With eight league victories and two Champions League titles to his name, there’s little doubt Jose Mourinho will go down in history as one of the greatest managers in football, yet, the last chapter of his career has cast a vast shadow over his name, culminating with his Tottenham sacking earlier today.
Whilst the timing of the announcement just a week before the League Cup final may have caught many off-guard, there can be no doubt that the end of Mourinho’s time at Spurs was drawing near.
A number of players, most notably Dele Alli, had struggled with the 58-year-old’s style of man management, and with the team sitting 7th in the Premier League and no silverware to back it up, the spurs fan base had had enough.
Before arriving at Spurs, there had been signs of cracks in the self dubbed ‘special one’s’ techniques, with his time at Manchester United surrounded in a similar haze of unhappiness, which once again failed to bring home the results fans had hoped for.
One of Jose’s most memorable moments with the press came during his time at United, after he demanded respect from the media, saying: “I have more Premierships alone, than the other 19 managers together.”
Perhaps the fact that his statement has now become untrue is a strong visual metaphor for the end of his time at the top.
After a fairly average playing career, Jose took to management in Portugal at the turn of the century, being promoted from his role as assistant manager at Benfica.
In what we’ve learnt to be very much his style, he caused controversy immediately, after going against the wishes of the board at the club refusing to appoint their favoured candidate as his new assistant.
After a short time there, he moved on to Unaio de Leiria, where he impressed the clubs across Portugal.
The spell with the club was enough to earn him a chance at the helm of Porto, which is where he really made his name.
Looking at his time with the club, it’s easy to see the incredible job he did, taking Porto to the 2004 Champions League title, the first Portugese winner of Europe’s top competition in 17 years.
It was this performance which led him to impress arguably the most important character of his career.
Roman Abramovich, who had become the billionaire owner of Chelsea Football Club just a year earlier, wanted Mourinho to lead his team to glory.
And that he did.
In his opening press conference at the club, Mourinho gave out his most famous line.
He said: “Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m European champion and I think I’m a special one.”
The quote created the nickname which follows him to this day, and he proved his words to be true in his first season, taking Chelsea to their first top flight league title in 50 years, as well as breaking a number of records on his way to the title.
Jose took his side to the title again the following year, but as time went on rumours began to speculate of a worsening relationship with Abramovich, once again, a trend we’ve come to see with Mourinho.
By the 2007-08 season, Mourinho was on his way out, leaving the club in September of the season by reasons dubbed only as ‘mutual consent’.
He would later return to Chelsea in 2013, after successful spells at Inter Milan and Real Madrid, including another Champions League win with the former.
A season later, Jose would collect his third Premier League winners medal, losing just three games in the entire campaign, proving further the success of his methods wherever he was in charge.
This time at the top again failed to last, with his departure arriving just a year on in 2015, following a run of nine defeats in 16 games.
Following this, it was time for the beginning of the end for Jose.
He arrived at Old Trafford in 2016, breaking the hearts of Chelsea fans and bring hope to Manchester United fans everywhere, in the hope he could be the end of their post-Ferguson struggles.
In his first season, he continued his run of winning trophies at the clubs he managed, taking home the Europa League and the League Cup.
Reaching his peak with United the following season after finishing second in the league, doubts had already begun to grow around Mourinho’s time at the top of the game.
A recent interview from Paul Pogba suggested he too had been a victim of Jose’s unorthodox man management, talking of how much happier he is now under a new coach.
The interview struck a chord with United and Spurs fans alike, with both having been host to Mourinho’s failure to keep up with his former glories.
Whilst Spurs will be a club he leaves without a trophy, this is not likely to be the most damaging to his career, but rather the dark shadow which may taint his career long into the future.