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Old 23-09-07, 05:27 PM   #1
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Shed no tears for smug Mourinho

Good article by Peter Collins in the Observer- A reminder to all the Mourinho lovers
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Slack of jaw and dull of wit, the fans paraded their protests at the gates of Stamford Bridge.

Their numbers were small but their capers caught the eye of the television cameras, as they intended. One man, louder and dafter than the rest, described Jose Mourinho as The Messiah. Depressingly, nobody laughed.

Mourinho himself would have been delighted by their adulation, thrilled by the furore his departure had provoked. The Prime Minister, no less, declared him 'one of the great characters of the game'.

Hitherto sane pundits informed us that a shining light had disappeared from the sport. Air-headed matrons scribbled acres of lurid tosh about the tragic loss of football's sexiest man. And as a sombre nation plunged into a period of mourning, my own thoughts turned to the men and women of the South Central Ambulance Service. If a single incident could capture the essential Mourinho, then it was surely the way he behaved towards those dedicated public servants at the Madejski Stadium last October.

You may recall the details: Chelsea's goalkeeper Petr Cech suffered a severe head injury following a collision with a Reading player. The paramedics treated him briskly and skilfully, but Mourinho later announced that Cech was: 'Thirty minutes in the dressing room, waiting for an ambulance . . . if my goalkeeper dies in that dressing room, it is something English football has to think about.'

In fact, the ambulance had arrived within seven minutes and Cech was in hospital just 19 minutes later. In seeking to make a cheap and vengeful point against a football club, a man earning a total of around £10 million per year was willing to smear scrupulously efficient public service workers who were earning a basic salary of £19,166.

Now, some might think that despicable, others would be less indulgent.

But at a time when history is being rewritten, when we are being encouraged to lament the passing of a red-blooded character who lightened our lives with his chirpy chatter and gave not a fig for stale convention, we do well to remember the way he defamed those ambulance workers.

But then,Mourinho was well practised in casual defamation.You will remember April 2005,when he traduced a respected referee named Anders Frisk by effectively accusing him of accepting a bribe from the Barcelona coach, Frank Rijkaard, during a Champions League tie with Chelsea. It was wicked nonsense, of course. And later, much later,Mourinho conceded his error. But Frisk received death threats which forced him into premature retirement, while Mourinho was given a brief touchline ban and a wrist-slapping fine.

Nor should we forget his vile and calculated slander of Arsene Wenger,which provided the moronic mobs with abusive ammunition: 'I think he is one of these — how do you call it in English? — voyeurs. He is someone who likes to watch other people.' He later added:'We have a file of quotes from Mr Wenger about Chelsea that is 120 pages.' So, not just foul-mouthed,but paranoid as well. The man simply reeked of class.

And his arrogance was unchecked.Just a few months ago,he accused Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo of showing him insufficient respect. This, he attributed to Ronaldo's 'difficult childhood', with 'no education'.

Mourinho is from a privileged background while his young fellow countryman was raised in harrowing poverty, but no compassion was shown. Sir Alex Ferguson's retort was withering: 'There are people from very poor backgrounds who have principles, whereas there are others who are educated but have no principles at all.

And that,without question, question, is the case here.' If all this suggests that I have little affection for Mourinho, then that impression is correct.

Of course, he has considerable ability; anybody who can win the Champions League with Porto is undeniably gifted.

Equally, anybody who cannot win the same prize after spending £186m of his Chelsea employer's improbable fortune may have questions to answer.

Sadly, accountability is not Mourinho's strongest suit.Self-promotion is his forte. I recall the day that Chelsea won their second Premiership title in April 2006.

While the players were celebrating, Mourinho sought to steal the limelight with a series of stage-school pouts. He threw his winner's medal into the crowd.

'I have one from last season,' he explained. 'I cannot keep everything I have. The man who caught it will go home with a fantastic memory — or he will go to ebay and make a fortune.'

Within three crass sentences,he reduced a resounding triumph to a squalid boast.

Now, there are several reasons why Chelsea are so widely disliked, from the clumpingly inept machinations of their chief executive, Peter Kenyon, to the mirthless posturing of Roman Abramovich. (Incidentally, did you ever see anything so assiduously rehearsed as his recent walk-out at Aston Villa?)

And did you ever see anything quite so hilariously absurd as the press conference at which Kenyon revealed all the presentational skills of David Brent? When he pledged undying loyalty to Avram Grant, although declining to award him a contract, one half expected Guus Hiddink to come blundering through a nearby curtain inquiring: 'When do I start?'

But I suspect the principal reason for their deep unpopularity can be traced to the man who was once their manager.

For all the money at his disposal, Mourinho failed to produce beautiful or thrilling or even routinely watchable football teams. Instead, he turned out sides which were difficult to beat. It wasn't nearly enough.

Sure, we must give him credit for his virtues. He constructed effective strategies and persuaded impressionable players to play for him.He greatly improved footballers like Joe Cole and John Terry, and he brought out the badge-kissing best in Frank Lampard.

YET he wanted to be recognised for something more than football. He saw himself as an original thinker, a man of ideas. And as the tributes gush,much is made of his latest intellectual spasm; the embarrassingly convoluted allegory involving supermarkets and superior omelettes. I am reminded of Gordon Strachan's response to Eric Cantona's iconic outburst all those years ago: 'If a Frenchman goes on about seagulls,trawlers and sardines, he's called a philosopher. I'd just be called a wee Scottish bum talking crap.'

Cantona justly deserved the rebuke.

But while we are on the subject of just deserts,we must not overlook the men and women of the South Central Ambulance Service, who continue to wait for an apology from the Special One.

As he rides off into the sunset, smiling his smugness and waving his wad,I suspect they are far from his thoughts. But they know the real worth of Jose Mourinho. He's not The Messiah. He's a rather unpleasant little man.
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Old 23-09-07, 05:31 PM   #2
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It's written by Patrick Collins in the Mail on Sunday, it is a really good read, he can't stand Maureen
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Old 23-09-07, 05:35 PM   #3
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Oh, my mistake not the Observer after all. Seen it online. I hate the Mail on Sunday/Daily Mail
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Old 23-09-07, 07:22 PM   #4
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Old 23-09-07, 07:27 PM   #5
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Yep, good riddance to the ****.
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Old 23-09-07, 07:29 PM   #6
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fair comment, think he speaks a lot of sense, it's been amazing how the fall out from Maureen quitting is still going on.
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Old 23-09-07, 07:58 PM   #7
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Great article!
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Old 24-09-07, 12:20 AM   #8
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i agree, its making me sick all this shitty praise hes getting. im glad he got fucked over, now i hope he gets run over
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Old 24-09-07, 12:51 AM   #9
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I say make this thread a sticky
It's 100% bang on the money.
Great read.
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Old 24-09-07, 03:50 AM   #10
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Old 24-09-07, 04:45 AM   #11
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Old 24-09-07, 10:11 AM   #12
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makes some good points about the odious little shit.
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Old 24-09-07, 10:16 AM   #13
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Excellent article.
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Old 24-09-07, 10:37 AM   #14
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25 miilion pounds compo says i wont cry over him
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Old 24-09-07, 11:38 AM   #15
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Good read that.

100% agree.
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Old 24-09-07, 01:11 PM   #16
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[fredo]I love Mourinho, as a manager and as a man.[/tosser]
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Suppose you have a physicist and a sociologist standing at the side of a field, observing a set of events unfolding on the field. The physicist does [describes] it using the terminology of mass and velocity and frequency of radiation and the rest. And the sociologist does it by describing it as a rugby match.



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Old 24-09-07, 01:15 PM   #17
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[fredo]I love Mourinho, as a manager and as a man.[/tosser]
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Old 24-09-07, 01:38 PM   #18
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Don't forget though, I like fredo.
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Old 24-09-07, 01:41 PM   #19
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yes but his commments regarding mourinho are nothing short of homosexual
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Old 24-09-07, 01:42 PM   #20
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[fredo]I love Mourinho, as a manager and as a man.[/tosser]
[Fredo]Don't look at me

Every day is so wonderful
And suddenly, it's hard to breathe
Now and then, I get insecure
From all the fame, I'm so ashamed

I am beautiful no matter what they say
Words can't bring me down
I am beautiful in every single way
Yes, words can't bring me down
So don't you bring me down today

To all your friends, you're delirious
So consumed in all your doom
Trying hard to fill the emptiness
The piece is gone and the puzzle undone
That's the way it is

You are beautiful no matter what they say
Words won't bring you down
You are beautiful in every single way
Yes, words won't bring you down
Don't you bring me down today...

No matter what we do
(no matter what we do)
No matter what they say
(no matter what they say)
We're the song inside the tune
Full of beautiful mistakes

And everywhere we go
(everywhere we go)
The sun will always shine
(sun will always shine)
And tomorrow we might wake on the other side
All the other times

We are beautiful no matter what they say
Yes, words won't bring us down
We are beautiful no matter what they say
Yes, words can't bring us down
Don't you bring me down today

Don't you bring me down today
Don't you bring me down today [Fredo]
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yes but his commments regarding mourinho are nothing short of homosexual


That's perfectly OK though. We're broadminded, aren't we?
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Old 24-09-07, 02:55 PM   #22
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Old 25-09-07, 04:41 PM   #23
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Anyone got a link to this?
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Old 25-09-07, 05:17 PM   #24
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Don't forget though, I like fredo.
as a manager or as a man?
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The guy is around for 3 years, paid almost £6m a year, gets a multi-multi million pound pay-off, and we must all mourn for the way he has been "treated", it's almost as pathetic as Mourinho complaining about lack of financial support in the transfer market.
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Old 25-09-07, 05:35 PM   #26
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as a manager or as a man?


He says he's a manager so it'll have to be that. The alternative is even less credible.
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Old 25-09-07, 10:33 PM   #27
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The guy is around for 3 years, paid almost 6m a year, gets a multi-multi million pound pay-off, and we must all mourn for the way he has been "treated", it's almost as pathetic as Mourinho complaining about lack of financial support in the transfer market.
not sure if anyone is asking you to mourn the way he's been treates - just aknowledge that although a bit of a dickhead he did a very good job
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Old 26-09-07, 06:40 PM   #28
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what a super article. and there's loads more he could have trashed mourinho for. serious schardenfreude going on at the moment and it feels fine.
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