Friday 14th February 2014, the then Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho sparked off what had always been a spat against his Premier League rival, Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger. The Portuguese referred to the Frenchman as a specialist in failure or so he insinuated, though all was in a response to the latter’s earlier attack against his counterpart. This was in Mourinho’s second stint as Chelsea manager.
It is also on record that nine years earlier, in October 2005, Jose Mourinho had launched a stinging attack on Arsène Wenger, calling the Arsenal manager “a voyeur” and mocking his Premiership rival’s then poor start to the season by saying the Frenchman should speak less about Chelsea and concentrate on improving his own team’s results.
This again was in response to Wenger’s sentiments when he questioned about Chelsea’s draw at Everton and Carling Cup defeat at home to Charlton.
My intention isn’t to create a one sided argument, favouring the more than the two decade North Londoners’ boss. In fact he (Mourinho) might have had much justification to forge his argument, though as unfair as it might have seemed at the time.
Fast forward to 2016 and Mourinho is no longer at Chelsea after being sacked over poor results, after the club had won its 10th English Premier League crown.
The 53-year-old was shown the door seven months after his title in his second tenure which started in June 2013.
Chelsea had finished eight points clear the previous season and had won the League Cup, but before the sack had lost nine of their 16 league games so far and were in an unfamiliar 16th position in the table, one point above the relegation places.
In the other city of Manchester, Manchester United having a record 20 league titles on their name were struggling in the hands of Dutch Louis van Gaal, who had taken over from the David Moyes era.
The club in a bid to improve on their results, after serious deliberation landed on the far travelled tactician as the best to steer them back to glory and the UEFA champions League which had proved elusive in the after Sir Alex Ferguson period.