Bullish words, but not without reason.
I couldn't stand Jose Mourinho when he first came to England. His arrogance and brash overconfidence were a stark contrast to the diet of cultured and controlled common sense I had been used to from Arsene Wenger. But a large part of my dislike of him was born out of that fact that he was so successful, especially against Arsenal. It pains me to type this, but he definitely had Arsene Wenger's number.
Having taken Chelsea to more glory in three years than they had managed in the previous thirty (or maybe more), he went to Inter Milan, where he won two Serie A titles, one Italian Cup and the UEFA Champions League in two turbulent seasons there.
And now he finds himself at Real Madrid, with the herculean task of knocking Barcelona, the undoubted team of the present century, off their exalted perch. And only a brave man will say with certainty that he will fail.
While he is loved in England, he is loathed in Italy and Spain. Why?
England have taken a formidable squad to every major tournament for as long as I can remember. Going back just a couple of years, they may not have had the talent of, say, Spain at the last World Cup. But they certainly had a potentially winning combination of flair, experience and physical prowess.
But something always goes wrong.
Fabio Capello is an outstanding football manager. 15 trophies in 15 years at four top clubs is testament to that. Then what went wrong with England?
It isn't as simple as I'm going to make it sound, but it was a case of the right man for the wrong job. England's most successful managers in the last thirty years have been Sir Bobby Robson and Terry Venables. To the best of my knowledge, neither was a master-tactician. Nor were they dictators.
And while I agree that football has moved on since Euro 96 (England's most recent "hurrah"), and that England needs more than a big brother as manager, I think the team is missing that key intangible ingredient. A combination of leadership, protection from the outside world, light-headedness and joie de vivre.
And the "Special One" is just the man for the job.
Now before anyone goes off on a tangent (too late?), I'm not suggesting he takes the job full-time. He won't consider it, and I cannot envisage Mourinho working part-time (which is what international football management is).
He should take on one assignment only—Euro 2012. He doesn't need to build a team—the layers are in place. The competition will spring no surprises—the opposition and their key players are known already. The FA need someone to quickly build momentum, and carry that through for a couple of months.
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