Roma could be Mourinho’s last chance of a big job if he fails
Jose Mourinho has been one of the best football gaffers in the world in club football over the past decade and this has seen him garner a reputation of trust from some of the elite football clubs in Europe.
His previous successes at clubs like Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, amongst others, have given him a reputation that clubs can trust in hiring him regardless of how his managerial prowess has declined in recent years.
However, the question now is; Is Jose Mourinho going to bounce back from his mixed managerial adventures in recent years, or is he past his prime and needs to evolve as the game has done rapidly in the last few years?
Many football fans believe that the Portuguese manager is living on past glories, pointing out that his managerial style, tactics, and playing style can no longer cut it in an era where attacking football is the best way to go.
Mourinho’s sides are known to be very defensive, as they normally sit back, soak pressure, and hit on the counter. However, this playing style is no longer in vogue and has been frowned on severally especially for clubs who have spent big in the transfer market.
Also, the irony is that Mourinho’s teams in recent years are no longer defensively solid and are taken apart easily, even by the supposedly small teams. He is presently managing Roma in the Serie A and I believe this is his last chance to prove to the decent sides in Europe that he is still up for the major managerial roles.
Roma started the 2021/22 Serie A season on a high and folks thought they stood a chance of competing for the Serie A title this term. However, their life force has waned domestically and in the Europa League where Norwegian side Bodo/Glimt shockingly taught them some footballing lessons.
In the Serie A log, Roma currently sit 6th, 13 points off first-placed Napoli with just 12 games played. I daresay that no one saw this coming at this stage of the season after Mourinho was confirmed as the new boss at Roma.
His side have won just 1 game, drawn 1, and lost 3 in their last 5 Serie A games. They’ve lost the last two Serie A games in succession and this doesn’t bode well for the Portuguese. I believe that Mourinho cannot afford to be fired as Roma boss as it would spell doom for his chances to manage any of the decent sides in Europe.
After he was fired at Tottenham, one would have thought that he would go on a sabbatical to restrategize and evolve with the modern trends of the game but this was not the case, instead, he grabbed the opportunity at Roma.
The international break is on and Roma’s next Serie A game after the break is away to Genoa, and whether they are struggling or not as they currently sit 17th on the log, doesn’t matter as Mourinho’s men lost their last game away to a struggling and newly promoted Venezia.
The Portuguese manager has to ensure that his Roma side bounces back as they cannot afford to lose 3 consecutive games. If this happens, the Portuguese manager may be hit with another sack and this wouldn’t bode well for him.
The Roma job is Mourinho’s last chance to prove that he is still up for it with regards to managing the big sides in Europe. If he fails, I don’t see him landing a big job for a manager of his pedigree anytime soon.