When Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea in the summer, he told the world he was now the ‘Happy One’ more than the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’.
It certainly seemed to
be based on truth, hounded away from Madrid, not adored in Milan despite winning
the Scudetto and a Champions League trophy – the Special One returned ‘home’.
But lately, the happy
one is more ‘Mr Grumpy’ and it shows a side of Mourinho which has proven very
unpalatable to many but overlooked by his many fans, including me.
When he arrived in
England, I became a fan instantly – yes he was arrogant and cocky but my god
did English football need someone like that!
Certain aspects such as
his behaviour with Anders Frisk and Frank Rijkaard could be brushed to one side
because he was good value and mostly charming.
But time in Milan and
the frying pan which is life as a Real Madrid manager has made Jose bitter,
angry and yes, a somewhat unpleasant man.
I stress, I am a fan,
but in the last few weeks I think Mourinho has behaved pathetically and drew
the wrong attention to himself and to Chelsea.
I normally back the
British teams in Europe after Arsenal have been eliminated but tonight I could
not wholly back Chelsea.
My opposition to a few
players in the team is probably well-known but generally I did not want
Mourinho to succeed tonight.
The exertion of
pressure on referees, the bitter interviews, the search for malice in otherwise
innocent questions in post-match interviews is frankly boring.
I hope Jose has a
holiday this summer, I hope he shapes the Chelsea team to his way – at the
moment he is dealing with a AVB, Rafa, Carlo Ancellotti hybrid of a team.
But I hope he remembers
why he was so loved first time around and relaxes a little more next season and
shows a little more respect to opposition managers.
Jose, this is not
Madrid, our press pack are great fans of you, your supporters are totally
behind you, let’s see the happy one next season hey?