Mourinho’s highs and lows
Jose Mourinho, sacked by Manchester United a week before Christmas, has been in football management for just over 18 years during which time, believe or not, he has won 22 major trophies/competitions, mainly with Chelsea and FC Porto from his native country of Portugal.
His first three clubs were all in his homeland – Benfica (2000… 11 games in charge), Uniao de Leira (from 2001… 20 games) and FC Porto (200204… 127 games), followed by Chelsea (200407… 185 games), Inter Milan (200810… 108 games), Real Madrid (201013… 178 games), Chelsea, again (201315… 136 games) and then Manchester United (201618… 144 games).
Overall, he managed teams in 909 games, attaining an average winrate of 64.8 with his best analysis coming with Real Madrid, 71.9. His record with Chelsea was 63.6 and with Manchester United 58.3.
Surprisingly – to some – only Sir Alex Ferguson (59.7 %) had a better winrate record as a manager with United than Mourinho. Ernest Mangnall (190312) averaged 54.16; David Moyes 52.94 and Louis Van Gaal 52.43.
He won domestic League titles in England with Chelsea (3), Inter Milan (2) Porto (2) and Real Madrid 1. He was domestic Cup winner with Porto, Chelsea, Milan and Real Madrid; lifted the Champions League with Porto and Milan; triumphed in UEFA/ Europa League finals with Porto and Manchester United. He also won the League Cup with Chelsea (3 times) and Manchester United (once) and celebrated Charity Shield glory also with Chelsea and United.
It all went wrong, resultswise, during his third and last season with Real Madrid (201213… 62.3 percent winrate), with Chelsea (201516… 36 percent win rate) and with Manchester United (201819… 41.7 percent winrate).
He won 21 various Coach/ Manager of the Year awards and received the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award in 2005 (not for smiling).
He spent £391.5m on new players when manager at Old Trafford – including the splashing out of £89m on French international Paul Pogba from Juventus); £75m on Romelu Lukaku (from Everton); £52m on Fred (from Shakhtar Donetsk); £40m on Nemanja Matic (from Chelsea); £31m on Victor Lindelof (from Benfica); £30m on Eric Bailly (from Villarreal) and £19m on Diogo Dalot (from FC Porto). And he also signed Alexis Sanchez (from Arsenal) in a £30m exchange deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to the Emirates.
United scored 151 goals in 93 Premiership games under Mourinho… 54 in 201617, 68 in 201718 and 29 up to his sacking on the 18th of December last.
Mourinho was the 18th different man to hold the position of manager of Manchester United. Two previous ones had held the post twice – Walter Crickmer (1930s) and Sir Matt Busby, between 1945 and 1971.
In his first two seasons in charge of the Reds, Mourinho saw United finish 6th and second respectively, the latter 19 points behind archrivals and champions Manchester City. They were languishing in sixth place when he left Old Trafford – 19 points behind leaders Liverpool and 18 adrift of neighbours City.