Opinion

Mourinho Leaves Parting Gift To Roma Players As He Avoids The High Ground Again

Andy Mattioli
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AS Roma fans will already know that the club have parted ways with former manager Jose Mourinho as his relationship with the players, and the board itself, predictably began to worsen as time went on, and in true style the self named Special One continues to dominate the headlines given the manner of his departure.

The 61 year old did enjoy a good spell in the Italian capital, winning the Europa Conference League and reaching the Europa League final in back to back seasons, but he never quite cracked Serie A in the way he would have hoped at Roma, and after two and a half years in charge, his almost inevitable ‘going into the third year’ implosion repeated itself. You probably would not have needed a bet365 casino review to realise that particular number would come up on Mourinho’s roulette wheel again.

Mourinho clearly disagreed with the decision and stood by his earlier words that he was not the problem when it came to performances and results at the club, and in again choosing to not take the moral high ground, the Portuguese was at his boisterous best in showing his disappointment in the players.

Having been given a ring by the playing squad following their Europa Conference League victory back in 2022, upon being given his marching orders, Mourinho left the ring in the locker of team captain Lorenzo Pellegrini, and according to reports, also left a note which read ‘When you are men, give it back to me’.

Given his earlier words after poor results when it came to the playing squad this season, his outgoing actions actually come as no surprise to many – probably even his supporters who will feel he has been harshly treated – but again, it is a pattern of behaviour that we have seen time and time again across his entire managerial career.

Managers have to have a self confidence to survive in the game, but when you lose the dressing room because of your own volatile behaviour, occasionally it is useful to look at your own actions.

Mourinho’s critics would point to the fact that the squad have shown quick and pretty significant improvement following his departure, securing three victories on the spin and club legend Daniele De Rossi has instantly got a far better tune out of them, and results so far have seen them rise into fifth place in the table.

Speaking after the 4-0 victory over Cagliari, De Rossi said simply.

“I don’t look at our position in the table. I look at the points collect, and the good things that the boys do on the field. First of all, I told the lads that from a negative situation we all pull out together in the same direction. I think the guys are very strong, as a footballer I have had so many up and down periods but they must never stop believing how good they are, because they are. They are a strong group.”

A cynic would say De Rossi’s success so far is based simply on realising he is not actually more important than the players.

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