“The Small One”

"The Small One"
“The Small One”

Unfortunately I got to listen Jose Mourinho in his first official press conference as Manchester United manager and it was full of the same old boring classless jibes nothing new. I have always said it takes a small man to to make others look small so he comes across as an accomplished individual and that’s Mourinho’s default setting .

It was very amusing when asked about his record of bringing through young player,s he went immediately on the defensive with a prepared 49 name list of young players he had promoted who have now become “stars”. I was very surprised at the gathered press who some of its members have been so quick to bully Raheem Sterling and make him a scapegoat for England’s exit at the Euros but too scared to ask Jose for one name on that list.

I think someone needs to define youth development to Jose. Promoting a young player to the bench or handing him a debut then discarding of him after a handful of games is not developing youth it’s called filling in the gap or resting the senior players for more important games. I will be very interested to see how the media dissects that list in the coming days if they get to see it.

Wherever he goes he spares no expense to be successful  and going by the already confirmed signings at Manchester United that is not going to change but these are different times. The Premier league is a different beast now and  with all the money going into it the gulf between the established order has narrowed , outspending your opponent is not a guarantee of success.

Having to eat humble pie in his bullying episode with Eva Carneiro or that his players practically got rid of him at Chelsea last season has taught him nothing. It’s the same old small minded Jose who hasn’t  learned to respect his colleagues or the fact that he is not always the most important variable in the equation.

4 thoughts on ““The Small One””

  1. You actually sound small and bitter for this baseless observation and comment. Jose made it clear that there are various reasons why he has had to resort to youth aside a passion to see to their development, but the fact is there to see whether or not it was to fill in short term gaps he has at definitely not ignored them.

    1. Just to clarify they are not baseless or bitter observations, they are statistical facts there for everyone to read. Can name 5 young players he has nurtured and persisted with, developing them into first team members? He had two spells at Chelsea in the second spell Chelsea the youth team won practically every youth age category , how many do you know that he promoted? Jose made what clear exactly because you lost me there and also at the point you stated”whether or not it was to fill short term gaps he has definitely not ignored them”. Ermm you are aware he is no longer coaching at those clubs and now at Manchester United, I am sorry I am struggling to understand what you were trying to get across but thanks for the contribution

      1. Hi. I believe today’s match between Man Utd and Crystal Palace provided evidence to support Jose’s ability to groom youngsters. Rashford and Martial were evidence of that today.

        1. he didn’t promote Rashford neither did he buy Martial. Go check the starts before Ibrahimovic got injured last season how many games did Rashford start. The Lukaku he bought from Everton he didn’t have the time or patience to groom him and bought him back as an almost finished product at 75million pounds it says it all.

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