Sack Race: Mourinho odds slashed, are his methods outdated?

Date published: Wednesday 21st September 2016 11:51

Jose Mourinho: As short as 16/1 to get the boot first

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Mark Hughes leads the way in this season’s Premier League Sack Race, but Jose Mourinho is the big mover and we investigate if his managerial style could cost him his job.

1. Mark Hughes 

Mark Hughes

Generally a 20/1 poke at the start of the season Mark Hughes is as short as evens to get the boot first this season after a poor start.

Sunday’s capitulation at Crystal Palace leaves Stoke with just a point from their first five games – a point they picked up on the opening day against Middlesbrough.

The summer arrivals of Joe Allen, Bruno Martins Indi, Wilfried Bony and Ramadan Sobhi raised hopes of an improvement in their ninth-placed finish in the Premier League, but as Hughes accepted on Sunday they are in danger of letting that get away from them already.

Hughes’ Stoke have been a model of consistency in the last three years with ninth place theirs for the last three years and Hughes has targeted a higher finish this time around. However, defensively, where Stoke were so strong under Tony Pulis’ reign, the Potters have been awful.

They have conceded four goals three times already this season – although two of those results were against highly-fancied Manchester City and Tottenham. So Stoke have had a tough start with a trip to Everton also thrown in and that will surely have been considered by chairman Peter Coates, who has backed Hughes.

However, the fact that they have conceded 14 goals this term and 50 this year cannot hide the fact that defensively Hughes had problems last season too.

2. Tony Pulis


Generally a 7/2 shot Tony Pulis looks a touch of value given his history of walking away from jobs.

TP walked away from Crystal Palace after just eight months in 2014. On the eve of the season, after taking his bat and ball home over his transfer budget, he quit at Selhurst Park. And there have already been signs friction on that front with West Brom with Pulis recently suggesting the club’s incoming transfers were not his targets.

The Albion faithful are also far from happy with Pulis’ style of play, however the weekend’s win over West Ham was much needed and if he can follow that up in the next few weeks then he may buy himself some time, but if he does go it will most likely be his decision and may be at any time.

3. Francesco Guidolin


There were fears over the Swansea boss’ health last season and rumours of Brendan Rodgers’ return were rife, but that never materialised and Rodgers went to Celtic.

Guidolin penned a two-year deal, but things have not gone according to plan this term with just four points and four goals scored.  A 5/1 chance Guidolin looks all set for a difficult season after an uninspiring transfer window.

4. Slaven Bilic


After a brilliant punditry display with the BBC at Euro 2016, things have gone down the pan for West Ham.

The move to the Olympic Stadium has been difficult and defeats to West Brom and Watford have piled the pressure on Bilic, who said he was embarrassed at the half-time, losing 3-0 to West Brom.

The Croatian has demanded a reaction and the end to individual mistakes and he looks capable of turning things around and BetVictor share that view with him quotes at 8/1. Paddy Power are not quite so confident and have Bilic as short as 5/1.

5. Alan Pardew

6. David Moyes

7. Aitor Karanka

8. Claude Puel

9. Walter Mazzarri

= Next permananet Hull boss

11. Sean Dyche

= Arsene Wenger

= Eddie Howe

= Jose Mourinho

Charged in from 100/1 ahead of the weekend to as short as 16/1 with Coral after Manchester United’s defeat to Watford and the ensuing fall-out.

The Portuguese boss had not dealt with things well and suggestions that his heavy-handed approach may well be outdated have some validity.

He has now lost 11 of his last 21 Premier League games and although the majority of those were with Chelsea before his ill-fated return ended in the sack, there are already similar signs emerging at Old Trafford.

Things were going swimmingly and ‘United were back’ ahead of the Manchester derby. But the manner of the defeat against their city rivals had alarm bells ringing and throwing Jesse Lingard and new boy Henrikh Mkhitaryan under the bus after hauling them off at half-time was ill-judged. And with just a month of the season gone he followed those comments up with suggestions some of his players could not deal with the pressure before hammering Luke Shaw in the aftermath of the 3-2 defeat to Watford.

Mourinho referred to Shaw as “our left-back” – hardly discreet, but hugely divisive. It’s hard to see how trust can be developed between players and manager when, at the first sign of trouble, the boss is calling you out in the press. You can only imagine what was said in the privacy of the dressing room.

But at 53 years old are his brash management style outdated?

He has already upset a number of his squad and failing to add new blood to his backroom staff and the lack of new ideas and fresh thinking may well be becoming exposed.

15. Antonio Conte

= Claudio Ranieri 

= Ronaldo Koeman

=Jurgen Klopp 

19. Mauricio Pochettino

20. No manager to leave

= Pep Guardiola

Matthew Briggs

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    Mark Hughes leads the way in the Premier League Sack Race, but Jose Mourinho is the big mover and we focus on his managerial style.

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    It’s hard to know if a managerial style is outdated. Mourinho’s comments on the weekend regarding Luke Shaw were ill judged but he has attempted to make up for that in some way by saying that the players are still being stifled by the way they used to play under LVG. Previously Mourinho was a master at courting controversy in order to protect his players by drawing attention to his comments and actions and away from what happened on the field. He hasn’t necessarily gone down that road since his time at Utd which may be where things have changed rather than his abrasive managerial style.


    I don’t think its his methods that get questioned as much, it is usually his interviews and actions that cause the most drama. He is likely to have some pressure for a couple of weeks now until he gets a run of good results. It will be interesting to see how handles this pressure.


    I have always been a great Mourinho admirer, but last season I did wonder whether his methods had become outdated. He always likes to talk about controlling the game. In his first stint at Chelsea, this worked perfectly in that we always had loads of possession, and moved the oppos around a lot and tired them out. Certainly at home this would often lead to us being say 1-0 up at half time, and would often score late goals when the oppos tired. However, in his second spell, this didnt work nearly as well, because the opposition are now generally of much higher quality, fitter and better coached than they were 10-12 years ago. In general this means they dont tire. It struck me that in “controlling the game” we were then becoming very stagnent, expecting to feed off oppo errors that wouldnt come, and we were just not creating chances, as there was very little movement off the ball. You then only have to look at Leicester’s success with a counter-attacking game backed by an extremely well organised defence, to see that Mourinho had not adapted to today’s reality. I stress I still have great admiration for him, and enormous gratitude for what he has achieved at Chelsea, including a recent premier league title, but I am beginning to wonder why it seems to be taking so long for him to make what seems to be a much needed and necessary adaptation to his approach.


    I think he is being sussed by better managers. The comment re players being stuck in Van Gaal mode is classic Jose and pure bullshit.

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    One thing about Mourinho that I think is relevent, is he was never a good player was he? I’m not sure if he even knows how to develop players, as he’s never trained and coached up to a high level himself. He tends to just buy ready made players.

    He was however a master pshychologist and good tactician, capable of getting all his players working together and getting behind him. But in recent years, he’s been losing that a bit, with his outspoken comments that are clearly going to divide the camp. Real Madrid players have come out and said they were relieved when he left. There were some problems last year with Chelsea. And there’s even talk that he’s lost the Utd dressing room already.

    I don’t think his methods are dated, but I do think he’s changed in recent years, and for the worse.



    Mourinho seems to be heading in the same direction as his last season at Real and then again second season in second spell at Chelsea, upsetting his own dressing room by publicly and personally humiliating his players. Whether what he says is right or wrong, these kind of comments belong in the dressing room only, or like in Luke Shaw case, face to face. In his first stint at Chelsea, there were no shortage of complaints and comments on referees, other managers, press and other teams players, but he stood firm by his own players. This is what has changed the most and seems to be loosing him his third dressing room in a row.

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