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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Mourinho is: 'The convention breaker'.

Mourinho has bought things to football that I've rarely seen- if at all- from a manager.

For good reason, I will commence from this moment on to call him: 'the convention breaker'.

Aside from making apparently false accusations about the intergrity of football referees and opposing football managers, and aside from an openness about his confidence that is novel, just think about these other lesser-talked about incidents:

- A verbal slanging-match with an opposing player during a football match: 'the Carragher episode'. I cannot recall a manager so enragingly shouting at a player from the other team during a game (the Carling Cup final). Where was the fourth official? Where was the reprimand after the match by the authorities? He should have been thrown the book- not 'the book', but an important book nonetheless- for bringing the game into disrepute.

- Gestures to deliberately taunt fans during a match: 'the shoosh episode'. I am not from Liverpool and I am not a Liverpool fan. But I've been to Liverpool and I know- without wishing to cast sterotypes- that Liverpool people show hospitality to outsiders that is rarely seen in London. In sum they are great people. So to taunt Liverpool fans was, for me, not just an insult to them, but an insult to all who respect good people.

- Refusing to shake hands with an opposing manager after a match: the Hughes incident. After the match at Ewood Park, Mourinho deliberately blanked Mark Hughes and instead ran like a wildman onto the pitch and promptly asked his players to strip off and distribute their kits to the Chelsea fans. Was I the only one who thought this wierd?

- Running like a wildman onto the pitch: the Mourinho-style celebration. I thought the Old Trafford incident whilst manager at Porto was a one-off thing that would not be repeated because managers just don't do that sort of thing- presumably because it shows a disrespect for the opposing manager and may be seen as bringing lesser dignity to their managerial status. But he has gone on to repeat it at Ewood Park, and then again after Barcelona match. Where will it happen next?

- Shaking hands with opposing players before a match: the Man Utd and Gerrard incidents. Before the semi final second leg of the Carling Cup match with Man Utd, Mourinho made a point of shaking the hands of all the Man Utd players. Was this sportsmanship or something more calculated? He did the same thing before the final- but this time targeted only one player: the captain and much-talked about transfer target, Stevie G. Stevie reciprocated because he is a gentleman- but he looked uneasy as he did it. He then played a bad game- his energy levels looking really muted. Has Mourinho read a psychology article which suggests that it is in his advantage to make a point of shaking hands with unsuspecting opposing players before a match? It wouldn't surprise me if he has. (Note to Arsenal players- stay well away from Mourinho before football matches against his team!)

Mourinho has only been in this country for ten months. However, in that short space of time, he has indulged in tactics that show him to be serial convention breaker. The cumulative effect has been to make initial supporters of his style think again whether he is worthy of their support.

Does he care? A conventional person probably would care about his public persona. On this basis then, Mourinho presumably doesn't care at all.


Blogger SKG said...

Although I thought at one stage that Mourinho was good for the Premiership I must admit I am now having second thoughts. He has rubbed far too many up the wrong way and is likely to be punished by both the FA and UEFA.

3/23/2005 6:34 pm

Blogger Skippy said...

Great article by TS.I think Mourinho will get away with all his bad behaviour this season because at the end of the season people will only care about the trophy cabinet.

However, I belive Mouringo will pay a heavy price for all his wrongs next year. The Media will plot the downfall of Mourinho, they are just waiting for it all to go wrong at Chelsea.

I think Arsenal and United will come out stronger next year, Chelsea will not dominate the premiership and that is when it will all go wrong.

3/23/2005 11:41 pm

Blogger Berry said...

I agree with TS’s observation on Mourinho’s behavior and his effects on mangers and players except one. Steven G is a gentleman, as are like most footballers off the field, but he is certainly not weak. He may have felt awkward shaking Mourinho’s hand at the time but I would very much like to think that did not affect his game. Once he walked onto the pitch and the game has started in the cup final, he would have focused on the game. He just had a bad game.

3/24/2005 12:06 am

Blogger RedsMan said...

Thank you, TS, for detailed records of those moments, and to those commenters above. All of those moments were true as TS stated, and they are shrewd. Bypassing all but Rafael and Stevie G., the captain looking awkward as he shook hands. A psychological effect, there can be little doubt.

However, referring to comments made by Abdul, the man injects some life into the competitiveness in the league. You want to be the best, be one of the best, or even near to the best. Chelsea look to be the best, they are top and Moan-rinho is letting all know about it. As I said before sometime, I would love to see if he has the talent so much to turn a club into a successful one without finance. He could have chosen Liverpool if he wanted such a challenge.

Money talks, makes yes people walk.

Chelsea have off days, perhaps, or Man City and Newcastle matched them well. OK, Newcastle had one-man more, Man City didnt and did well, in both games. That is what the other teams have to do, match them. Do they not have players with Robben's pace, Duff's trickery, Drogba's strength, Lampard's late arrival and shot, Terry's defensive stalwart stance? Four or five players that can make a team, without them would Chelsea survive in a game, league or otherwise?

I despise big-mouths. I despise cockiness. Moan-rinho has the latter, and practically the former too. But he who laughs least, laughs last. Sometimes, if not all the time, one is set for a high to drop that much further. The further you fall, the faster the velocity, the harder you hit from which you may never get up from. Humility is the only lacking trait for Moan-rinho.

Chelsea fans state they would be happy with the title and League Cup this season. This season. Expectations for next already in place. With a squad from £200m, I would expect everything, because they could have had it if they wanted to, but three subs came on simultaneously and an injury setback occured after. They continue in another campaign but their staffs' forwardness or lack of composure has seen that they could possibly be excluded. Extreme, yes, but the possiblity is there for extreme cases. Life is mandatory for murder in UK courts. Making false declarations and potentially inciting others against a match official, particularly a UEFA registered one, inadvertently or otherwise, are offences the likes of Chelsea should clearly be avoiding. Then to add that they are domestically charged with an offence that brings their integrity into the impression that with such success, could be coming a big price of burden. One that Abramovich can pay, or one that can see him, and therefore his club, paying more than they can put back.


3/24/2005 10:10 pm

Blogger T said...

Redsman, I rate your comment highly.

From a non-Chelsea fan perspective I have found this equation:
£200m + no humility = disdain.

3/25/2005 11:26 am


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