Matt’s Monologue: Sacking Season

It would appear that the managerial merry-go-round is now in full swing.

I know it happened a couple of weeks ago, but Jose Mourinho’s been given the boot by Chelsea and, at the time of writing, it looks like that could be the catalyst for a number of moves around Europe.

Louis van Gaal’s also under huge pressure at Manchester United, and Pep Guardiola’s on the market too.

So it will be interesting to see how the world’s top clubs react to some big name managers being available.

Personally, I hope it is not too long before Mourinho is back in the Premier League. I think the English game without him is a more boring place.

I know he is not everybody’s cup of tea, but you only have to look at how Stamford Bridge reacted in the game after his sacking to see how highly revered he is (although the fact he is Chelsea’s most successful manager of all time probably has something to do with that too!).

But as a boss, Mourinho builds up a “them and us” kind of mentality that I think a lot of fans find it easy to relate to. That is often the way it is on the terraces after all. There is your team, the one you will go to great lengths to support, and the enemy.

That’s the approach he adopted with Chelsea. Of course, it can go the other way if things are not going quite as well as hoped, and things did seem to sour very quickly towards the end of his reign.

There was plenty of talk of unrest from within the dressing room, in terms of some players allegedly preferring to lose than win for the manager.

However, the man is clearly a talent. He has done it not only once at Stamford Bridge, but over two spells. The only real shame is that he did not kick on from there and build a real dynasty in West London.

On top of that, from a media point of view he is absolute box office. In a sense, he is the manager who just keeps on giving.

Mourinho knows exactly how to make headlines. He will say things that take the pressure away from his players (much like Sir Alex Ferguson used to do), sometimes starting fights with other managers just to make their life slightly easier.

Behind closer doors, it might have been a completely different story. Perhaps that why there are so many stories of fall outs in the dressing room.

But up until the very last, that defeat to Leicester in mid-December, he maintained his support for his players. A defeat was always down to poor refereeing or boring tactics from the opposition.

That kind of support from a manager in the media can be vital. It gives players a lift. They know he is not going to throw them under a bus.

So perhaps then it is no surprise that when push came to shove, and Mourinho finally buckled and said his players had let him down after that defeat at the King Power Stadium, he lost his job not too long afterwards. It is, after all, easier to sack an under performing manager than an entire team.

But hopefully he will be back soon. Maybe at Old Trafford?

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