He has been successful at every single club he has worked, but at the same time, he has never spent more than three seasons in a row with any given team, which has led some to call him a ‘short-term’ manager.
Jose Mourinho talked to The Times, and he commented on this as well, among other things.
If people say that because I move from club to club, they’re right, but I don’t think I am [a short-term manager]. I prepare clubs for success. I think I prepare clubs in a way where, when I leave, the new manager arrives at a top club. And that is not short-term even if you leave
the Manchester United manager said, with Chelsea’s recent example backing his words – up to a point – since the Blues won the Premier League the season after he left, with a squad almost identical to that in his own last year there.
If you’re in a club one or two years – or any job – if you leave a structure to be even more successful without you than with you, that’s not short-term. That’s long-term
the Portuguese also said, before… photographing Arsene Wenger as someone he is exactly the opposite of.
You can be there 10 or 20 years and when you leave the club, it’s ready for failure
were Mourinho’s words, not pronouncing the Arsenal manager’s name, but leaving no doubt whom he had in mind.