It just had to happen once again, though it was still not clear how long it would actually take before it would happen! The way the season was going at present, things were just getting out of hand and Jose Mourinho eventually had to be sacked once again from his job as the Chelsea manager. Since that day, the Premier League giants have now already hired Guus Hiddink as the new Blues’ boss until the end of the current campaign and with a win at the weekend under caretaker boss Steve Holland, things might just have started to improve for them.
However, one thing which is quite noticeable would be that there were chants from the home fans at the game at Stamford Bridge against Sunderland, in support of the Portuguese boss, who was dismissed recently from his position.
Though there is no doubt that Mourinho has had a lot of recent success with the west London club in a couple of spells that he spent there, yet he has been sacked from the club on both occasions after owner Roman Abramovich thought it was best for business. Also, Mourinho could not really deliver at former club Real Madrid as well he would have liked and had to leave the Bernabeu after a mutual agreement with the club authorities, as confirmed by club president Florentino Pérez back then.
In comparison to that, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has had all the success in the world at the start of his career at Highbury, but has himself faced a trophy draught for nearly a decade as well. After a few years filled with success, he has seen it all fade away in recent times, with a couple of FA Cup wins to his name and other minor trophies.
Despite that, the French manager is still well respected for the time he has spent rebuilding the team that he loves, since the moved to their new home, the Emirates, after being forced to sell some of his main star players from the squad who were crowned as the Invincibles.
However, the world of football and the fans do not always consider only titles as the determining factor for a manager’s success. Wenger has been a loyal servant of the game and the north London club, promoting his own style of play, which aims at creating the perfect goal, with smooth and quick passing. It has been this persistence which has seen him untouched as the manager at the club for more than 19 years, winning a host of titles.
One thing which is clear is that he has failed to win the Champions League title in his entire tenure with the Gunners, as European glory has evaded him on quite a few occasions in the past.
On the other hand, the former Chelsea boss has always aimed at strengthening the defensive line and played a destructive kind of game, one which may not be entertaining at all, but does produce results. Further, Mourinho might have never won Europe’s top competition with Chelsea, he has had that success with other clubs across the continent. So, is that not a failure to deliver what he was hired for at the club in the first place, where he was when he called Wenger “the specialist in failure.”
Wenger’s tactics have been definitely more attack minded, while the former Real Madrid manager focusses mainly on counter-attacking football, which has frustrated fans and authorities of the clubs where he has been previously.
The fact that Mourinho has once again been fired would mean that he might have to move away from England to prove himself, prior to a possible return, though Manchester United do seem interested in his services.