How the mighty have fallen. When you think of great people being toppled you always remember Goliath. People had the perception that he was invincible until he met his match in the most unexpected way. This is similar to what's happening to Mourinho, though his undoing is attributed to many different factors rather than a specific person. Mourinho's achievements are quite staggering. He was the first ever manager to win every domestic title in four European leagues, and is part of an elite group of coaches who have won the Champions League with two different teams. It is therefore no surprise that he's quite conceited. In fact, his ego is so large it's a separate entity.
It has however taken a hit recently. Chelsea have lost more than half of their matches so far and some of their best players are shadows of themselves. Their enviable home record is fading away and this has culminated in them being 15th in the league, only a few points above the relegation zone. Those who had tipped Chelsea to claim the Premier League title again this season have now changed their tune as this doesn’t seem possible. Mourinho on the other hand has received heavy fines on top of stadium bans and could also be facing a lawsuit from Chelsea's former team doctor. With an owner who sacks managers like it's a recreational habit, it’s really no surprise how things have turned out for him. Truly, when it rains it pours. Thing have been so bad that the only special thing the self proclaimed "special one" has done this season is set a new club record for worst ever start to the league. Here are the 12 reasons Jose Mourinho needs a new moniker.
13 12. His Methods Are Being Questioned
12 11. Penalties became a lifeline
11 10. First Managerial 'vote of confidence'
The loss to Southampton subsequently led to him being subjected to the first managerial vote of confidence in Roman Abramovich's ownership. This definitely isn't a situation he'd have liked being the first to experience, as Abramovich has been known to sack managers even when they have performed well let alone poorly.
10 9. Gag order
Mourinho has never shied away from speaking his mind. Whether it's about his fellow managers, other teams in the league or decisions made by match officials, his statements generate a lot of controversy. What's been constant is that he usually stands by them despite criticisms. However, his mouth's been shut after it got him two separate stadium bans one of which he already served. These were due to implying match officials were biased and an altercation with a referee at half- time.
9 8. No Longer Defiant
8 7. Reduced to Making Indirect Pleas to Keep His Job
7 6. No Longer the Media Darling
6 5. Questionable Behaviour
5 4. Failed Tactics
4 3. No Top Four
2 2. Lost the Dressing Room
1 1. Sacked Twice By the Same Club
He first left Chelsea in 2007 after three seasons and amid rumours of poor relations with owner Roman Abramovich. Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to league leaders Leicester City ensured he didn’t make it to three this time round for he was dismissed days later. The fact that a manager of his calibre was given the sack for the second time shows that even the best can never consider themselves safe when it comes to Chelsea. Regardless of all these unfortunate circumstances, he still is one of the top managers and he might be back in the dugout sooner than we can imagine.
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