No way Jose and Dons on move
Look I will admit that I found Jose fascinating . Now and again an upstart walks into a sport and hits the top , which shows everyone up , and its even worse when that person mentions that fact a lot . Conor Mac Gregor is the latest one to do this , Ali did it back in the day as did Tyson , But roughly 15 years ago Jose was that upstart , shaking up the game and redefining what was achievable.
Seville brought Joses name to my attention , and my ire at times , but I begrudgingly watched as he rose through the ranks very rapidly to become probably the best manager there was at one stage . His attention to detail was legendary and he had forged an unbreakable bond with his players , that peaked with Inter in my humble opinion .
Madrid killed that Jose , it was instant success that was not only needed but demanded from that point onwards . He ultimately failed at Real , la decima was not attained , his first big failure and it turned him grey up top and cynical inside .
The second spell at Chelski delivered a league title , and the sack the next season ,,, a Ranieri if you will . Some of the players were appalled at his style with one remarking I would rather lose than win for him .
Some journos have opined he attempted to rule through fear , something that is seen as old school now and Clough was a great pioneer of that method , and at that time fair play it worked for him. But the mollycoddled superstars at Stamford bridge were not going for that one bit , and as we all know when the manager loses the dressing room it costs him his job .
And then on to the job he cried upon missing out on first time round , Man United.
I have admitted before that I am appalled how the Pool slipped from top dogs to mid table via a series of very very poor decisions while others where going forwards pushing them further behind . Having watched the work Fergie put in over a quarter of a century or so , I was watching a live re-enactment of that with United . Their decisions were appalling , no method to their madness , and I was thinking they are gonna do a Liverpool here right in front of us all !
However in placing Jose in charge I believed they had taken a step in the right path .
I was wrong , even though it seemed the right path for the first campaign ,,, silverware , what seemed like a plan on the pitch , and back in the Champions league .
It all unravelled as you well know Im sure and Ole Gunnar Solskaer will be taking the reigns for the rest of the campaign .
Theres many lessons that could be learned here but it seems to me Uniteds board have actually pulled a bit of a clever move here .
It dawned on me that try before you buy is not only exclusively for players , United have basically pulled a try before you buy with a manager ,, Ole Ole !
Thats quite a shrewd piece of work from where Im sitting , and chapeau for once to the Chairman ( who I seen saying to Bobby Charlton during Joses last game “ and now its a long ball ! “ in apparent frustration at a lack of an onfield plan by his clubs 11 )
And as we will all know an explayer gets that little bit more leniency from the fans when theres a wobble .
Then onto Jose himself . Just how did he go from the Special One to also ran in 15 years ?
Is the game moving that fast that hes not even in the top bracket anymore ?
The current trend is the arm around the shoulder , all in this together type ,,, ruling through fear is just not gonna cut it at the top end.
So it seems he needs a non pressure job to allow him to return to attention to detail and tactics coaching ,,, if we are gonna see the special one Jose again that is.
Thus I cant see him winning a big5 league again , I just cant . Perhaps his native Portugal might offer him the best hope of recharging , organising a team over time , and getting them to punch above their weight in Europe with his help and coaching .
Thus I could see him winning a continental cup again ,,, and I honestly do hope we see a new Jose that has found his place in the game .
Over to the Sphell and the Dons taking Killies place in the top three was the big news after Brendan and Stevie Gee’s side both won ,, one side very convincingly with youth prospects in particular standing out and the other just about . Then Stevie announces he wants 2 wins ,,, I believe he has made a mistake here putting that pressure on them and time will tell .
Lenny might well take something at Ibrox , more than the usual sectarian and racial abuse that is.
I wonder if Brendan was rubbing his hands reading that . Bring on the next two games ,, Im confident thats for sure . No doubt the team will be also.
Take Care everyone and Happy Christmas from Central California . Mahe