When Jose Mourinho walked into the Premier League and announced himself as the ‘Special One’ he did something only ever seen once before. The Portuguese manager bought with him success at Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles in his first spell, as well as another and a Capital One cup title in his second.
Jose is one of the few managers to win the league in every country he has managed in, winning with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. He is one of the most sought after managers in the world, and brings success wherever he goes. His ego is so big, and many often think he is over confident.
However, the ex-interpreter for Bobby Robson is not the first person to have such a big ego, a confidence in one’s self. Mourinho, to many, is the closest we will get to a modern day Brian Clough.
Brian Clough was one of the best managers never to manage England, with his work at Derby and Nottingham Forest making him well known between the 60s and 80s. Although he didn’t last long at Leeds, Clough did take underdogs Nottingham Forest from the Second Division to two successful European Cup wins.
Clough was a one in a million manager, and will never truly be replaced. But in Mourinho, we have the nearest thing. Although he isn’t English, Jose does have an aura about him, and players want to work with him. Like Clough did to Derby and Nottingham Forest, the man from Lisbon turned Chelsea into a dynasty. He took Chelsea from a mid-table team that only won the occasional FA Cup to a team which regularly fought for not only the title, but every trophy across Europe.
A lot of it comes down to the board, with Roman Abramovich trusting Jose to take the time to a new level. He was given the funds to make Chelsea great, signing Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Ricardo Carvalho and Paolo Ferreira. In doing so, he quickly led Chelsea to their first domestic title in 50 years, starting Chelsea on the path to glory.
Clough himself faced similarities in his career, with the Nottingham Forest board willing to take the risk on him, especially after his poor year at Leeds. At Forest, he put his stamp on the team, signing Trevor Francis in the first ever £1million transfer. Again, like Mourinho, Clough helped to make Forest a dynasty, leading the side onto bigger things, such as the league title and two consecutive European Cup wins.
Though at the moment Mourinho will never be in the same league as Clough, in the future he could certainly be regarded as as being the closest anyone has ever come to matching him. Clough was an individual that will never be replicated, and the success he achieved at Nottingham Forest will probably be done again.
If Jose does get the Manchester United job, then he can continue building his dynasty, and the Premier League will still have the nearest thing to Brian Clough.