Jose Mourinho has pulled the pin from the hand grenade with latest ‘same coach, different players’ dig at his Tottenham stars… From Chelsea to Manchester United, the iconic boss has a history of turning on his team in tough times and it doesn’t end well
- Jose Mourinho dug out his Tottenham players again after 2-2 draw vs Newcastle
- The Premier League boss has a history of digging out his players after defeats
- However, Mourinho was not one to call out his players earlier in his career
- The tactician has never stayed in a job much longer after he calls out his stars
Tottenham’s draw with Newcastle on Sunday has brought out the uglier side of Jose Mourinho, once again.
When asked why his side have suffered so much from winning positions this season in their chase for a top four finish in the Premier League, Mourinho simply replied: ‘Same coach, different players’.
Tottenham have dropped 13 points from winning positions in the last 15 minutes of matches this campaign. That statistic is damning for Spurs and Mourinho’s reputation as a successful topflight manager.
Tottenham’s draw with Newcastle on Sunday has brought out the uglier side of Jose Mourinho
Tottenham have dropped 13 points from winning positions in the last 15 minutes of matches
There have been murmurs of unrest behind the scenes at the North London club and Jose’s comment will not go down well with Harry Kane and co.
He added to Sky Sports: ‘The point for me in this moment is to set up a team that can win but in the end a little bit of deja vu. I believe that many of these white hairs come with things I am not used to seeing in football matches in this level.’
Mourinho’s sour and bitterness towards his players has not always been there.
Arriving at Stamford Bridge back in 2004, Mourinho took English football by storm with back-to-back Premier League triumphs and labelled himself as ‘the special one’.
His football was fast-paced, his sideline demeanour and media presence was entertaining and people quickly stood up and took notice him.
Mourinho left Chelsea in 2007 to take over at Inter Milan and later moved on to Real Madrid; enjoying successful stints at both clubs and cementing his position as a world-class tactician.
While on his illustrious tour through Europe’s elite, Mourinho showcased an admirable ability to take the blame for a poor performance or result – removing responsibility and pressure away from his players and keeping more eyes on him.
Arriving at Stamford Bridge back in 2004, Mourinho took English football by storm
You either loved him or you hated him, but no-one could deny his star quality at the helm of a great team.
This continued during his second-coming at Chelsea, as he led the club to another Premier league title and League Cup in his first season back.
But the tide would begin to turn in the 2015/16 season, and Jose’s effortless charm would begin to show cracks.
Amid a run of poor results and performances, Jose began to but blame on his players as they picked up just 11 points from their opening 12 Premier League matches. An awful start to a title defence.
Mourinho had signed a new four-year deal at the beginning of the campaign, but by December he was out the door with nine defeats in 16 league matches.
His star asset from the season prior, Eden Hazard – who had won the Premier League’s Player of the Year award – began to struggle under Jose’s regime and while he tried to tweak the tactics to allow him to try different positions, nothing worked.
After his departure, the club’s technical director Michael Emenalo told of ‘palpable discord with the players’ ahead of his exit. He told their in-house television channel: ‘There obviously seemed to be a palpable discord between manager and players and we feel it was time to act. The owner is forced to make what was a very tough decision for the good of the club.’
Mourinho created ‘palpable discord with the players’ ahead of his exit from his second stint
Mourinho had created a divide behind closed doors and tainted a wonderful relationship between himself and Chelsea Football Club. And this has not been a one-off. This is a trend he has shown, and continues to show now with Tottenham.
After Chelsea, Manchester United came forward to snap up Mourinho on a three-year deal in their desperate hunt for more silverware.
And the Red Devils chiefs were left pleased with his first year in charge, winning the EFL Cup and Europa League with players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba leading the way for them.
His second season became patchy, and after crashing out of the Champions League to Sevilla in the round of 16, he went on an extraordinary 12-minute rant where he blasted stats at reporters, citing ‘football heritage’ as to why he was still the right man for United and saying how ‘happy’ he was despite the fans booing him.
And he didn’t only create a divide with the fanbase. His relationship with Paul Pogba became frosty. Mourinho stripped Pogba of his vice-captaincy role at the club and shortly after a training video emerged of the two having a tense exchange at Carrington.
He also took a very public dig at left-back Luke Shaw as he claimed the defender played with his ‘own body but my brain’.
Jose Mourinho’s relationship with Paul Pogba became frosty at Manchester United
He also dug out Luke Shaw claiming he needed constant instructions from the sidelines
After a match with Everton, Jose said: ‘He had a good performance, but it was his body with my brain. He was in front of me, and I was making every decision for him.’
The boss would be incredibly animated and constantly shouting instructions to Shaw from the sidelines and recently, Shaw opened up on how tough it was under Mourinho.
‘It was difficult because I wasn’t able to get my word across,’ Shaw told the BBC this season.
‘A lot of people were behind me here, so I knew I had that backing, but I just needed to keep my head down and keep quiet.’
And if you call his second season was patchy, his third season was a calamity.
The first four months of the 2018/19 campaign proved to be his last at Old Trafford and he left in a blaze of controversy and craziness.
Mourinho demanded ‘respect’ from journalists as he ranted: ‘I won more Premier Leagues alone than the other 19 managers [in the league] together.’
‘I am the manager of the one of the greatest clubs in the world but I’m also one of the greatest managers in the world.’
Mourinho had a bust-up with a Chelsea coach after his side conceded a 96th minute equaliser
There was also a tunnel bust-up with a Chelsea coach after his side conceded a 96th minute equaliser from Ross Barkley at Stamford Bridge.
Despite his team only winning seven of their first 19 matches that season, Mourinho completely stole the headlines with moments of anger and madness and always spoke arrogantly about himself with the media. It was clear he has lost the dressing room.
Mourinho was sacked in December 2018 and the mystique he had once possessed had evaporated into thin air.
So really, it is no surprise that now at Tottenham the same pattern is playing out.
Mourinho has really began to showcase his short fuse and has caused clear rifts within the squad.
His relationship with Real Madrid loanee Gareth Bale has left many scratching their heads. What was meant to be a mouth-watering reunion for the Spurs faithful and their former golden child has become a puzzling debate on social media and among pundits.
Mourinho’s relationship with loanee Gareth Bale this season has caused for question marks
Talented midfielder Dele Alli has also received an incredibly cold shoulder from Jose after being vanquished to the fringes of the squad. Harry Winks is another to be brushed aside by the boss.
More recently, he left the Spurs squad and staff baffled with his comments on Toby Alderweireld, insisting that he was not able to play against Newcastle because he didn’t train despite the club releasing footage of him at the training ground three days before the game.
The signs are there. Mourinho is losing his players and the players are losing belief in him.
A once formidable manager, who prided himself on his team’s game management and ability to win trophies at almost any cost is now cutting a very frustrated figure at another topflight club.
His days at Tottenham look to be numbered, but are his days at the top also coming to a depressing end?
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