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Jose Mourinho's worst season

Jose Mourinho’s worst season as a manager cannot be easily overlooked due to the fact that the Portuguese manager has come in for harsh criticism in recent years over his rigid, slow, unattractive, and defensive style of play.

Jose Mourinho is still regarded by many as the best manager in the history of football, boasting a total of over eight league titles and two UEFA Champions League trophies.

Mourinho started out as one of the coaching staffs of former legendary manager Sir Bobby Robson at Porto, where he served as an interpreter, before moving on to join Louis van Gaal as an assistant at Barcelona.

The Portuguese manager returned to his native Portugal where he was handed his first senior role with Benfica.

Over the years, Mourinho has seen himself rise to the top in football management history, taking charge of some of the biggest clubs in Europe.

Jose Mourinho has tasted success where ever he went, winning trophies with every team he has managed.

The Portuguese manager’s inability to adapt to the modern brand of playing football has seen him getting sacked from all of his most recent managerial positions in recent years.

Mourinho is famous for his arrogance to the media, his poor man management (especially towards the best players in the team), his shrewd and slow defensive style of football, and worst of all, his pride in his past glories.

Jose Mourinho’s worst season in his career has been carefully compiled by some of the best football critics and pundits, and Footy Area brings you some of Jose Mourinho’s worst season finishes of all time.

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Benfica (2000)

Jose Mourinho's worst season

After successful spells under Louis Van Gaal as an assistant manager at Barcelona, Mourinho returned back to his homeland to take charge of Benfica in the year 2000.

After a brief spell as the assistant manager to Jupp Heynckes, Mourinho took control as the head coach of Benfica when Heynckes left the position.

However, Mourinho’s notorious arrogance cost him his place at his first managerial post after he disobeyed the Benfica board by choosing his own assistant. Jose Mourinho swiftly saw himself hanging on the edge of the cliff with the Benfica hierarchy.

Following a change of presidency at the Portuguese club, the newly elected Manuel Vilarinho was adamant to bring in ex-Benfica star Toni as the new head coach to replace Jose Mourinho.

Despite starting well in charge of Benfica, Mourinho was relieved off his duties after just nine games in charge, immediately after he led Benfica to thrash local rivals Sporting.

Cause: Arrogance.

Chelsea (2015)

Jose Mourinho's worst season

Jose Mourinho enjoyed most of his best moments within his two spells in charge of the London club.

The Portuguese manager enjoyed a lot of success in the Premier League with Chelsea, winning three Premier League titles, one FA cup in 2007, and three League Cups in 2005, 2007, and 2015.

His large success with Chelsea saw him given the nickname ‘The Special One’ from the Chelsea faithfuls.

However, everything came crashing down in 2015, when Mourinho had begun to have incessant fights with his best player Eden Hazard. From substituting him aimlessly, to freezing him out of the team entirely, it eventually led to a reported physical brawl between the two of them in training. It didn’t take long before the whole team was affected, and Mourinho was sacked.

After finishing top of the league the previous season with eight points clear, and winning the EFL League Cup, Chelsea slumped to 16th position in 2015, losing nine of their opening 16 Premier League games, and just one point above the relegation zone.

Jose Mourinho’s final match was the 2-1 defeat to leaders Leicester City.

Cause: Poor Player Management.

Real Madrid (2013)

Jose Mourinho's worst season

This is one of the major trophyless season’s Real Madrid have suffered in recent times, even with a star studded team which included five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Özil, Higuain, Alonso, and a host of some of the best footballers of all time.

Mourinho not only lost the support of his dressing room, he lost the respect of the fans, he lost respect from the media, from rival managers, and rival players.

Jose Mourinho became a shadow of himself after numerous altercations with club favorite Cristiano Ronaldo, with Ronaldo openly saying his future lies elsewhere if Mourinho remained in charge. However, he couldn’t bench Ronaldo out of fear of the Madrid fans, who had already begun to reign abuses on him.

Mourinho lost a lot of support from key players in his squad, with Sergio Ramos rumored to have walked out on him mockingly during a training session.

Jose became increasingly furious with the media, arrogantly making fun of rival managers, and getting involved with match officials.

After finishing 13 points behind Barcelona in the league, and loosing the Copa del Rey finals against Atlético Madrid, it became clear he wasn’t needed by the players and fans anymore.

This would go down as one of Jose Mourinho’s worst season situations in recent memory. And he eventually took his complaints to the Madrid hierarchy, and after a thirty minute meeting, agreed to leave the post by mutual consent.

Cause: Arrogance, Poor Player Management.

Manchester United (2018)

Jose Mourinho's worst season in his managerial career

Jose Mourinho replaced his former boss Louis van Gaal in the summer of 2016 at Manchester United. Prior to Mourinho’s appointment, United had not won a single trophy in three years since Sir Alex Ferguson left the dug-out.

In his first game in charge, Jose Mourinho won the Community Shield before going on to win the League Cup thanks to a Jesse Lingard inspired 3-2 victory over Southampton.

However, United’s form in the league was not good, with the Red Devils only managing to finish sixth, but still managed to lift the UEFA Europa League following a 2-0 victory over Ajax in the finals, which also made them qualify for the 2017/18 Champions League.

Mourinho’s next season saw Manchester United finish trophyless, with Mourinho finishing in second place behind Guardiola’s record breaking Manchester City, also crashing out of the Champions League round of 16 to Sevilla, and losing the FA cup final to Chelsea.

And then came the miserable end of Mourinho’s reign at Manchester United in his third season. After just eight games into the new season, Manchester United looked like a group of toddlers playing in the park.

Jose became increasingly furious with the media, arrogantly making fun of rival managers, and getting involved with match officials.

The Red Devils were 19 points behind leaders Liverpool after just 17 games, with further talks of fights off the pitch with the club’s favorite Paul Pogba.

Mourinho has always been notorious for maltreating his best squad player wherever he went, and Pogba would not be an exception.

Mourinho was still determined to put Pogba in his place by benching him, and not giving him a regular starting place in his team. Manchester United were mocked for their ridiculous style of play, which was slow, unattractive, and extremely defensive. With United even defending in their own half against bottom of the table teams.

Mourinho was eventually sacked by Manchester United in December of 2018 following a 3-1 loss to Liverpool.

Cause: Poor Tactics, Arrogance, Poor Player Management.


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