The time has surely arrived for someone to sit down and explain to a certain Portuguese football manager, until he understands, that simply calling yourself the “Special One” doesn’t actually make it true.

If it was that easy, then the words “former Welsh rugby legend and now multi-millionaire” would always appear in front of my name instead of “diminutive and balding”.

Self-confidence is a virtue and should be encouraged. Yet, like most things in life, you can have too much of a good thing and when you overdose on it then it starts to get nauseous in the extreme.

Jose Mourihno is a successful football manager and undoubtedly knows his profession well enough to be given a platform to comment expertly on it. But that success and his self-imposed title does not make him an authority on everything else.

His increasingly wild and often inaccurate accusations, protestations and observations – most recently in relation to the medical care given to two of his goalkeepers after they received serious injury in a match with Reading – have more than a stench of arrogance and ignorance. It would be far better for him to keep quiet and discover the facts before he starts pointing the figure.

Just as he would balk at a paramedic or doctor advising him on the merits of 4-4-2 over 3-5-2, so health professionals should expect a degree of respect when doing their job. The evidence increasingly suggests that the Chelsea manager is completely wide of the mark with his criticisms of the medical response to these injuries, but it is becoming just as clear that any hint of an apology to those he has targeted in the national media will not be forthcoming. 

What makes these outbursts even more baffling is the way in which he confounds people with an obvious understanding of what is really important in life. Dedicating the recent Champions League win over Barcelona to the memory of a Chelsea club employee killed in a car accident the previous day and her grieving family is completely at odds with the image he portrays at other times. 

Such a conundrum does make him a character. But it also raises questions about whether it is the type of special character we should encourage.


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