We don’t yet know the ins-and-outs of Jose Mourinho’s departure from Chelsea by “mutual consent”, and we probably won’t until his memoirs of the period hit the streets in a couple of years. But we do know the Chelsea brass have been increasingly bold in their demands for champagne football to match the money spent on the time, and that Abramovich probably has a voodoo doll wearing a very sharp suit with a lot of pins stuck in it.
We also know not even 25,000 fans turned up at Stamford Bridge for Chelsea’s Champions League game this week, the tournament that Jose famously never won with that team: was that a reflection on the saturation of Champions League games that have drawn the luster from a tournament that once made the heart stop with those rare clashes of European greats? Did it reflect inflated ticket prices, or even Chelsea’s bland style of play?
What we do also know is that the Premiership will be a duller place without Jose, unless of course he lands somewhere else there soon. I don’t believe he was anywhere near as entertaining as Brian Clough — and his teams were even further from being as entertaining as Cloughie’s — but he did bring a certain swagger and style to the touchline that we hadn’t seen for some time.
What are your thoughts as a football fan on Mourinho’s legacy in the Premiership? Did his failure to bring the style to match the substance set back the entertainment value of the league? Did you enjoy his arrogant proclamations, or despise his media-whoring nature? What do we want out of a football manager?