So, I hop on the computer this morning–gotta love the internet, right–and I see this story. “Jose Mourinho’s Gonna Get Fired If He Doesn’t Advance Past Chelsea”. Really?
This came a day after I read a story that said Mourinho could be the beginning of a serious managerial shake-up in European Soccer. Is this a coincidence? I think not.
Mourinho is obviously not stupid and he’s figured out two things:
1. The media loves it when people get fired
2. The media loves to speculate about people getting fired.
So, I think he’s taken the following steps to stoke the market and see if the frenzy around him can be even greater than it already is. You see, some people are probably already looking at him, but if they think he might get fired then they will have to have their checkbooks in hand when he hits the door so they can sign him on the spot.
The only way for teams to be alert to this kind of thing is through leaked rumors to the media. The story I read said that this “tall tale” came from an “Italian Source”. Ok, I think that Italian source is Mourinho’s people.
I can’t prove that, but I just have a hunch. Soccer gets played out in the media more than any other sport on the planet and I think this is just another way for someone in Soccer to use the media to get what they want.
Here’s the problem. If I’m right and Mourinho is behind this then what about his Inter club against Chelsea today? Don’t they deserve his best effort? Can we guarantee beyond a shadow of a doubt that they will get HIS best effort today?
I don’t think so. That’s sad, but true. The coaching carousel is ALREADY in motion.