (another regular premier league side) as an assistant coach.
    It’s from Estrela he joined Robson, he could speak English, he had experience and was a qualified FOOTBALL TRAINER.
    The rest is History, I just wish people could try and be a little bit more objective in their comments.
    Point no. 3
    Why is he so successful... this may be subjective but when he was training Porto he always made them believe that they were champions...they just had to go out on the field and prove it.
    Jorge Costa (Porto’s Captain – UEFA CUP/Champions League) said some time later that Mourinho made his players believe that they were champions.
    When he brought Drogba to Chelsea I’m pretty sure he made him believe that he was the best. Therefore it seems any player who has been stimulated that much...”wouldn’t you want to play for Mourinho if he believed you were the best?”
    The point he can take great players, average players and make them play better, he gets the best out of his players.

    Point no. 4 He is master technician and people forget he learnt from the great late Sir Bobby Robson & Van Gaal another average footballer....PT teacher.... or so the media claims.
    Point no. 5 My personal opinion going to Real...mistake. Capello great trainer, wins La liga – sacked, Vincent Del Bosque wins the League contract not renewed. "Jupp" Heynckes wins the CL, didn’t last long there either.

    But I can see why he left Inter, going to Real...no and yes I’m sure Ronaldo will sit bench until he knows who is in charge, just like...Adriano at Inter.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Milito joins him along with Sneijder (will he return to Madrid?).
    On a final note Mr. Billionaire @ the Bridge did you see the game last night...did you see Mr. Mourinho train the side that won the Champions League..?

    Love him or hate him...

    God bless Mourinho

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  • 148. At 11:20pm on 23 May 2010, Teflonso the King of Motorsport wrote:

    Why did he "infamously" jump ship, Phil. I'd be interested in learning how this could be considered as infamous.

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  • 149. At 11:25pm on 23 May 2010, U14357625 wrote:

    Regardless of how succesful Mourinho is in Madrid, his stay is likely to be brief, 2-3 seasons at most. The points made about style of play and the likely personality clashes are spot on, and there's also Mourinho's apparent desperation to return to English football.

    I think part of his motivation in going to the Bernabeu is to be the man who put an end to Barcelona's domination. Whether he will achieve that is debatable. He certainly won't have it as easy as he did at Inter.

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  • 150. At 11:25pm on 23 May 2010, LondonsFinestClub wrote:

    Real are undoubetedly too shallow for a man of his depth and Spanish football is even more corrupt than Italian. Real and Barca have conspired to tie up most of the TV rights and sponsorship deals. They complain about other European clubs finances and yet Real needed to be bailed out by the government and both believe in buying every top player available, sometimes, simply to deny them to their opponents.
    Mourinho has been insulted by Laporta of Barca and he hasn't forgotten. He will ram that criticism down Barca's throat and restore Madrid to the summit in Spain regardless of the old grannies who nag and nag at Marca. He has no real love for Madrid and never will but he will use them more than they use him.
    Chelsea would be a dream return for him if they still hadn't won the champions league by the time he had finished at Madrid. Abramovich would be left without any other options especially if Jose wins the competition with Real. Ancellotti has two or three years maximum to get it right, otherwise, Jose will present himself as an option. Otherwise, another English club could claim him and that would be a nightmare for Roman and his board.
    Portugal is inevitable, but I feel Mourinho still feels Chelsea would be his perfect final act in club football if they are without the champions league by the time he finishes at Real. I really hope he makes Barca his beatch because I'm sick listening to people piping on about how attacking football is the only way. You need more strings to your bow and he is too intelligent into being goaded into becoming a dancing monkey for media interests..he uses them!! Good luck to the man, he is one of very few diamonds in a dung heap.

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  • 151. At 11:30pm on 23 May 2010, peterm86 wrote:

    Your are saying that cause you are a barcelona fan and hes a threat to stop barcelona winning trophys in spain and in europe , it is good thats hes leaving inter after winning a treble and what else does have to prove in italy? so it is the right choice to leave inter

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  • 152. At 11:35pm on 23 May 2010, NadalsLeftBicepCoach wrote:

    Does nobody feel slightly sorry for Mr Pellegrini in the midst of all this talk?
    Maybe its his fault for accepting the job in the first place but Mourinho and others have shown a great lack of respect towards him when discussing his move/job situation etc. Real ran Barca very close to the league and although Pellegrini probably knew he would be on his way if he didnt win anything, its still harsh of Mourinho to ignore him and talk about a job that isnt even vacant yet.
    I guaruntee Pellegrini will be a success wherever he goes next as well!

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  • 153. At 11:37pm on 23 May 2010, KJPNZ wrote:

    I think he will go to Madrid for 2 - 3 years, maybe he will win one La Liga ( say he has won everything - England, Spain and Italy) - i dont believe GErmany or France are glamourous enough for him. After which, assuming by the this point Fergie is ready to retire, he decides to settle down and coach Manchester United!

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  • 154. At 11:42pm on 23 May 2010, smilingSpongeMuffin wrote:

    Chucksavage.

    Your comment was rubbish the first time. The second time was just pointless.

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  • 155. At 11:43pm on 23 May 2010, Twirlip wrote:

    As a Manchester United fan i wouldn't like him as manager because of his playing style even if it is sucessful there is no attacking flair

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    Do Man United fans really believe that their club plays with any great attacking flair?

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  • 156. At 11:45pm on 23 May 2010, Twirlip wrote:

    Anyone that calls themself "the special one" is an arrogant idiot


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    JM did not call himself "the special one". He said he was "a" special one. Which I think nobody can dispute. The English press gave him the "THE special one" moniker.

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  • 157. At 00:10am on 24 May 2010, JobyJak wrote:

    No manager has won the title in England Spain and Italy, the best 3 leagues in the world.

    If he achieves that which I cant see any reason why he wont, he will become probably the best manager in the history of the game.

    And that does not even mention the fact he won the Champions League with Porto, which can make you forgive him for not winning it with Chelsea, he came pretty close but back to back Premier Leagues is a better achievement, just ask Liverpool fans.

    Say he does win the league and Champions league with Real Madrid, his resume will be complete, all thats left is for him to lift the World Cup for Portugal! (or England)

    Either way, I dont think anyone can argue that he is a couple of trophies away from being the best manager ever.

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  • 158. At 01:17am on 24 May 2010, Miles Chapman wrote:

    I'd be very surprised if Roy Hodgson wasn't considered for this job considering his love affair with Inter and his recent successes...??

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  • 159. At 01:34am on 24 May 2010, andi54 wrote:

    As a True Blue Chels for 18yrs, I think I can give a pretty accurate and balanced view...Bare this in mind before you read my comments, I did not watch Chelsea for 6 months after Jose was sacked/resigned in principle as I was so angry with Roman. I loved Jm's passion for the team.
    ...I am truely grateful for the silverware that Jose won us, although I'm pretty sure that Ranieri would have also won the Prem in 04/05 too if he were given the chance and he made the majority of our great signings Joey Cole and Lamps etc., not Jose. He bought a lot more duds than successes and also the reason Robben went and we still miss him now.
    We were in Real's shoes at that point, win at any cost, but win even if it's ugly. I was very defensive at the time, no pun intended, about peoples' blind hatred of Chelsea's style and Jose's methods. However, now, in hindsight, I totally see why. The mind-games, the defensive style, the diving and cheating, the boring, negative play is clear to me now. Inter's display against Barca was a disgrace to the game..period...
    The best example I can give is...Drogsy...Did he or did he not, show just what a great player he is this season because Carlo has stopped all that stuff and has us playing attacking, passing footy with the ball firmly on the ground as "The Beautiful Game"(The clue's in the bloody name)should be played?!
    As a real True Blue, I woulda been happy even if we'd won nothing this year because of King Carlo's style and class. What a lovely, humble and unassuming fella who let's his methods and results do the talking, not his gob!
    As for Jose's comments that the league was tougher then, than now that's B.S.!
    There 6 or 7 really great teams competing for the top instead of 4, so I think this is totally wrong of him. The league, as a whole, is actually much tighter than it has ever been and by far the best in the world.

    He will go to Real, of that I'm 110% sure, as his ego and greed could never resist. He has little true loyalty to anyone or anything other than himself.
    I hope Carlo wins us the CL next year and equals Jose's achievement without shouting about it. However, Jose's Real of 11 individual Egos will find it hard to beat Barca, the greatest team on the planet, playing the greatest football, especially with the players they're bringing in and frankly I hope style does wins over negativity in La Liga!


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  • 160. At 01:46am on 24 May 2010, archerpauly wrote:

    at the end of the day hes won all there's worth winning and he personally wants to achieve all he can in his career and his life, just as if he were doing any other job, if you dont try you can't succeed he was forced out of chelsea by greedy imapatient owners who didn't share his views, he is rather lucky at the short amount of time in which he has acheived what he has with milan but none the less he needs a new challenge. he went there with nothing to lose and that is still the case with madrid, he has a good squad of players and a lot of money backing him up, the only problem he may have is a board who want a quick fix for everything and may interfer like abromovich did. I say good luck to him, anyone who doesnt wish him the best of luck are probably deluded and bitter chelsea fans angry at the wrong people.

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  • 161. At 02:01am on 24 May 2010, Sam Burgess wrote:

    Mourinho has said before that he wants to win the title in each major european league before going on to manage his native Portugal.

    Now he's won everything he possibly could in Italy, why stay?

    Also, imagine being the first manager to win successive Champions League titles with different clubs. If Jose managed that, that would fit his ego perfectly.

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  • 162. At 03:00am on 24 May 2010, rolyburt wrote:

    Phil Minshull is dull to ask this question. Massive donut

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  • 163. At 03:02am on 24 May 2010, Sevenseaman wrote:

    @footballfutbolfitba

    "I think part of his motivation in going to the Bernabeu is to be the man who put an end to Barcelona's domination."

    So right there. Moreover, Perez too knows about the history between JM an La Porta. All this adds up to both Perez and JM grinding their mutual axe simultaneously.

    The big problem that remains is Real are apt to sack even successful managers; that in other words translates to that at no price do they permit their managers to call the shots. That basically is anathema to JM and could be nub of the negotiations that are still to take place between him and Real - plus the nuts and bolts of who all JM brings in/sends out from Real to format 'his team' at Madrid. NO second firing either; JM will walk away on his own terms. Do we have a dilemma there?

    @ 53. Twirlip

    You have used only half a sentence for a quote. I was referring to JM's sacking, by Roman Abramovich. Its this that JM is unable to live down and the reason he will go back to England, provide he gets a 'suitable' club - Chelsea inclusive.

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  • 164. At 03:59am on 24 May 2010, Lochlann Egan wrote:

    nn

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  • 165. At 04:22am on 24 May 2010, Lochlann Egan wrote:

    I must admit I'm utterly perplexed by the suggestion that Mourinho should stay at Inter. Why? The Italian game is in a state of chronic decay. That Inter have won 5 Scudetti in a row is testament to this. Mourinho has worked wonders at Inter but frankly the only achievement worth talking about was his delivery of the European Cup after a 45 year drought. Inter's titles are surely devalued by the fact that Juventus are a shell of the club they once were and AC Milan now resemble a Masters team. I think most managers would fancy their chances of winning Serie A if only the perennial loser that is Claudio Ranieri was all that could halt them. Couple this with the fact that Mourinho clearly finds the Italian media loathsome and you can see why he's fleeing the place. And who could blame him for wanting to leave on such a giddy high, having lead a giant back to the summit after 45 years? I also suspect he appreciates how difficult it would be to replicate their win this season. Frankly I thought Chelsea should have won at the San Siro, Inter were appalling. As for the suggestion that he should stay in the name of pursuing the World Club Championship, anyone with a scintilla of football knowledge is aware that this is an utter non entity of an event. I could name every winner of the European Cup since its inception yet I've no idea who won the World Club Championship a couple of years ago. It's effectively a junket to the Far East.

    A mate of mine met Louis van Gaal at the 2006 World Cup. He got him to sign a football and asked him what he thought the biggest job in world football was. His answer was "Madrid boss. No question." Coming from a two time Barcelona manager, I think that's testament to the allure of Real Madrid. It may be a circus but if anyone can succeed as ringmaster it's Mourinho.

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  • 166. At 04:24am on 24 May 2010, auna wrote:

    Two thoughts here...quit while you are ahead and Why resist Real? Every player who gets a chance to play at Real will not pass it unless it is about money in the end. Same goes for Managers.Who would not love to coach Real. They are the richest club in the world and got a lot of stars. If Jose goes there, he can finally have his wish list of players greenlighted in seconds.How many managers can boast that? About Inter, i think he is right to quit. He does not want to be there and he knows he cannot repeat that performace next year. While he is on top and getting his pick, why wouldn't he leave. If real appoint someone else, i doubt they would want Jose next year if he wanted to move. All in all, JM for Real makes sense but we all know there he will face different problems and i don't see Madrid winning the Champs League any time soon.

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  • 167. At 04:52am on 24 May 2010, shadur10 wrote:

    Aren't Mourinho's tactics and philosophies very similar to Capello, who Madrid got rid of despite winning the league because they weren't attacking enough?

    Mourinho is a great manager of great players and I think if Madrid could accept that they won't play amazing attacking football everyweek then he will do fine there. Obviously their is some attacking finesse to Mourinho's style, look at Inter with Sneijder, Milito, Eto'o, Pandev.. they have played very well under Mourinho and I have really enjoyed watching them. Also at Chelsea there was Drogba, Lampard, Robben, Duff etc.. So there is always a great attacking quality in his teams, but partnered with a strong and well structured defence. This is what the best football teams do, Madrid have to accept it! Barcelona are a team people look at and marvel at the attack, but the defence is brilliant as well. Same as Man United when they won the Champions League. Great attack, great defence. If Mourinho goes, let HIM buy the players he needs. Madrid have the attackers already so there is no need for them to sign more (but common sense doesn't seem like it's used at Real Madrid.) They need to strenghen defence and possibly midfield and under Mourinho the ego's will play to their strengths like everywhere else he has been.
    Will he stay at Madrid for long? Unlikely, but I think he will go when he has won all he wants to. Then perhaps Old Trafford after that? Could he also bring Ronaldo back with him if he ends up there after Sir Alex retires. Whatever you say about him, he gets people talking. I am a huge fan of Mourinho and he is a character most welcome in the game.

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  • 168. At 06:15am on 24 May 2010, A wet windy night in Stoke wrote:

    Real Madrid are not Chelsea or Inter. They are having a rough time at the moment, but it's not like they have won anything in 50 years. They are not desparate. My 2 cents is this:
    Mourinho will go to Real and win the league the first season. The Real fans, given the history of the club, will not warm up to this style of players and the number of foreign players he brings (from places other than Brazil and Argentina). The Real board will tell him what to do and he will stubbornly rub them the wrong way - nobody does that. Morinho will be sacked the day after he wins the league, paid his 30 million euros and bye bye..

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  • 169. At 06:32am on 24 May 2010, ffaabb wrote:

    phil, i once again disagree with you on this....Capello won only la liga, Madrid were eliminated in the 1st knock out round of CL...n now when they have been embarrassed by barca at Bernabeu in last couple of seasons n to add to this d fact that they have been eliminated in the 1st knock out round of CL,winning CL n get 1 over barca wud be there biggest aim.
    And i don't think, Mourinho wants to stay at Madrid for long.As it looks like, he is waiting for SAF to step down so that he can take managerial job at OT. A few titles with Madrid would do loads of good to his claim as the heir of SAF

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  • 170. At 07:54am on 24 May 2010, TwoWardrobes wrote:

    I think pretty much everyone is agreed on the career path that Jose has mapped out for himself. Madrid will give him the superstar status that he craves and he will make the most of his time in the sunshine ... there will be too much money and so much potential that it's difficult to see how he could be any worse off in a couple of years if he takes the job. Then, I think, he will want a legacy club. Real are a great club, but fickle. At United he will have time, they will accept a period of decline after Ferguson's departure and if instant success is achieved then more the better. I think Jose will sow his wild oats and then settle down.

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  • 171. At 07:55am on 24 May 2010, deepak konnur wrote:

    Hello ,

    Mourinho should head twds Man Utd , as they need some change in leadership ...There's no doubt on Fergei's leadership ...but its time for a change to take place at United ...
    New manager , New Team , New Tactics ... can make united a threatening force coming next saeson ...
    At Real , i dont think he can make much of a difference ....
    I hope Mourinho joins United ...

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  • 172. At 08:02am on 24 May 2010, The Dude wrote:

    Someone explain this to me. What's all this issue about Jose eventually managing Man Utd? Is it written in stone somewhere? From some of the comments above one would think that managing Man Utd would be Jose's ultimate job................which I highly doubt. He has won the domestic league in three different countries, won the UEFA cup and two CL trophies, so he has nothing to prove at Man Utd.

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  • 173. At 08:15am on 24 May 2010, Clouwd wrote:

    Mourinho thrives on being the underdog. Everyone in Italy hates Inter (apart from Inter fans!) and he has built a fortress around that and inspired his team.

    To an extent the same was true at Chelsea as well.

    The atmosphere at Real will be different. It will be difficult for him to inspire the same team spirit. Bad move.

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  • 174. At 08:20am on 24 May 2010, TheSpecialsOne wrote:

    The Special one is still "Very Special" - he took an average Inter Team to be domestic and European Champions - he could do no more - If he had done this at Chelsea to me this was a lesser achievement due to the financial backing from Abramhovic. Just because it's not a british Club doing this people think it "isn't good enough" or their is "Luck" involved - same rules applied for all Clubs and Inter came out on Top and they done it without the Premier League Finances or a sugar daddy.
    I'm not so sure Real Madrid and Jose will be a good marriage - and it could be a quickiie divorce after one season but with lots of success along the way - mainly because of his "win at any cost" mentality and his style of football - will be interesting how Jose and Ronaldo get on??

    I above all else would have liked to see him at Man City and ruffling a few feathers back in the Premier League

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  • 175. At 08:32am on 24 May 2010, redandblackT-Save 606 wrote:

    Mourinho/Madrid ethically are a match.Mourinho whoring himself out to another club and Real accepting his flirtations.Of course the fact that Pellegrini is still officially Madrid manager doesn't seem to come into the equation.Complete and total lack of respect for this dignified man.Truly hope Mourinho and Madrid crash and burn!

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  • 176. At 08:42am on 24 May 2010, moudrid wrote:

    Well, I think he must do it: Madrid! He has the character 4 it. He loves challenges and he turn football back to basics. Let's not forget the game is a game 4 a team, with a team. Individuals as a team, with defenders, a goalkeeper, midfielders and strikers with one goal: winning! It is all about the money today! And Jose understood that.
    Who cares how he won the cupfinal in a few years, they did! And Van Gaal did not!
    I am sure he won't play the same way with Madrid as he did with Inter, as he did also different with Porto and Chelsea.
    " The special one" is the best for any club. He brings cups.
    That's where it's all about!

    I wish him a wonderful career, wherever he goes!

    " In Mou we trust "

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  • 177. At 09:10am on 24 May 2010, leexxx wrote:

    It's a good job Mourinho is 'special' (i.e. unique) or else the Champions League would be "Boring, Boring League". The less he's involved in the game the better.

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  • 178. At 09:37am on 24 May 2010, Abraham Juma wrote:

    This world has really great people and an example is Mourinho.He is a perfect example of a good leader and whatever he does is because of a purpose.Leaving Inter means he has a purpose for it and so let him do what will fulfill that purpose.

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  • 179. At 09:47am on 24 May 2010, Dazz wrote:

    A lot of the comments on here are just plain ridiculous. The poor guy has been complaining for MONTHS! about how unhappy he was in Italy and the fact that he wanted to leave. All of a sudden because he has won the CL everybody forgets that and chooses to massacre him!

    Surely there should be some balance in reporting things? People always talk about his 'style of play'. Inter Milan scored 99 goals this season!!!!! and people still complain that he is 'boring' please can you back that up?

    Go and check the records, Manchester United have conceeeded the least number of goals in each of the past 4 seasons but have not always scored the most goals. What does that tell you? A good team is built first of all on a good defence. You don't win trophies by conceeding stupid goals - Arsenal fans have discovered this, Mourinho KNOWS this, Barcelona fans will admit this (By the way go check out the stats on the number of goals conceeded bu Barcelona and you will be shocked, R. Madrid scored more than them this season but Barca won the league because they had a better defence and not a better attack! Shocked?)

    Some fans talk foolishly, as if the game of football were solely about attack. This is a foolish notion and you will end up like Arsenal if you adopt that stupid philosophy. How come Arsenal's successful years coincides with when the had a solid defence with the likes of Sol campbell and Tony Adams marshalling things and powerful Vieira acting as the shield?

    Mourinho's teams may not play like Barcelona, not everyone can play like Barcelona but if Mourinho's teams can be labelled boring, what do you call Liverpool? Who in my opinion are even worse.

    Mourinho is going to Madrid because he is unhappy at Italy and has been for a while, not just because he won the CL. And unlike a lot of us, he is confident in his ability to succeed anywhere.

    Like I wondered earlier, is it an English thing to be so scared of a new challenge? Instead choosing to cling to a certain but unexciting existence. There is something rather unmanly about this and something decidedly bold and confident about Mourinho's willingness to risk it all and embrace the unknown. Mourinho is bold and confident in his ability to succeed ANYWHERE!

    Only this way can a true warrior discover his destiny and for this I salute the Mourinho.

    I would like to see more English players risk their reputation by going abroad and testing themselves against the very best instead of perpetually clinging to the relative comfort and security of the premier league.

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  • 180. At 09:53am on 24 May 2010, AirJonas wrote:

    @176 Righ on!
    He played differently with Porto with Deco as a proper no.10 playmaker, and Costinha/Maniche in the midfield.
    In cheksea then he had Makelele/Lampard/Drogba line down the centre with Robben and Duff causing havoc down the wings and the team played attacking flowing football with loads of goals, although they got the reputation for being boring after a few 1-0 wins in the beggining of the year.
    They changed to the diamond formation with 2 strikers when an over-the-hill Schevchenko and Ballack were imposed on the club, by a president that thought he was playing his own fantasy football. And also because Duff and Robben kept breaking down, they should come with a label saying "Handle With Care".
    He played different tactics with Ibrahimovic and with Etoo and Milito.

    In Madrid he'll play whatever tactics he finds fit the squad and adversaries.

    If his skill as a manager and winning formula was reduced to sit 10 men behind the ball and hit on the counter howcome no one else does it, if it's that easy?

    Because
    1) That's not what he does. Or not the only thing he does.
    2) There's more, much more to Inter's game than poeple that only saw the Barcelona match and the final realize.
    3) Regardless of what Van Gaal said, it's not easy to defend well. If it were Chelsea and Man U would reach the end of the league with 20 draws...

    and FINALLY, why do people think that going from Real Madrid to Man U is a step up?

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  • 181. At 09:58am on 24 May 2010, Dazz wrote:

    165. At 04:22am on 24 May 2010, Lochlann Egan wrote:
    I must admit I'm utterly perplexed by the suggestion that Mourinho should stay at Inter. Why? The Italian game is in a state of chronic decay. That Inter have won 5 Scudetti in a row is testament to this. Mourinho has worked wonders at Inter but frankly the only achievement worth talking about was his delivery of the European Cup after a 45 year drought. Inter's titles are surely devalued by the fact that Juventus are a shell of the club they once were and AC Milan now resemble a Masters team. I think most managers would fancy their chances of winning Serie A if only the perennial loser that is Claudio Ranieri was all that could halt them. Couple this with the fact that Mourinho clearly finds the Italian media loathsome and you can see why he's fleeing the place. And who could blame him for wanting to leave on such a giddy high, having lead a giant back to the summit after 45 years? I also suspect he appreciates how difficult it would be to replicate their win this season. Frankly I thought Chelsea should have won at the San Siro, Inter were appalling. As for the suggestion that he should stay in the name of pursuing the World Club Championship, anyone with a scintilla of football knowledge is aware that this is an utter non entity of an event. I could name every winner of the European Cup since its inception yet I've no idea who won the World Club Championship a couple of years ago. It's effectively a junket to the Far East.

    A mate of mine met Louis van Gaal at the 2006 World Cup. He got him to sign a football and asked him what he thought the biggest job in world football was. His answer was "Madrid boss. No question." Coming from a two time Barcelona manager, I think that's testament to the allure of Real Madrid. It may be a circus but if anyone can succeed as ringmaster it's Mourinho.
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    Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!

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  • 182. At 10:03am on 24 May 2010, AirJonas wrote:

    @179 This used to be said in the NBA but tranlsates from basketball to football very well:
    Offence wins games
    Deffence wins championships

    Oh yeah, I've always wandered at the lack of english players abroad? I think it's a mix of 3 things:
    1) Some prefer to be the big fish in a small pond
    2) English players don't fit other countries styles of play
    3) Other countries can't / don't / won't pay the kind of wages the average player gets here in the England

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  • 183. At 10:03am on 24 May 2010, Teiam - problem solved wrote:

    I can accept Mourinho is an amazing manager, but the best manager he's nowhere near, look at what the likes of Arsene and Fergie have done, taking over average teams and making them great, rather than taking a team and doing well with them, Porto were a fantastic team, Chelsea spent £200m under him and Inter spent a fortune not to mention were already the best team in Italy, he's a great man motivator but would I want him to take over United? Not a chance, never. It's Manchester United FC any team Mourinho manages becomes Mourinho FC, everything becomes about him because of his ego. United aren't a desperate team wanting success, we've had it and will have it again, really hope we pass up on him.

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  • 184. At 10:12am on 24 May 2010, Bobydon wrote:

    Well,well Jose has won it(CL) twice with two differents clubs, that is wonderful. I think what is good now is to stay one more season at Inter where he is widely being respected and cherished. I am a soccer fan and in soccer nothing is impossible. Let inter fans family enjoy with Jose for one more season. Going to madrid may not be advisable. The type of game Jose play is good for Italy or England NOT Spain. If Jose end up in Madrid I promise him one season, he will be kicked out.

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  • 185. At 10:16am on 24 May 2010, Bigy_Mour wrote:

    Sorry Mr Souness, as you tried to criticise Mourinho's tactics on Saturday and mentioned that he won't be a good fit at Real Madrid???? What???

    Would you have preferred playing in the Real Madrid Team who played good football and did not win anything or would you have opted for Inter Milan and won the treble by playing good defensive to attacking footballl...

    Win something to prove that you are atleast 10 steps below Mourinho!!!

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  • 186. At 10:17am on 24 May 2010, jollyeric wrote:

    I'm not sure that quoting an Inter fan is really use of an impartial judge of the pros and cons of Jose's decision, Phil. Of course he's going to say he should stay. If Jose was my club's manager there's no way I'd be happy with him leaving.

    Does the club world cup really mean very much? You only play two games. It's just a summer exhibition tournment. It's also expected that the European club win it, so you only have glory to lose not to win.

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  • 187. At 10:25am on 24 May 2010, therealjag wrote:

    He should stay away from Real Madrid, everyone knows that place is a deathwish for managers - a lot like the England job!

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  • 188. At 10:37am on 24 May 2010, Dazz wrote:

    There is no reason for Jose to stay at Inter. He has already reached the summit and things can only go downhill.

    On the other hand if he goes to Madrid and fails - it is Madrid's fault because they a circus and he already has many titles and 2 CL wins to his name (unlike Senor Pellegrini - no disrespect meant). If on the other hand he succeeds (and beating Barca to the title or indeed to anything will suffice) he becomes even more special.

    After the Arsenal match, Marca - the spanish newspaper asked the question relating to Lionel Messi / Barcelona "how do you stop this guy"? Now we all know the answer - "Mourinho"!

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  • 189. At 11:08am on 24 May 2010, supadupacushty wrote:

    mourinho knows how to nullify barcelona. I can see him winning atleast the domestic double in la liga in his first season. real madrid already have the talent to accomplish this. they simply need mourinho to make them win. there will be a few players who will not like mourinhos tactics. the massive array of attacking talent in real will be asked to play more as part of a "team" and help out all over the field just like etoo did in the champions league final when i saw him a few times at right back. however, mourinho goes to real a champions league winner. he has automatic respect and everyone at real will have to bow to his new management style regardless of whther they like is or not. that respect and willingness to conform will last as long as the results keep coming. if the player feels he does not fit in; he will simply put in a transfer request and leave just like robben did when he left chelsea.

    for me, kaka will be his key player. mourinho has that attacking and heavily goal scoring midfielder is his teams. he had lampard at chelsea and he has sneider at inter. kaka will be reborn under mourinho just like sneider was. mourinho used his fast and effective strikers a lot at inter for when he being on the counter - and here ronaldo might be useful. mourinho only allows 1 striker to stick up front and everyone else tracks back. will that striker be ronaldo? i think so.

    mourinho and sir alex i feel have a secret agreement. mourinho is the replacement for sir alex when he retires. mourinho cant quite say it yet, but cant help but hint his inevitable return to the premier league as he often does.


    final note: a mr roman i feel must feel he made a mistake letting mourinho go.


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  • 190. At 11:15am on 24 May 2010, pcoelho7 wrote:

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  • 191. At 11:38am on 24 May 2010, JoC wrote:

    NadalsLeftBicepCoach wrote:Does nobody feel slightly sorry for Mr Pellegrini in the midst of all this talk?

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    In a strictly sporting sense perhaps, but not too much with an expected a €5 million golden handshake coming his way. Money is THE great attraction of going to Madrid and Barca no matter what people say - it's why they're so hard to turn down. Few have genuine respect for past history. Even all the talk of Cesc rejoining Barca because of them being his 'spiritual home' is a con - the reported €160k a week and initial signing on fee of over €4 million might be a factor? Messi's mega earnings allow him to profess undying loyalty, but like Maradona, Ronaldo before him time passes and better offers come in.

    Wenger was tempted by Madrid every year but his brain tells an extra million here or there won't necessarily equate to greater happiness or contentment - besides he's not exactly a pauper at the Emirates is he? Gerrard has wealth, love and respect on Merseyside, so does Lampard at the Bridge but greed is the fall of many men because it's so hard to resist. It's all incredible stuff though given the state of the Spanish and European economy at the moment..don't know how it's tolerated? The only other thing worse than greed is pride and Mourinho has plenty of ego to feed.

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  • 192. At 11:43am on 24 May 2010, Albanianfootie wrote:

    Jose wants to go to Real because, simply put, it is the most difficult job in world football. And he clearly relishes the challenge.

    Think of all the great names that have managed Real and were shown the door rather unceremoniously. Jose wants to achieve success with Real and truly become one of the greats. Given that Real have an amazing squad which will gel perfectly next year, and a huge war chest, why should Mourinho stay at Inter? After all, he has had a torrid time in Italy with the media and even the fans.

    But most of all, I would think this is about sticking it to Barca, his old employer but recent arch nemesis both with Chelsea and Inter.

    I would love to see Mourinho at Real and see him do what he does best: put in line the best paid footballers in the world.

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  • 193. At 12:01pm on 24 May 2010, thanhkhcn wrote:

    In my opinion, Mourinho leaving Inter Milan is a right decision because it will be really hard for him to repeat the titles with Inter next season. Let's see Alex Ferguson, who hasn't repeated the 1999's titles with MU even though he want to retire now. Mourinho may lose some money when he move to Real Madrid. However, he may get more titles with Real Madrid so that he can earn more money in the future.

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  • 194. At 12:15pm on 24 May 2010, barcaholland wrote:

    I'm getting sick about the so-called masterbrain of Mourinho and that only he knows how to nullify Barca or revive Real. Let's face it, he was/is coach of team of great players, you win some and you lose some. In the end you have to be coach of a great/wealthy team and than it's down to loads of luck. This year Bayern and Inter both got away with clear offside goals otherwise they even wouldn't have been in the final. Last year Barca was extremely lucky versus Chelsea, so all this nonsense about brilliant master tacticians bores me to death. Bayern deserved a penalty, what would have happenen if they had scored, when you are coach of teams like Real, Barca, Chelsea, United, Inter, Milan, Juve, Bayern there is always a chance that you win the CL.

    Some do it by trying to entertain, others do it in a boring cattenacio style, I prefer the offensive men, those who have guts, Mourinho is brilliant actor and a very good coach but nothing special. So let him go to Madrid, at least it gives me 2 weeks of highly entertaining arrogance when Real and Barca face off!

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  • 195. At 12:21pm on 24 May 2010, nickvai wrote:

    Jose is a phenomenally gifted coach, no doubt about it. At the moment though he seems to get engaged but never married; if things don't go his way or if a more attractive suitor expresses an interest, off he goes.

    I have no doubt that Jose will go down in history as one of the most successful coaches of all time but he needs to build a legacy, and two or three great squads within the same club, as the likes of SAF, Trappatoni, Shankly, Paisley and the like have done, rather than be an impact manager who lasts two or three seasons before moving on.

    Can he achieve this at Real Madrid and, more to the point, does he want to? Or is the most important thing to him achieving personal records with the club as his vehicle rather than the other way around?

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  • 196. At 12:38pm on 24 May 2010, kevcamel wrote:

    Of course Jose should leave Internazionale, what is there left to achieve there. Two back-to-back titles and now the treble. I just feel sorry for the manager replacing him. Its rumoured to be Benitez lol.

    Jose wants to win the league in yet another country. Don't blame him! He's done it Portugal, England and Italy now, so only Spain beckons... Real have just broke their club record for points during a season and still did not win the title so its definitely on for 'la liga' win too.

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  • 197. At 12:59pm on 24 May 2010, A Summers wrote:

    Jose is a genius. He is a young SAF. Without a doubt. He knows how to get people to tick, he knows how to control the media and he knows how to play mind games just like the great man Alex.

    Jose already has a plan in mind. Go to Madrid, win the title/ Champs league with them thus putting one over Barca. The translator strikes back! After that... well i have no shaddow of a doubt he wants to succeed Sir Alex at Man U. He respects him so much as does SAF to Jose.

    I dont know if the Man U board would want a man who stays a few years and leaves but they would come to that bridge in the future. Maybe he would want to settle down in England since he loves it so much. Jose at Man Utd for 20 years... If anything it would be entertaining! United would also allow him time. Anyone think Chelsea would take him back in a second?? I do!

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  • 198. At 1:16pm on 24 May 2010, syahaya wrote:

    Let Mourinho take the Real Madrid job and I believe it would suit him perfectly as he may or may not achieve success which is trademark on the short run.He would be given the Real treatment if he fails to deliver just like it was done to Capello who won the la liga,Jaunde Ramos, BERND SCHUSTER and very likely now Pellegrini. One thing all these blogs have realize is that J Mourinho is not a Manager that stay for a long spell no matter how constant he achieves success just like Ferguson and Wenger, in particular club. He prefers to achieve instant success and then disappear to solicit for another job.

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  • 199. At 1:20pm on 24 May 2010, TwoWardrobes wrote:

    #180

    "and FINALLY, why do people think that going from Real Madrid to Man U is a step up?"

    I don't think anybody has said that. That kind of talk leads to the Utd vs Liverpool rubbish that often clogs up these blogs. At the top clubs, when they move across countries, these are really just lateral moves. Why is the second best team in Spain a step up from the European champions and five times Serie A winners? I reckon the fact that there are only really two teams in Spain means that there are fewer options, so they're elevated somewhat.

    Little Jose ending up in Manchester just seems logical, almost a natural progression. I think that English clubs, United in particular, can give Mourinho what he craves ... ultimate control and a hefty chunk of the glory. A swaggering Jose would find his perfect match at Old Trafford I think. The press here like his cheeky arrogance too (although we'd have to see if that lasts if he goes to OT). The interference of the president will also get him down a bit, that won't be changing, no matter what happens.

    Real are like a trophy girlfriend, glamourous but a bit empty, we all want one for a while but nobody really wants to marry one. Plus ... she's had a looooooot of guys.

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  • 200. At 1:32pm on 24 May 2010, brian wrote:

    I don't think it's that difficult to understand why he would want to move to Real. He has nothing left to achieve with Inter.
    "Oh but he could win successive Champions League titles!"

    He could win successive Champions League title's at Real as well, he could do it anywhere. What he can't do if he stays at Inter is win La Liga. I think he wants to show that he can be a winner in any league in the world.

    To me it makes perfect sense. The man loves the media spotlight, and where do you get more attention than in Madrid?

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  • 201. At 1:43pm on 24 May 2010, PATRICIA GILLESPIE wrote:

    with jose in spain the female football supporting public will get to see more of him as sky covers la liga i for one cant wait

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  • 202. At 1:43pm on 24 May 2010, JamTay1 wrote:

    @199 Only two clubs in Spain?

    Does that not include A Madrid who beat Fulham and Liverpool to win the Europa League. Does it not include Sevilla who destroyed Rangers in the Champions League and Middlesborough a few years ago in the Europa League. How about Valencia? Villareal? etc.

    This rubbish about there only been two clubs in Spain is ridiculous. Like all the top leagues (English Greed is good league included) there are a few teams who tend to dominate, but to dismiss the other teams is typical English arrogance/ignorance.

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  • 203. At 1:48pm on 24 May 2010, bannedgunner wrote:

    @25

    red_assassin that is a good point that you brought up. That was one of the few times that JM was NOT FUNNY! and even as Arsenal fan, I thought J.M's remark about Ronaldo were out of order. I think JM later sort of apologized for hi remarks. While Ronaldo may have gotten over it, but the first little flare up between the two will jog his memory. Also JM's style requires that even the bets attacking attacking player curb their instincts and play like midfielder to protect a lead. (Did you see ho Eto almost never crossed the half line mark, unless Inter were on counter attack).

    Unlike Eto, Ronaldo may feel he is big enough of a Star to stand up sometimes ultra conservative style of JM.

    I sort of want JM to got to Madrid just to sea these two ego clash!

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  • 204. At 1:51pm on 24 May 2010, happy4henry wrote:

    WOW! I wasn't going to add anything here because it's all been said but...

    #199
    "Real are like a trophy girlfriend, glamourous but a bit empty, we all want one for a while but nobody really wants to marry one. Plus ... she's had a looooooot of guys."

    Bravo sir, I think that is the best summary of Real Madrid I've ever seen, spot on.


    Mourinho will want this job because of Forum discusions like this, he wants to take this to a level above most successful managers.

    What's better then Winning everything with a team expecting to cause you problems?? Doing it when everyone suggests you shouldn't!

    Mourinho's greatest achivement to Surpass Porto's CL final, Chelsea's League and FA Cup Glory, Inter's Dominance and Treble will be taming the beast that is Madrid, because everyone said it couldn't be done.

    Oh and if anyone thinks Mourinho would "Win Ugly" with Madrid could someone please explain to me how you do that with Hugian, Cris Ronaldo, and Kaka in your side, I think it would be harder to do it defensively then just to let them play!

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  • 205. At 2:05pm on 24 May 2010, Dazz wrote:

    Indeed Jose is a tactical mastermind - end of. To claim otherwise is to be churlish...childish even.

    Chelsea cannot win the league for 50 years - Jose goes there, they win it!

    Inter cannot win the Champions League for 45 years - Jose goes there, they win it!

    Trophy upon trophy, conquest upon conquest..yet some people say it's all luck. Some luck that is. Even hatred when it is so illogical becomes ridiculous. People must learn to accept that as much as we need the calm and humble types like Roy Hodgson we also need the confident and swashbuckling types like Mourinho and I dare say Sir Alex to some much needed spice.

    Expecting everyone to timid and reticent to satisfy your own inferior ego is an English fixation...never gonna happen and you will only hate in vain. Question why there are so few English managers in the premier league. We are no longer in the 18th century and is time to move on, time to embrace the expansive, the flamboyant and indeed the fact that we are not necessarily the best anymore. Show the same humility we expect from the likes of Mourinho in acknowledging true greatness when it is so obviously shoved under our noses.

    Rant over!!

    Yeah we know every manager gets their slice of luck from time to time (e.g. Barca against Chelsea last year, John Terry slipping the year before, Steven Gerrard's glorious assist for Drogba etc.) but to then attribute every single success to this in 3 different countries and so many different competitions is a bit foolish.

    I don't subscribe to everyone liking him, it is however a honourable human quality to recognise the truth. I don't like Arsene Wenger much, but I recognise he is a brilliant manager. As a United fan, I would kill to have Mourinho as our manager when Sir Alex retires. I want a real winner, good football will be a bonus. We don't play like Arsenal ro Barcelona anyway. I prefer we be feared and respected than loved by everyone.

    I don't want a manager like Ranieri - always nearly there but not quite there. No. I want a real winner, not a nice guy

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  • 206. At 2:19pm on 24 May 2010, NASRI_IS ALGERIAN AND FRENCH FACT wrote:

    Jose moving to real is possibly one of the worst moves that we shall see, to be honest i cant see it working at all. All up egos no way it will work in mourinhos favour . I can guarantee you that, the main problem why i say this is because real madrid want to full flowing attacking football like barca.

    However mourinho plays a more defensive line up as we call remember capello at real? he wanted it his way defensively however even the calibre of his repuation he ended up getting the axe.

    Another problem the presidennt perez gets too involved in many of the first team affairs such as who to pick or what the line up is .The most conversational example of this was del bosque in his time at real . This man won 2 la ligas and 2 champions league and yet still got sacked? can you believe that! for wanting his own decisions!.

    Third point is ! the battle of the egos! mourinho is not only going to be the big name when he gets there! kaka,benezema,casillas, and of course his compratiot ronaldo. Im sure some of these players will try and boast their egos! and repuations! im sure they dont want their manager having more press than them! LOL.

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  • 207. At 3:05pm on 24 May 2010, Mel0dymaker wrote:

    Think of the players real have already. Mourinho would certainly provide an interesting situation. If Real have the budget to bring in his kind of players as well then they could be a devastating team. I hope he goes.

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  • 208. At 3:34pm on 24 May 2010, BeautifulGame wrote:

    Guys & gals,no matter what we say or the press says, if Jose has made up his mind to go to Real, he will.The Galacticos tag associated is too much for any of the players or coach to reject unless he is an SAF.

    He will go there and ofcourse win the LaLiga but i am not that confident of the champions league. Regarding the ego problem, we must remember that his movenment to Chelsea was not that successfull as Roman wanted champions league but got only premier league,FA cup and community shield.
    If Roman had not got involved in player buyings and Team selection, then i think Chelasea might have won once in the past two years.

    Point is until the ego clashes reach an unbearable position,Jose will be there and then quit Real as Chelsea.He does not care whether he becomes a legend as he has become for Inter. Although if he stays at Inter for atleast one more year and try that back to back champions league triumph, he would be wiser.

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  • 209. At 3:35pm on 24 May 2010, Fred wrote:

    Inter won the CL despite refereeing decisions that denied them several goals and had them playing in 10 for nearly the whole game against what used to be referred to as the "best team in the world". They beat Chelsea in Milan and in London, beat the Russian champs in Russia and then as aforesaid, held Barcelona to 1 goal with ten men for most of the game to eliminate them.

    No team has ever won the CL against such odds.

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  • 210. At 3:41pm on 24 May 2010, TwoWardrobes wrote:

    " @199 Only two clubs in Spain?

    This rubbish about there only been two clubs in Spain is ridiculous. Like all the top leagues (English Greed is good league included) there are a few teams who tend to dominate, but to dismiss the other teams is typical English arrogance/ignorance. "

    Um, yep. Standing by that I'm afraid, Toots. Granted, Inter have dominated Serie A recently but Milan, Juve and Roma are all (at least)considered equally big clubs. In England there are Arsenal, United, Chelsea and Liverpool ... not to mention the new kids on the block. In Spain, there are two big clubs and two big managerial jobs. Valencia, ranking third, are a long way off. I don't suppose Jose moving to Atletico would come as a surprise to you? No? Didn't think so.

    By the way, I'm a Welsh, Wrexham supporter trying to expalin the opinion of the neutrals (ie - non-Spaniphilliacs, non-United fans, non-ABUs). I'm afraid that my opinion differs to yours, clearly that must be due to my ignorance/arrogance.

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  • 211. At 3:42pm on 24 May 2010, georgiesthebest7 wrote:

    Phil- Like many others replying to your blogg, I think it is the very 'essence' of Jose Mourhino that he has to move on, to search not just for pastures new, but for new forms of 'spectacular' success. Winning the Italian version of 'the treble' with Inter and especially the success in the CL, after Inter have been so long in AC Milan's shadow, is 'spectacular'. I do also count his CL win with Porto as 'spectacular' because it is highly unlikely to happen again for that club for most people (currently connected with that club)in their lifetime; unless Jose, Ronaldo, Nani and most of the other big name Portuguese footballers, currently in exile, go home!
    The two PL wins with Chelsea were also 'spectular' in a way because they broke up the Man Utd/SAF monopoly of the EPL (at least for a couple of seasons) and gave the club something it had not experienced for decades, i.e. 'back to back' seasons when Chelsea fans could really smile!
    There is a tremendous fascination with Jose, people either love him or hate him - all his players love him ( suspect he gets rid quickly of any that don't) and as we have seen now at different clubs and with different types of player, Jose gets the very best out of them, or he moves them on! I am old enough to remember the emergence of the great Mohammed Ali (as he was then Cassius Clay); when he came on the scene many people just wanted to see him get his 'comeuppence' and paid 'good money', time after time, in the hope of seeing it happen -of course it never did, or at least not until the zenith of his career had been reached and by that time half the world loved (and respected) Ali . It seem Jose commands the same level of attention and now with his latest challenge looking increasing likely to be the requirement to restore 'Winners of the CL' to the 'galactico's CV! Even the fact we have a World Cup competition in between; what with Blackpool in the PL and Jose at Real Madrid - can't wait for next season to start!

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  • 212. At 6:33pm on 24 May 2010, ChelseaTex wrote:

    Nickvai, why does JM have to build a legacy likes SAF, and how many years was SAF at Man Utd before he won the League? Did Paisley not inherit a dominant Liverpool from Shankly, so how many squads did Shankly build. Your romanticism is misplaced, but what is clear in this day and age is nobody is prepared to give you time to get it right, because time means money. Inter Milan have waited 45 years for this, a lifetime, do you not think JM has created a legend (legacy). JM is the Manager for modern football, he will give you the success you crave and leave you still wanting more. There are not many Managers can do what JM does

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  • 213. At 7:13pm on 24 May 2010, ozgurmandal wrote:

    Morinho's team did not deserve to play in the final. I watched them in the semifinal against Bacelona and in the final against Bayern Munich but they did not satisfy me as a football fan. I do not want to watch any matches in which either of the teams does a hard defence; therefore show us a performance which most of the fans find anti-football.
    Do you think that a final is being played in the field and you watch a match which is not giving pleasure to audiences at all? When we mean final we actually mean that we are going to see the best teams of the tournament and thus watch the best match of it. However, the fact is always just the opposite.
    I have watched Inter twice in cahmpions league this year and think that the two games were the worst of all the games of the league. Hat kind of football is that?
    Morinho is deceiving us all! He is making football ugly and boring and every one apploudes him and that is the thing which makes me crazy.We football fans wish to watch joy, excitement, beautiful and wise movements, goals or plenty of goal positions of course with the fair play that is to say a GOOD game but Morinho makes us watch something against football.
    The football which Morinho makes his teams play is neither fair nor a GOOD one.
    Love from İstanbul.

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  • 214. At 7:14pm on 24 May 2010, LondonsFinestClub wrote:

    Jose doesn't want to build legacies, he isn't loyal to one club and moves when he feels the time is right except at Chelsea where he was shown an early door, which he feels was unjust as did the majority of fans. He would still like to win the champions league at Chelsea but will settle for Madrid in the meantime or perhaps he may even resort to the Portugeuse job after Madrid. Mourinho is a footballing gypsy a man who never wants to put down roots or believe that the club own him and he is far too ambitous to provide one club with all the glory when he can become a hero to so many more. Madrid will learn that this man is bigger than their club as he is too big for United or any club and I think his ultimate goal would be to win the world cup with Portugal unlike Ferguson who has always opted for the security of United. There is nothing wrong with that and I hope Ancellotti goes on to become Ferguson's equal in every respect except manners which are the Scots downfall. Jose is a completely different animal and we will never know what flight of fancy may take him next. I would love to see him at the Bridge one day but never with United, City or Arsenal. I could tolerate him at Pool but I think he would choose Chelsea above the others.

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  • 215. At 8:00pm on 24 May 2010, Twirlip wrote:

    "I do not want to watch any matches in which either of the teams does a hard defence "

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    Why do people like this think they are ANY sort of football fans? If you need to see a high scoring game, then start following rugby, or basketball. Football really isn't for you.

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  • 216. At 8:59pm on 24 May 2010, migs wrote:

    I am always surprised to read some of the comments made by people I would think to be real soccer fans. For those who have actually accompanied Mourinho as a coach since Porto all the way to Inter, you should know that he doesnt have a single tactic in soccer. Many here think that he wont make it in Real because of his defensive style. Well, if you knew the coach better, you would know that he has many styles. What he does, is find the one that works best with the team and with the league and perfects it. Yes, with Inter, his style has been a strong defense with bursts of attack. But he's a great coach, not a one-style coach. Trust me, if he goes to real madrid, he's going to search for the best style possible for Real. Which will probably be much more attack and mid-field oriented than Inter.

    Should he go to Real? Definitely. As many have pointed out, he will find many problems. Working with new players, working along a president that takes a large part of the coaching job, and finding the style of play that Real fans and players like. But thats mourinho, he wants the challenge and the glory.

    I wouldnt say he is taking the easy way. While Real has a strong team, it also has a great rival (Barcelona) and it has failed to produce any results. This year they didnt win anything. I cant say i know too much about Real, but to me it seems that Real has always had money to buy the most expensive players and put on an extremely famous team, but only manages to produce real results every once in a while. So I think that the challenge of going to a team with players who have pretty big egos and get them to play like a team and win is a huge challenge.

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  • 217. At 10:26pm on 24 May 2010, OutsideLookingIn wrote:

    "..
    Just what a challenge this could be can be seen by looking at how Barcelona fell just short this season, going out to Inter in the semi-finals.
    .."

    Crikey Minshull your memory is short .. and the team that lost to Barca when they won in Rome? I think you'll find they were actually nearer to the line.

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  • 218. At 10:57pm on 24 May 2010, SamD wrote:

    Quote: "there are many people, myself included, who are still wondering why Mourinho would even contemplate leaving Inter."

    Phil--most of us are concerned with achieving what success we can in life. And winning the (European Cup/)Champions League two years in a row for the first time since Milan in '90 would be a pretty heady success--for most of us.

    But Mourinho isn't interested in equaling a 20-year-old success. He's interested in history. Maybe the Madrid job would no longer be available after he coached Inter to further success--but it is now. And his goal is clearly to end up being the only coach EVER to win four different domestic championships (Portugal, Italy, Spain, and England) and (at least) four Champions League titles with (at least) four different teams.

    Real Madrid is a fabulous opportunity to get his FOURTH "different Championship" title and his third Champions League title before returning to England to win the Champions League with an English club. (Either returning to his obviously beloved Chelsea, or perhaps taking over when Sir Alex finally steps down at Man U.)

    Mourinho already has English Championships under his belt, so there are now five hurdles down and only three remaining--a Spanish Championship/Champions League double and an English Champions League title. At the helm of Madrid--and then EITHER Chelsea or Man U.--that is eminently doable, especially since he's only 47.

    He coached an underdog Porto side into Champions League champions. He coached the Chelsea "pampered millionaires" into a cohesive, fighting unit, willing to shed blood and win championships for each other. He coached Inter to the first Italian triple... and past the English, Spanish, and German champions on the way. Anyone who still questions his magic coaching touch is clearly blind.

    He will get the pampered Spanish millionaires to perform for each other, and he has already proven he can get the English to perform.

    It is obvious why he's leaving Inter. He doesn't want to continue being "successful." He wants to leave the game applauded as an all-conquering Caesar--as the greatest coach who ever lived, irresistibly sweeping his adversaries before him. Wreathed in more successes and plaudits than the greatest skeptic can possibly shake a fist at.

    It's simple. It makes sense. I'd do it too, if I was in his position. You don't turn your back on Mount Everest when the summit is in sight. You may fail the last few steps, but there's no way you don't try to take them...

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  • 219. At 11:04pm on 24 May 2010, emsti wrote:

    Real Madrid was the first super club on the continent - winning five european championships in a row with their super players.

    Real Madrid have added to that total of championships - they are the "Special Ones" of the club world and Mourinho is a "Special One" too, albeit self-branded.

    Real Madrid is the holy grail in football - it is perhaps the highest honor in football to have your name and fate etched in their history. Can you blame him - he is young and the phrase "the world is your oyster" comes to mind.

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  • 220. At 00:22am on 25 May 2010, papalekky wrote:

    Why do you all just think JM is hanging around for Fergie to expire? dont you think he will fancy going back to Chelsea where he has been somewhat idolised?

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  • 221. At 00:24am on 25 May 2010, dutilleul wrote:

    “Veni, vidi, vici.”
    Julius Ceaser


    “Vidi, vici, ire.”
    José Mourinho

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  • 222. At 00:26am on 25 May 2010, papalekky wrote:

    JM will have it tough in La Liga and in Madrid but mark it he will have it his way and the last laugh.

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  • 223. At 08:11am on 25 May 2010, The Realist wrote:

    Mourinho says he likes a challenge and sets his own task to complete on the first day he joins a club.

    So with Madrid is that task just to stay in the job after 1 season?

    And if he then joins Man Utd would that task be to win more medals than Sir Alex Ferguson?

    Some things for people to consider.

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  • 224. At 09:41am on 25 May 2010, simply_complicated wrote:

    Well all this talk of whether Mourinho is going or not i dont understand.He was interviewed on the German Television directly after CL final and at the end was asked if it were his last match and he said YES clearly and if he were going to Real Madrid and again he clearly said YES.The interviewer was himself surprised.
    As far as his decision is concerned, i think the more people tell him not to go there,the more he would love it because he is best in doing that. PROVING PEOPLE WRONG.Its better that he gets criticized because then he would be at his BEST!M not a Mourinho fan but I am impressed by his attitude and his respect for the opposition.

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  • 225. At 09:57am on 25 May 2010, fat ronaldo R9 wrote:

    has he ever had a hard job?
    porto are big club in portugal and who did they play in champions league final? where lucky to get passed man utd with a stupid goal keeping error...chelsea had millions to spend when he was there and already had some world class tallent like robben, lampard terry and cech
    at inter...well since juve and ac milan went down (ac milan diducted points anyhow) it was only roma who could actually put up a fight against them...
    and now real madrid...taking over a team which had 96 points last season and has a team second to noone (including barca).
    i wonder how he would do at a team such as liverpool? i think he'd be terrible
    and i bet he will stand clear of united as he most prob knows he wont be able to get them to win the league if sir alex goes.

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  • 226. At 10:57am on 25 May 2010, Spaced Invader wrote:

    fat ronaldo R9: 'has he ever had a hard job'?

    Well, winning the Champions League with a Portuguese side is no mean feat, given their resources are more akin to Scottish football than La Liga or the PL. And yes, I'm a Man Utd fan, I do recall how lucky they were at Old Trafford in 2004 - but that was only one game in the whole tournament.

    And Inter haven't won the CL since 1965, and were drawn against the two sides, Chelsea and Barcelona, widely regarded and the toughest and most talented sides respectively in the competition, yet he still won it. He learnt fluent Italian for the job in six weeks for god's sake, and people still think he was lucky...

    Jose must feel that the harder he works, the luckier he gets...

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  • 227. At 12:14pm on 25 May 2010, harryskillman wrote:

    "and there are many people, myself included, who are still wondering why Mourinho would even contemplate leaving Inter."

    Come on now Phil. There are so many reasons why Mourinho would want to leave that you probably couldn't count them on both hands.

    I'm not even going to bother going through them. Anyone with any decent knowledge of football would be well aware of the plainly obvious motives.

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  • 228. At 12:39pm on 25 May 2010, Rob04 wrote:

    #225
    Ever had a harder job?

    Porto are still the only team to have won the CL from outside the Big 5 (England, Italy, Spain, Germany and France) after beating Deportivo Lyon and ManUtd on-route. So what other coach has achieved this? Porto are big in Portugal but similar to teams like Ajax, Celtic and Rangers they don't get access to big TV money deals. The win with Porto may arguably be his biggest achievement to date.

    So they got a dubious decision against a bigger team? Normally its the other way round!

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  • 229. At 12:55pm on 25 May 2010, McBilty wrote:

    You've got to admire Jose. I believe he's looking to clean sweep every piece of major silverware in Europe and become the continents most decorated manager.

    He has all domestic cups and a CL in both Portugal and Italy and now he's off too Spain to try and do the same with Madrid.

    He'll be back to England (in my view to replace Sir Alex), to claim the elusive FA Cup that he didn't win with Chelsea, and a probably another CL win.

    From there, his eyes will be on the World Cup as Either Portugal or England manager

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  • 230. At 1:49pm on 25 May 2010, Raduriel wrote:

    Why would you spend another year working in an environment that you really do not like? JM has not found the Italian media to be as maleable as the English media. In fact, they dislike him intensely and they make that feeling very clear. If you had read the Italian sports papers regularly over the last two years you would have noted that the writers acknowledge his undoubted genius for success, his skills in tactics and man management, his motivational skills, his ability to mould a great team spirit and his use of every trick in the book to the absolute limits of the law (furbia) but still they do not accord him the adulation that he feels that he deserves.

    In my opinion, it is principally because the guy lacks the class to be gracious either in victory or defeat. Inter's last most successful coach Helenio Hererra in the 1960s had similar traits. He too thought that he was God's gift. JM likes to be loved and admired and only a small section of the Italian population will paye him the homage he feels that he is due. Why would he stay?

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  • 231. At 1:58pm on 25 May 2010, RichardG wrote:

    Matt (comment 229) you are spot-on. A year or two at Real to, to paraphrase Sir Alex, "knock Barcelona off their ****ing perch", and win the Spanish League, Cup and another Champions League, then succeed Sir Alex at United for two or three years with a view to winning the quadruple (Premiership, League Cup, FA Cup and Champions League) before moving on to coach England to the World Cup and European Championship. I can't see him taking on the Portugal job unless he thinks they are serious contenders (although you could say the same for England) and I doubt whether many other realistic World Cup-winning nations would go for a foreign coach, which makes England his likely destiny. Time is on his side, age-wise.

    Real are probably more like Chelsea were when he took over than Internazionale - he will need to do less restructuring in Spain than he did in Italy so expect Jose's Real to be in the running for everything in 2010-11.

    Now if only Inter would take Benitez off Liverpool's hands so they could try and find a decent manager.......!

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  • 232. At 2:13pm on 25 May 2010, MrManj wrote:

    213. At 7:13pm on 24 May 2010, ozgurmandal wrote:
    Morinho's team did not deserve to play in the final. I watched them in the semifinal against Bacelona and in the final against Bayern Munich but they did not satisfy me as a football fan. I do not want to watch any matches in which either of the teams does a hard defence; therefore show us a performance which most of the fans find anti-football.
    Do you think that a final is being played in the field and you watch a match which is not giving pleasure to audiences at all? When we mean final we actually mean that we are going to see the best teams of the tournament and thus watch the best match of it. However, the fact is always just the opposite.
    I have watched Inter twice in cahmpions league this year and think that the two games were the worst of all the games of the league. Hat kind of football is that?
    Morinho is deceiving us all! He is making football ugly and boring and every one apploudes him and that is the thing which makes me crazy.We football fans wish to watch joy, excitement, beautiful and wise movements, goals or plenty of goal positions of course with the fair play that is to say a GOOD game but Morinho makes us watch something against football.
    The football which Morinho makes his teams play is neither fair nor a GOOD one.
    Love from İstanbul.
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    I thought Inter deserved to be in the final as they were able to win in every round.

    Inter scored a lot of goals this year - nearly a hundred. Not sure if that is anti-football. One of the most exciting games i saw this year was Inter vs Barca at the San Siro. To see a team take the game to Barca was a change. THey created enough chnces to score 5 or 6 goals.

    "The football which Morinho makes his teams play is neither fair nor a GOOD one."
    Speaking of fair and anti-football i've watched both Barca and Bayern play this year and whe nthey come up against a good team they are poor to watch. Diving. Time wasting. Trying to influence the ref. This i think is unfair and is anti-football. Defence is part of the game. Diving etc is not. Real MAdrid scored more goals than Baarca this eyar but did not win the league as Barca had a better defence. So does this mean Barca are negative compared to Real!? No it doesn't

    Also most cup finals are bad. Here in england most FA cup finals are poor. most world cup finals are poor. same with the Euro final. THere is a lot at stake in the final and so almost all teams are cautious. the better games come in the earlier rounds. aside from the milan 3-3 Liverpool and the FA cup West ham 3-3 Liverpool games i've not seen many good cup finals recently.

    personally i like the diversity of the way teams play in england. if they all tried to play one touch stuff the top teams would pull very far away - like spain's annual two horse race - as they have the best technique players

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  • 233. At 2:32pm on 25 May 2010, alex wrote:

    So he won the treble at Inter, as an Italian I am embarrassed that we have an Italian Club winning the league with hardly any italian presense in the first team. This is not good for Italian football and the development of the Italian youth team. Money and winning at all costs is the only thing that matters now and its taken the gloss out of the game.

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  • 234. At 4:19pm on 25 May 2010, cup o tea wrote:

    I'm not doubting Mourinho's ability, but I don't know the circumstances with the Porto triumph. All I know is he went to Chelsea at a time when Ranieri had build a great team and he had limitless funds. He did well, of course, but I think I could've won a trophy with that side. When he was finally forced out the team were struggling - and unbearable to watch (I think Grant did an amazing job to get them to the CL final, win the FA Cup (I think) and 2nd in the league was it?!).

    So he's gone to Italy, to the leading club who had already won 3 league titles in a row. Yes, again he's done extremely well, but look at the options he had.

    And now it looks like he's going to Madrid, a club who spent 250m last summer and will probably spend another 100m this summer. Will he succeed? Pretty sure he'll win something.

    I'm not a hater, I like the character, and the self belief. Just will be very interesting to see what happens. Forget the Spanish league - that's either his or Barca's, that's a given. It's whether he can even get Madrid past the last 16 in the CL which will be interesting!

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  • 235. At 6:45pm on 25 May 2010, Sid Ghosh wrote:

    This is regards to ozgurmandal's comment about fans only being interested in attractive football -

    Why is this made into such an issue? Are you telling me if Mourinho was 50mins away in a Cup final from giving your club or country side a title win for the first time 30yrs or whatever, you would much rather they play attractive soccer so fans can have some fun but then loose 3-2 because they let counter-goals sneak in? I don't believe that for one moment.

    The fact of the matter is we watch football because we want to see our side win the cup, whatever cup it may be. Sure it's great to see some flowing soccer once in a while, but when it's an important game, a generally careful approach is MUCH preferred to getting run over. Just ask an Arsenal fan who watched the Barcelona game.

    I'm a Inter fan. We now have the CL title. Did they play attractive soccer? I couldn't care less. But since you are making an assertion they Inter did not, did you watch the 3-1 game Inter won against Barcelona? Did you watch the final game where Inter scored twice and all bayern could do was pass the ball around? Did you the game where Barcelona couldn't get past 10-man Inter? Where was Barcelona's flair?

    It's very easy to prefer attractive soccer when your teams are not in contention. But ultimately results matter.

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  • 236. At 8:23pm on 25 May 2010, Jamie Bond wrote:

    To quote from the Seinfeld show, Mourinho is very much "the master of his own domain".

    He has set his own targets, he has achieved them thus far, but most importantly to him, they are above any club or league limiting him. He is in a rare position to feel so self entitled like that.

    I hope he comes undone at Real though. Not because a dislike Mourinho, but because I don't wanna see Real Madrid winning everything, I mean that is almost as bad as Manchester United wining (sorry freudian slip...winning) everything!

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  • 237. At 8:33pm on 25 May 2010, OutsideLookingIn wrote:

    Mr Manji

    My compliments. The most interesting and valid contribution to this blog. Are you Patrick Steward in disguise.

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  • 238. At 11:05pm on 25 May 2010, Twirlip wrote:

    He'll be back to England (in my view to replace Sir Alex), to claim the elusive FA Cup that he didn't win with Chelsea, and a probably another CL win.

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    Mourinho did win the FA Cup while at Chelsea.

    As for replacing Fergie ... who knows? It will probably come down to what job is available at what time. I can see him going to Man City before United. A second stint at Chelsea is another strong possibility.

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  • 239. At 01:18am on 26 May 2010, Lankartur wrote:

    Because Mourinho knows very well that you can't achieve another success without another challenge.

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  • 240. At 2:34pm on 26 May 2010, Gunner Do you All wrote:

    Look its very obvious to anyone who follows football what is going to happen- Big M is going to join Real- Next season is going to be one hell of a battle between Real and in my opinion Barca will pip them to the post but Big M will come back wanting more the following season which will lead to Real winning either the CL or La Liga!! All the while Big M will be keeping an eye on Old Trafford and the minute Big F retires he'll go there and back to his favourite country where lets be honest we all miss him don't we! I just wish he was here now because him and Ian Holloway would of made for some interesting headlining double act!! I also think its nice that through all of this he still sees England as his favourite place of work!! That says something coming from the man who will arguably become the greatest footballing coach ever- even if he did it the ugly way!! See you soon Big M- We miss ya!!

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  • 241. At 11:26pm on 26 May 2010, Francisco Rodrigues wrote:

    José is a self made man! He guides is future like trademarks do!
    He looks for A class eggs. Managing accordingly to his standarts he can shape them to exelence AA Eggs.
    Gauss Curve is always up in is statiscs, thats why is moving to Madrid! After that he must replace Benitez or other manager in England, its a plesure to follow and listnen is relationship with English media.

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  • 242. At 10:48am on 27 May 2010, Ajani wrote:

    I really do not understand what is meant by defensive/boring etc football. Does the Inter-Chelsea match (Italy and England)also fall into this category? What about the 3-1 drubbing of Barca in Italy? Was that match boring or was Inter defensive? Note please that JM as an astute manager employ the appropriate tactics in the face of available resources. In Real all the resources needed to play a balance football will be available then you will see the REAL JM.
    Ajani

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  • 243. At 12:58pm on 27 May 2010, itsonlyagame - R9 The Number of the Beast wrote:

    "Capello won a La Liga title in his second stint but then was on his way at the end of the season, and there were also conflicts with Real president Florentino Perez and his staff over who was in control of playing affairs. I can see this happening all over again."
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    During Capello's 2nd stint at Real Madrid, Perez wasn't the president, Ramon Calderon was. Minor correction only. The rest is true. If I recall rightly, there was some fuss over Capello's benching of Beckham, and I think Capello clashed more than once with Mijatovic, who was then "Director of Football" or some title to that effect.

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  • 244. At 2:00pm on 28 May 2010, Tommy wrote:

    This Mou - Perez relationship will not work, Perez wants things done his way or not at all. Mou will not have it easy as he did with the Inter president Moratti.
    I think Mou will be in for a surprise just like the time at Chelsea where he wanted to call the shots and the Russian told him where to go, otherwise, he would still be a Chelsea.
    It will be very interesting to see, how he is going to fight against a barca that will have Villa in attack and with a returned Iniesta!! remember Iniesta did not play in any of the legs against Inter.
    He definitely has work to do, if he can pull of a liga win then he will go down as the best manager ever.

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  • 245. At 11:23am on 30 May 2010, Francisco Rodrigues wrote:

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  • 246. At 05:49am on 31 May 2010, higham liverpool wrote:

    Real madrid would be a nightmare for eney manager the thing you dont get in spain is time to build a team the expectations of the board and the fans are so high that ive you dont clean up in your first season then you get sacked.Ok they never won the leage but look who s ahead Barca. I think jose is the best manager out there but will he stop barca?no.There last manager was in a no win situation did nt have a say what players to bring in and i dont think that would work with jose. To many ego s at madrid. Inter should go for steve mclarean hahahaha

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  • 248. At 12:51pm on 04 Feb 2011, Akhil wrote:

    Nice article, thanks for sharing this information. Good to know that this topic is being covered also in this web site.
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  • 256. At 10:34pm on 05 Mar 2011, fullbet wrote:

    Mourinho is the Best..
    Im sure that all people especially that live in here already do something, but the condition ned a lot of thing and people that involved in this. They need us to help them...Look here all sports:
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  • 257. At 10:42pm on 05 Mar 2011, fullbet wrote:

    Mourinho is the best coach in the world..MADRID, Feb. 22 Real Madrid president Florentino Perez this Tuesday spoke highly of club coach Jose Mourinho, saying he is the best in the world. Thanks BBC for the post.
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  • 259. At 4:34pm on 08 Mar 2011, stoneyg wrote:

    It was sneaky of Mourinho to leave the first time. The second time he isn't hiding it too well. I agree with the author that it would be really impressive to win two consecutive Champion Leagues with the same club.

    However Mourinho is obviously a powerhouse with a thirst for new blood. His statement about how when he wins it does not stop here is powerful and inspiring.

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  • 260. At 08:27am on 10 Mar 2011, Nova wrote:

    I think to move, It is best decision for him. He is tired of everything, may be he is bored of everything and this is best opportunity for him to try some thing new. It will be like new life for him and he is going to enjoy everything at all. Personally, I also like his personality and i think it will be best for him.
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  • 261. At 08:30am on 18 Mar 2011, amt2011 wrote:

    Jose managed to turn Inter into a global force. With the draw coming up later today, no-one wants to take them on, or Jose at Real. Should be AMAZING!

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  • 262. At 09:54am on 22 Mar 2011, naina321 wrote:

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  • 275. At 10:58am on 02 May 2011, uebersetzer1 wrote:

    Last game, between Real Madrid and Barcelona, was showing something about Mourinho. But no matter what, Real is still the best and Mourinho a great coach. We will see what will be decision on UEFA.
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  • 281. At 8:36pm on 09 May 2011, KenThomson wrote:

    Funnily enough i was reading this today "Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho has not made a single good decision against Barcelona" even my mate john (who is a die hard real madrid fan) agreed, it was a pitiful match! Graham @ payday uk

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  • 286. At 5:46pm on 14 May 2011, David J wrote:

    No doubt this guy is the best manager in the world.
    What he achieve with Porto in winning both european trophys,
    then winning the treble with a Inter Milan team that were past their best,going unbeaten at home for 9 years was phenominal.Then winning the copa del rey against what many believe is the best club football team ever.
    This guy is an absolute genius,i just cant wait until Ream Madrid vs Barca in the chamions league.
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  • 287. At 5:50pm on 14 May 2011, David J wrote:

    I love Jose, he such a passionate Manager, he has such a great love for his players and that`s what makes them so good, like his players constantly player he respects them on a personal level and not as Employer and Employee, something that many managers fail to cover
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  • 288. At 5:56pm on 14 May 2011, David J wrote:

    One of the greatest characters to be involved in football. An absolute joy to watch and guaranteedto make me smile or feel something towards what the man does and has achieved every time I saw him. True LEGEND.

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  • 289. At 9:22pm on 18 May 2011, anokhi wrote:

    there are many people, myself included, who are still wondering why Mourinho would even contemplate leaving Inter.flat belly solution

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  • 290. At 10:40am on 20 May 2011, anokhi wrote:

    defensive tactics despite him winning la liga, why then do madrid want to a revert to a manager who's style of play is even more defensive? File search engine

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  • 291. At 06:04am on 21 May 2011, hushcatasdf wrote:

    Mourinho is the best coach in the world..MADRID, Feb. 22 Real Madrid president Florentino Perez this Tuesday spoke highly of club coach Jose Mourinho,free samples by mail

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