In a recent interview, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has denied accusations of having wrecked Inter Milan before leaving the fallen-giants to join Real Madrid.
Jose Mourinho enjoyed a wonderful spell at Inter Milan from 2008 to 2010, where he led the club to back-to-back Scudetti titles and his final season at the San Siro saw the then Italian giants win a historic treble.
Following the success though, Inter have failed to win any more trophies, barring a Club World Cup title, and their stock has plummeted dramatically over the years, with the club even failing to make it into the Champions League in recent seasons.
Due to the failure, the Nerazzurri have seen a huge number of turnovers in managers in a bid to regain their elite status but have failed miserably to regain their past glories.
Now many have gone on to even criticize Mourinho for Inter’s current plight as critics believe that the 54-year-old did not plan for the future at the San Siro, which can be viewed as a valid argument by some and a ridiculous one by others.
The Portuguese tactician has often prioritized buying established players rather than grooming academy prospects into the first team and many have regarded this neglect of the youth as a short-term mentality, which he was perhaps guilty of at Inter.
The fact that Mourinho has not managed any team for more than three seasons in a row does not help to diffuse this idea that the ex-Real Madrid manager is indeed focused on winning trophies in the present at the expense of long term success of the club.
Mourinho, understandably has denied these claims in a recent interview though, where he argued that winning the titles was the real reasons he left his former clubs and explained that he did not compromise the team’s long term success for immediate results.
He also argued it was rather the contrary and that his successes were often the foundations for his previous clubs to earn further glory.
“If people say that because I win and leave, I have to accept that because in a certain period of my career I did that,” the Manchester United boss told the Times.
“When I win the Champions League, at Porto, at Inter, I disappear. I left Real Madrid when the club wanted me to stay. The only place I was sacked was Chelsea, but always after winning the title. If people say that because I move from club to club, they’re right, but I don’t think I am [short-termist].
“I prepare clubs for success, I think I prepare clubs in a way, where, when I leave, the new manager arrives at a top club. And that is not short-term even if you leave. If you’re in a club one or two years – or any job – if you leave a structure to be even more successful without you than with you, that’s not short-term. That’s long-term. That’s long-term.”
Mourinho has been one of the most successful managers in the world, having won domestic titles with almost every club he has managed so far, in addition to also leading Inter and Porto to a Champions League triumph.
Although Mourinho has been maligned by these accusations throughout his illustrious career, he has never failed to produce results wherever he has managed – establishing himself as one of the best managers of all time.