The mark of a good manager rests on several factors. While a trophy-laden resume and a warm personality that is loved by the media and supporters are certainly amongst the things a manager can excel in, the comments of the people they work with also hold a vital position.
Jose Mourinho has served at numerous destinations, nearly all of them being European giants, and as of such, a wide variety of talented individuals have had the chance to function under his tutelage.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise to see that even after it being years since Mourinho managed him, one star has nothing but praise for the Portuguese gaffer.
Eden Hazard, in a recent interview with Belgian newspaper HLN, says this about his tenure with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea: “If I’m now asked one coach with whom I want to work again, then I say: Mourinho.”
He goes on to add about Mourinho’s attitude towards players: “If the results are poor, he starts criticising his players – you know that, but afterwards I’ve been able to accept that, it’s part of his character.
In fact, his words may be the perfect advice for those stars at Manchester United who may be facing a hard time under their gaffer: “If you win, Mourinho is the best coach you can imagine.
“I do not regret many things in my career, but that I have not been able to work with Mourinho at Chelsea anymore (is one). We had a team to get a lot of prizes, but we just ended up in a negative spiral.”
Good results spurn on a good mood, no surprises there. However, one also has to question if Mourinho’s demeanor is the only thing at fault. Old Trafford has seldom seen performances as passionate as the 3-2 comeback against Newcastle, and that shows that some hope still remains.