Jose Mourinho To Manchester City? The rumours linking the Real Madrid boss to Eastlands grow and In The Stands’ Rolly Pelovangu warns that if Mourinho does become City coach then they will dominate the Premier League
Sporting comebacks are usually special things. Who can forget the return of Thierry Henry to Arsenal after five years away? Likewise, wrestling fans the world over will recall with belated nostalgia when Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson made a momentous return to the squared circle after some 8 years.
Legendary stuff. So how would anybody feel about a certain Jose Mourinho returning back to the Premier League? The likeliest destination will, if rumours are to be believed, be with current league leaders Manchester City. This being so, maybe it is better to rephrase that question.
How would anybody bar Manchester City fans feel about the ‘Special One’ coming back to the English top flight to manage The Citizens?
Hmmmm…muted response as predicted. Quite frankly, the prospect of Jose Mourinho; one of the best managers in the world, a man who has scooped up the finest individual accolades as well as every single major trophy to boot wherever he has gone, taking charge of the ‘City revolution’ is a scary thought for every other Premier League team.
Why you ask? Well, lets spell out some of the reasons:
1. Jose Mourinho Will Have Unlimited Funds
If Mourinho does become the new City boss it is stating the obvious to say that the Portuguese coach will have an endless amount of cash. True, he had those same luxuries at Chelsea (and to a degree at Real Madrid), but not in the same quantity as he will do at City.
Couple this with his ability to attract the very best players in the game who will remain defiantly loyal to him and it may not be long before the likes of Wesley Sneijder, Ricardo Carvalho, Eden Hazard and, who knows, Cristiano Ronaldo hop aboard the quickest plane to Manchester – Manchester City that is.
2. Jose Mourinho Will Fix Up Manchester City’s Defence
Manchester City’s sticking point is their rearguard. Ironic it would seem considering that last season City’s defensive solidity was widely frowned upon as coach Roberto Mancini now opts for a more free-flowing, attacking style.
Mourinho – should he go to Manchester City – has the quality to keep this attacking nous ticking, but more importantly, he will strengthen City’s defence beyond measure.
Nobody will be able to score against them let alone create many chances. Remember this is the same man whose Chelsea side conceded just 15 goals in the 2004/2005 season and then 22 the campaign after.
Furthermore, Mourinho will not hesitate one moment if he needs to win ‘ugly’ as his tactics in that unforgettable 2010 UEFA Champions League 2nd leg at the Camp Nou against Barcelona proved.
3. Jose Mourinho Will Have A Point To Prove
Mourinho left English football in 2007 under a black cloud and after a piss-poor 1-1 home draw with Rosenborg in the Champions League group stages followed by a 2-0 league defeat away at Aston Villa.
When ‘the Special One’ left SW9 the relief amongst football fans the country over could be heard from the highest mountain peak in this green and pleasant land.
Under Mourinho Chelsea had bagged 2 titles in 3 years, the FA Cup, two Carling Cups and looked set to continue to more win major honours before he was harshly pushed aside by Roman Abramovich.
Nobody harbours a grudge more than Jose and so, eager to come back to the league where he most enjoyed managing, the former FC Porto boss will have an insatiable hunger to succeed which may never be quenched.
4. Jose Mourinho Will Consolidate Manchester City’s ‘Top 4’ Status
It is easy to argue that under Roberto Mancini Manchester City all but pushed themselves into the top four set-up.
But let us not forget that it took two seasons to do so having missed out to Spurs in 2009. If Jose Mourinho goes to Manchester City qualification for the UEFA Champions League and a top four place will become, we admonish, an absolute certainty.
As long as Sir Alex Ferguson is at Old Trafford, Manchester United will also remain firmly lodged in the top four.
This means that Mourinho’s arrival at City will of course spell bad news for Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal as these four great clubs will be left fighting out for the remaining two Champions League spots.
Arsenal and Chelsea in particular cannot afford to be without top class European football and the concomitant revenue arising from it, whilst Spurs (a rising force under Redknapp) are looking expansive and ambitious whereas Liverpool are ready to launch a proper assault for a Champions League spot.
5. Jose Mourinho Has The Potential To Become A Manchester City Legend
Mourinho won the UEFA Cup treble with FC Porto, before bagging the UEFA Champions League the following season.
He won back-to-back titles with Chelsea, lifted the FA Cup, got pushed out the door, went to Inter where he again won consecutive titles and more impressively a treble as he took the Nerazzurri to the summit of European football.
He will dethrone Pep Guardiola great Barcelona side and win La Liga this season and may even bag that ever elusive decima – that is Real Madrid’s 10th European Cup – which, if he does so, will put him in the Madrid history books for eternity.
The point is, wherever he goes, Mourinho makes history and becomes a club legend. Now then, imagine if he were to go to City, win back-to-back titles, a couple of FA Cups, the Carling Cup and more importantly bring the UEFA Champions League crown to the Etihad Stadium?
If that were to happen expect to see a diamond-coated, handmade, club-paid-for, 50ft statue of him smack bang in the middle of Manchester City centre. It would be his greatest ever achievement as coach.
So, if Jose Mourinho goes to Manchester City they will dominate English football. Do you agree? Let In The Stands know what you think below.