His ability to captivate a press room is irrepressible. The dimples, Clooney hair shade, his confident usage of English words at even the most inappropriate of occasions, has meant that the British media have never shied away from plastering him all over our back pages, even if there appears a lack of merit in doing so.
Yet, as the saying goes, today's news is tomorrow's fish and chips and despite a host of domestic titles in Italy (and counting) Jose knows that two titles in England may not be enough to see him join this country's immortal managers.
Manchester United, the club most likened to be his next and preferred destination, should however look to steer well clear. There his no doubting his credentials, nor is there any doubt of his ability to fill the biggest shoes in sporting history, but there is a doubt over his longevity.
Underpinning United's success has been the desire of Ferguson to stay on and win more, regardless it seems of his age, health or non-footballing pursuits. Wenger too falls under a category that, both managerial egos and ever growing impatience among club stakeholders, have made far smaller in recent years. Even Guardiola, who is argued to have one of the best sides in history at his disposal, appears to have no guarantee that his seat at Barcelona is safe one.
Moreover, there is little chance that Mourinho, should he endure all the success in the world, would stay beyond five seasons, and will continue upon the merry go round that this new breed of young continental-chic managers appear to be riding. In fact, the more hastily success comes to Mourinho at United, the faster he is likely to reach into his pocket, pull out his note pad, and put a line through the name of another major European club.
He has built formidable sides on the back of Mancini and Ranieri's hard work, but sides can be built in years, in the case of both his previous clubs, months even. However, establishments take much longer to build, almost a quarter of a century in Ferguson's case.
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