How Jose Mourinho became the manager he used to mock

Jose Mourinho sacked

They were three grossly unfair words, but the sort of soundbite that, because it becomes memorable, lasts. “Specialist in failure,” Jose Mourinho once branded Arsene Wenger.

There are different definitions of failure, and the Portuguese was referring to the Frenchman’s trophy drought, but the former Arsenal manager only finished outside the top five once in 22 seasons in England. The former Manchester United manager was on course to come sixth twice in three campaigns when he was sacked having failed: definitely this season, arguably over the course of his time at Old Trafford.

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