Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho appears ‘obsessed with staining his legacy’ as one of the world’s greatest football coaches, according to former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon.
If reports are to be believed, Mourinho seems close to losing another high-profile job after a miserable summer for United has been followed by a dreadful start to the Premier League season.
The Red Devils have claimed just three points from a possible nine, losing against Brighton and Tottenham, with the Portuguese boss suffering the worst start to a league campaign in his managerial career.
And there’s a very real sense of déjà vu as, like in his previous sour exits from Real Madrid and Chelsea, the ‘Special One’ seems at odds with his players and the club hierarchy, and has again lashed out at the press.
High-profile spats with Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial aside, he has been accused of destroying his players’ confidence with his comments about needing new players this summer, together with his evident frustration that the club failed to land his targets.
That’s hardly a vote of confidence for the stars already at his disposal, and their performances in their opening three league games are perhaps an indication of the overall mood at Old Trafford.
And with latest reports claiming Mourinho is now one defeat away from the sack, Calderon says it’s ‘a pity’ how Mourinho’s self-destructive behaviour is now eclipsing shelf after shelf of titles he has collected during his career.
“Undeniably his track record speaks for itself, it’s the one of a winner and a very successful coach – and because of that he could have had the football world at his feet, in my opinion,” the former Real Madrid told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Wednesday.
“But it appears he’s obsessed with staining it with so many controversies and problems.
“And then he blames the world for everything when he loses.
“It’s a pity.
“His track record is very, very difficult to get and it’s something he is now staining continuously.
“I remember the great Alfredo Di Stefano [the Real Madrid legend, former player and coach], he used to tell me that a great coach could never complain about referees, injuries, bad luck or any other circumstance – that was reserves for the mediocres.
“That was very self-explanatory about what a great coach must do.
“It’s clear that Mourinho is having many problems, even I’m sure among his followers. Maybe they don’t understand what he’s doing or what he’s saying.
“And on top of that – the results.
“When you win, everything can be acceptable. But when you’re losing, and when you’re coaching a team so great as United, then fans can be disappointed and at the start of the season with only three points out of nine – that can be a problem.
“I don’t know what the owners think about that, but of course they must be worried.”
Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has been strongly linked as a possible replacement for Mourinho, should the Portuguese boss leave this season.
Fresh from winning a third straight Champions League title, the France legend is said to be seeking a new challenge, and wants to take his career to the Premier League for the first time.
Asked if the World Cup winner has what it takes to take the reins at United, Calderon added: “Zidane? No other coach has won three Champions League’s in a row…
“I don’t know, they are different leagues, different competitions, different style of playing football, the Premier league is completely different to any other league and very different to the Spanish LaLiga.”
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