Can Jose Mourinho dig deep and prove he really is The Special One?

Andy Dillon by Andy Dillon / 16 September 2015, 09:20

Jose MourinhoThe Sun's Andy Dillon (@andydillon70) takes a look at the unfamiliar position that the under-fire Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho finds himself in after the opening five games of the season.

PREMIER LEAGUE managers are well paid but only really earn their money when the chips are down.

It's the easiest job in the world to organise a dressing room full of winners when they are winning. Pick your team of stars and send them out.

But a few faltering steps and unreasonably quickly the pressure starts to mount and this is when a boss has to manage.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho finds himself in an awkward position right now and in unfamiliar territory.

His team sits 17th in the table with just one win from five games this season and little sign of a pulse of life breathing life back into his season.

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Right now The Special One is discovering a little of what it is like to be a manager staring up the league table instead of down; what it is like to be Sam Allardyce, Tony Pulis, Mark Hughes or Alan Pardew.

And it's going to be interesting seeing whether he has the guts and the steely nerve of any of those men who have successfully dug teams out of a hole at the bottom of the pile and made something of the season.

It's all very well pointing to his squad of superstar players and claiming it should be easy for that lot to string a few wins together and zoom back up into the top four.

But football is thankfully, wildly unpredictable even these days when money talks louder than ever.

You can have a Ferrari but when it won't start it is a lot more difficult and expensive to fix than a Ford Focus.

Mourinho's players, some of whom earn 200,000 a week, are complex machines. They are used to a life now where the facilities are five star, where the habit is winning and where everything a player could possibly require is on hand.

If it's still going wrong with all that then it's hard to know where to turn for a solution.

Mourinho is going to have to rely on stuff that money can't buy. His reserve goalkeeper Asimir Begovic has spoken this week of how he was desperate to work with him because of the reputation the Portuguese holds as a motivator and man manager.

But if Mourinho was an expert at climbing inside his players' heads and getting them rewired for success again after a blip, wouldn't he have done it by now?

Chelsea's boss is facing a new kind of pressure down among the likes of struggling Sunderland, Newcastle and Stoke.

In a way you suspect it is a challenge he is quietly enjoying - you just wonder whether he will be allowed the time in the job to see if he is up to it.

But as ringside observers, it is going to be fascinating viewing.

If Mourinho pulls it off and rescues Chelsea's season from this far back then he really is The Special One.


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