Jose Mourinho has often been viewed as a manager for short-term success; after all, he has not lasted for more than three years in any managerial job. However, he has been making claims that he wants to stay at Chelsea for the rest of his career.
The Portuguese has always been a controversial figure within the game. He now explains that such controversies cannot be done away with if the manager needs immediate success, but he can be more relaxed and develop relationships if he is to stay for a longer period. Speaking to the club’s official site, he said:
“I don’t know if my reputation is unfair or not. I reflect a lot about my style of leadership when I am at a certain club, at a certain project.
“One thing is to lead a team where I want to try to get the best results immediately. For a couple of years your leadership can be much more confrontational. It’s a completely different way to do it.
“It’s one thing to have a relationship with my players that I know are going to be my players for a couple of years. Another thing is to educate players with a relationship and with an empathy that I’m sure is going to be for five, six, seven, eight years. Completely different.
“I didn’t change, because I knew what I was doing when I did it. What I changed was my style, my way of being a coach and a manager.”
Mourinho was no stranger to incidents (involving either players or managers or even the owners) in the past, but his first six months back at Chelsea have been relatively quiet. In fact, he has even been trying to build this image of a protector of British football with aspects like his campaign against diving.
At the same time, he seems to be building a strong bond with the likes of Ramires and Eden Hazard – two regular first-team players.
Stability has been non-existent during the Roman Abramovich era, as it takes only a couple of bad results to take any manager out of the picture. Perhaps, things might just be different with this softer yet competitive version of Jose.