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YOU have to ad­mit, Jose Mourinho is decent value on In­sta­gram, if you like that sort of thing.

Af­ter the hard-fought win at Burn­ley re­cently, he posted a pho­to­graph of the vic­to­ri­ous dress­ing room, his play­ers en­grossed in their mo­bile phones.

“Sign of the times,” he wrote, like some sort of ex­as­per­ated dad.

Mourinho is not alone in mak­ing him­self front and cen­tre of most of his so­cial me­dia mis­sives.

That is what it is about for most peo­ple, af­ter all.

In the days fol­low­ing the event­ful draw with West Ham, Mourinho put up a pic­ture of him­self hold­ing three Europa League foot­balls.

“3 balls,” he mused. “The 3 goals we con­ceded against West Ham? The 3 amaz­ing goals we scored against them?

Or the 2 Europa Leagues I have in the pocket and the 3rd one I am ready to fight for?”

Mourinho’s readi­ness to tell us what he has won in his glit­ter­ing ca­reer is long­stand­ing but never ceases to jar.

He fol­lows man­age­rial suit in swear­ing by a team ethic but it al­ways goes hand in hand with a chronicle of his per­sonal achieve­ments.

There is a very funny im­pres­sion­ist out there by the name of Conor Moore. He has the world’s top golfers off to a tee and has re­cently dipped into foot­ball.

And not only is his im­per­son­ation of Mourinho good, his script is spot-on.

“At half- time, it was Jose Mourinho 3 West Ham 0, full­time Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 3 West Ham 3.”

Or words to that ef­fect.

And there isn’t any­one in foot­ball who would not nod know­ingly.

When the team is do­ing rea­son­ably well, as Spurs – de­spite the de­feat in Bel­gium last week – are, then it is pretty harm­less stuff.

But whether the play­ers saw the funny side of his

In­sta­gram post fol­low­ing the 1-0 re­verse in An­twerp is open to de­bate.

Sat next to his fa­mil­iar mono­grammed leather man­bag – JM loves a mono­gram – Mourinho wrote: “Bad per­for­mances de­serve bad re­sults. Hope ev­ery­one in this bus is as up­set as I am. To­mor­row 11AM train­ing.”

Pre­sum­ably, he had al­ready told his play­ers in per­son that they were be­ing hooked in for a naughty- boy ses­sion the next day but, even so, this smacked of treat­ing them a lit­tle like kids.

The im­pli­ca­tion is that ev­ery­one won’t be as up­set as he is by the de­feat. Again, it is hardly the crime of the cen­tury, but his play­ers get has­sled enough on so­cial me­dia by the thou­sands of key­board war­riors out there, with­out their man­ager join­ing in.

Dele Alli might say oth­er­wise, but it is too early to iden­tify sig­nif­i­cant cracks in the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Mourinho and some of his play­ers.

In­deed, sev­eral seem to be thriv­ing un­der his stew­ard­ship and Mourinho is ac­tu­ally hav­ing to dampen ti­tle op­ti­mism in some quar­ters.

But who would be sur­prised if this sort of pub­lic crit­i­cism – via his new favoured In­sta­gram ve­hi­cle – was the be­gin­ning of a fa­mil­iar pat­tern?

Let’s hope not. A vi­brant Spurs un­der Mourinho would be a tasty in­gre­di­ent in a ti­tle race.

So maybe Jose should leave the trolling to some­one else.

Mourinho’s readi­ness to tell us what he has won in his glit­ter­ing ca­reer is long-stand­ing but never ceases to jar

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