Updated: Thursday, 14th November 2019 @ 1:54pm

The 'Special One' can manage any club: Sir Alex happy to hand over Manchester United reins to Jose Mourinho

The 'Special One' can manage any club: Sir Alex happy to hand over Manchester United reins to Jose Mourinho

By Dean Wilkins

Extravert Jose Mourinho immediately roped in the media when he self-proclaimed himself to be the ‘Special One’, but his arrogance sparked the bitter taste buds of Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson to work overtime.

The Portuguese manager sealed his path into Chelsea after lifting the Champions League with Porto in 2003 and is firmly favoured to fill the Old Trafford hotseat once Fergie departs.

But after motor-mouth Mourinho used silverware to substantiate his ego, Ferguson conceded and admitted that the Real Madrid boss is good enough to take the reins at any club on the planet.

"I remember his first press conference and I thought 'he's a cocky bugger, him'," Ferguson told ITV4.

"He was telling the players, 'Look, I'm the Special One, we don't lose games'. Bloody hell, coming to England, he is only a young man and saying he is the Special One!

"But what it did, it told all the players to have the belief they were going to win the league."

Mourinho went on to win Chelsea’s first-ever Premier League title and defended the achievement the following year after moving to Stamford Bridge in 2004.

And with six additions to the Londoners trophy cabinet in three full seasons, Mourinho departed and claimed his second treble win of his career after emulating his Porto success with Italian giants Inter.

His success saw him take the hotseat at Real Madrid while bitter rivals Barcelona were arguably playing the best football the world had ever seen – however, last year they managed to win La Liga and halt the Catalonians’ run of three consecutive league titles.

And his success has earned him the praise of Ferguson, who said: "He can manage anywhere, absolutely. I'm not going to put any forecasts on what is going to happen at this club.

“I won't last forever, but Jose can manage anywhere, there is no question about that."

Fergie was speaking to ITV ahead of a Mourinho’s first decade in football management – and for a man who rarely graced the pitch as a player, Fergie is highly impressed by Mourinho’s ability to mastermind such feats.

"I would never think a guy who hasn't played a game could be a top coach, but then you've got to look at his personality, I think his personality does it," Ferguson added.

"He's got a marvellous, strong personality and I think that bridges that gap.

"That's incredible [Mourinho’s 21 trophies in ten years). How old is he now? Fiftieth year. So he is 20 years behind me. At the same rate he is going to add another 42 trophies. At the current rate – amazing isn't it?"

Clubs across the world are on now on high alert after Spanish paper Marca claimed that an agreement has been reached for Mourinho to depart the Bernabeu this summer.

The media outlet, who are known to have strong links with club officials, have reported his departure after a season where both the manager and talisman Cristiano Ronaldo have come under fire from supports.

"Jose Mourinho will not coach Real Madrid next season," the paper reported.

"Both Mou and Florentino Perez [Madrid president] believe the Portuguese' cycle on the bench at the Bernabeu is exhausted and that the current situation cannot continue beyond June 30."

Real have suffered from a poor start to their defence of La Liga and sit third, 11 points off Barcelona's pace and five behind rivals Atletico Madrid.

 

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