Jose Mourinho has significantly ‘lightened up’ since leaving Manchester United.
In fact, he seems to enjoy punditry much more than he did management – based on the end of his second Chelsea tenure and his stint at Old Trafford anyway.
But when he says something, he still quite often means something else!
In praising Jurgen Klopp, who he seems to have much more respect for now the German has won the Champions League, Mourinho slyly digs United for not providing him stability or structure.
“Fantastic coach. Jürgen is in a good position. He is very stable. I think he has control of his ‘areas’. He is supported by people who think the same way, the structure of the club,” he told the Telegraph.
In fairness, he’s probably right. Ed Woodward seems an outrageously poor CEO who’s made countless reactionary decisions and cost his side millions upon millions, all while watching them get significantly worse on the field.
FSG employed Klopp and let him create his own special environment – and importantly – the manager is happy to work with Michael Edwards in regards to transfers – so there’s no banging of heads in regards to incomings and outgoings.
As a result, nearly every one of our big signings under Klopp has been a monumental success, while we’ve managed to make profit on dead wood, too.
None of this though makes Klopp’s genius any less impressive. The culture at Liverpool is a result of him – and basically him only.
If Mourinho ever gets another big job, that’s something he should consider. Creating an atmosphere of positivity instead of angst may help him get the best out of the modern footballer.