The Special One, Jose Mourinho, is back in football.
The former Chelsea manager is now the head coach at Tottenham Hotspur, his third club in the Premier League. A legend at Chelsea’s whose legacy is debatable after two stints at Stamford Bridge, and a troubled spell at Manchester United have given British football some iconic moments.
Mourinho is a journalist’s dream, always providing box office moments in his press conferences and interviews. Arriving as the European Champion in 2004 at Chelsea, following an unlikely Champions League triumph with Portugal, he was pure gold from the star.
‘I’m a Special One.’
His English was already near-perfect when he arrived in West London, even if he wouldn’t admit it. Having an amazing way with words, Mourinho comes across more like a politician than a football manager at times. Using that reference point, this was pure propaganda and he built his own cult of personality in his very first press conference as Chelsea manager.
Mourinho listed off the clubs that FC Porto beat in the season’s previous Champions League campaign before concluding that he is not your average manager. He is ‘a Special One.’
The term became his moniker in England and, through winning the Premier League in his debut season at Chelsea, the treble with Inter Milan and so on and so forth, Mourinho really did prove to everyone that he is special. With more grey hair and more medals than ever before, he is back in management – and British football fans are on the edge of their seats.