Friday, April 30, 2010
Lack of Class on Mourinho's Part
Matt Hughes also references that despite Inter Milan's tremendous victory of advancing past Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League, that Jose Mourinho's behavior following the match magnified both the 'yin' and the 'yang' of 'The Special One'.
By guiding Inter Milan to their first European Cup final for 38 years Jose Mourinho can certainly claim to have enjoyed a successful season, yet paradoxically he may not have enhanced his reputation. The Portuguese boasted on Wednesday night that people would still be discussing Inter’s elimination of Barcelona in 40 years, but what will linger longest in the mind of this observer is Mourinho’s outrageously provocative and puerile posturing at the Nou Camp.
Although thoroughly entertaining as pantomimes often are, this is the side of Mourinho that is not missed. As he demonstrated once again by his ridiculous victory charge, the former Chelsea manager simply cannot avoid stirring up trouble and rubbing other people’s nose in it, an unpleasant side of his character that may cost him in the long-run.
Even during what threatens to be Inter’s most successful season of the modern era Mourinho has fallen out with almost everyone at the club, from president Massimo Moratti downwards to several players and fans. His inability to forge long-term relationships is reminiscent of his time at Stamford Bridge, and will have been noted by clubs elsewhere who otherwise may have wished to recruit him.
Many of them, particularly Manchester United, may conclude that they can do without the hassle and look elsewhere, towards Pep Guirdola for example. As he showed on Wednesday the Barcelona coach is a class act in victory or, very occasionally, defeat.
Posted by Mike Jacobs at 5:51 AM