The attacker, Franz Beckenbauer
"He's rude and with no education. The fact that he wears cashmere sweaters doesn't mean he belongs like a gentleman. Captains and coaches from all over the world considered that Mourinho got the best results with less resources than their rivals, but he has been rude and with no education in his behaviour to achieve his objectives. The same coach has suffered last autumn the worst humiliation losing 5-0 at Camp Nou, after a festival of passes and fantasy from Pep Guardiola's Barcelona. There the offensive mentality has prevailed."
These are the strong words aimed towards Jose Mourinho, who recently lifted FIFA's Manager of the Year award, by Franz Beckenbauer, former two-time Ballon d'Or winner, World Cup-winning player and coach and the man who was voted the third-best player of the 20th century, behind Pele and Johan Cruyff.
Whilst his words are very personal, and perhaps slightly harsh, the Kaiser has a point. Whilst Jose Mourinho is a very successful, and undoubtedly an excellent coach, he has a bad habit of launching similar attacks on players, referees and fellow managers, which is by no means the full extent of his disrespect. To cite just a few recent examples, Mourinho has recently come under scrutiny for celebrating his side's goal in front of Villarreal's technical area in their recent meeting with Real Madrid, and attending a press conference with a list of 13 refereeing mistakes after Real Madrid's narrow win over Sevilla in December.
Beckenbauer's words appear hypocritical however. To attack a coach in such a way for being rude and disrespectful is in itself, disrespectful and rude. The fact remains that Beckenbauer was always respectful as a player and coach, and is suitably held in high regard. Though he currently holds a position as "honorary president" at Bayern Munich, he is essentially retired, and as such, is free to speak in the same manner as any member of the public. It would be unfair to revoke that right simply because people are willing to listen.
Jose has upset countless managers in the past, and many have returned fire appropriately (see Manuel Preciado,) but Beckenbauer may be the highest profile figure to attack Mourinho in such a manner. When the Kaiser speaks, the public listens, and one must wonder just how long Mourinho can survive with such a poor attitude.
Though trophies are first and foremost in football, few clubs will welcome poor publicity and disrespect. Mourinho's departure from Chelsea was blamed largely on his poor attitude towards Roman Abramovic, and if Barcelona's chokehold on La Liga continues for much longer, he may be out of another job at Real Madrid, who are not known as the most patient club in the world.
Mourinho may be faced with the harsh reality that, through his disrespect in the past, he may run out of clubs that will want him as their manager, and a magnificent coaching talent will have gone to waste. Though many people consider mind games an important and effective part of football management, Mourinho's disrespect reaches a ridiculous level.