The one news that majority of Manchester United fans gave been praying for since it became clear that Jose Mourinho could not solve the problems at the club. Jose had burned a lot of bridges and it was not surprising when it was announced that he has been sacked by the club following a dismal campaign to date. The loss to Liverpool at Anfield saw United fall 19 points behind The Reds and left his position as manager of the club untenable. Yet again, the third season syndrome had struck again, just as bookmakers such as Tropicana sportsbook predicted when Mourinho took over the reins at Old Trafford.
The Chelsea hero has a history of unraveling in his third campaign at the clubs he has managed, and now he has to look inward. Jose is a charismatic and brilliant manager, but it is attributes of siege mentality and a feeling of arrogance that has bedeviled him all his career. Still only 56, it seems that he is 70 and it will be interesting to see where he goes from here. Just like in his second stint at Chelsea and at Real Madrid, the Portuguese has been sacked because of dressing room issues.
Mourinho is a man that demands exceptionally high standards and players that take too long to live up to these standards are denigrated publicly. Paul Pogba, the Frenchman who the club shelled out £89m on in the summer of 2016 has been nowhere the levels expected of him while a number of other top-quality players have simply failed to turn up, disappointing themselves, the fans and club alike. United have announced that a caretaker manager will take charge till the end of the season with a full-time manager expected to be announced next summer.
Where does this sacking leave Jose Mourinho? The Special One is still revered as one of the game’s brilliant minds but he needs to use this period out to reinvent him and work on his man-management. Reinventing himself simply means that from a tactical standpoint, he has to find a new way of playing that encompasses winning trophies and playing football the beautiful way. Most clubs will be wary of appointing him given his style of play as it is only result-oriented. Fans, sponsors and even neutrals expect big clubs to match style with substance and it seems Mourinho needs to work on this.
Jose Mourinho fell out with top players at Madrid, Chelsea and now Manchester United, which points to the fact that he is the problem. He should be less quick to publicly denigrate his players when things go wrong, and instead look for ways to get a reaction from them in another form. While he won’t be out of work for a long time given his CV, Mourinho needs a sabbatical to really learn from this Manchester United experience. The baggage he comes with means many top clubs will be wary of appointing him as he has shown that he comes with demerits when clubs appoint him.
Mourinho must search inwards this time. He has no one to blame but himself.