Following the failure of David Moyes to maintain the success that Sir Alex Ferguson brought to Manchester United so consistently, the punters in the Football Transfer Tavern got chatting about a) what makes a successful manager and b) who are the greatest managers and why are they so great?
Obviously, Fergie wasn’t debated; it was merely accepted as a statement of fact that he is one of, if not the, greatest manager of all time. The customers believed his success came about because he demanded respect and ruled with fear. Fair enough.
I left the conversation – I had to go change a keg in the basement – just as a squabble was breaking out because a Tottenham Hotspur regular was trying to tell an Arsenal fan that Harry Redknapp was a better gaffer than Arsene Wenger.
Anyway, the conversation eventually turned to Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho. There seemed to be a general agreement – as they all downed shots of tequila – that, if you ignore his personality and just look at his achievements, the Portuguese man is as successful as they come.
The customers continued the Jose discussions by saying how fearless he was, how he wasn’t scared of anything or anyone.
Not one to usually partake in the punters’ conversations, I couldn’t help myself this time and I showed them all a video I had just watched in my lunch break…
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