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WHAT PHILOSOPHY?

Mourinho slams managers lauded for style over substance

In Summary

• Mourinho has been doing some punditry work for BeIN Sports 

• Managers should focus more on silverware than philosophies

Jose Mourinho during a past match
Jose Mourinho during a past match
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Jose Mourinho has hit out against managers who are lauded for their long-term philosophies, claiming there is no point having one if it doesn’t lead to trophies.

The Portuguese boss was sacked by Manchester United in December after a woeful start to the season and the club looking increasingly likely to miss out on Champions League football.

His reign at Old Trafford left a stain on Mourinho’s managerial record after successful spells at Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Porto earlier on in his career.

Since leaving Old Trafford, Mourinho has been doing some punditry work for BeIN Sports and has been as brutally honest as ever.

He has now claimed that managers who are building for long-term success, such as Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino at Liverpool and Tottenham respectively, should focus more on silverware than their philosophies.

Mourinho said: “I won titles everywhere I have been and I cannot run away from my mentality. Some coaches like to sell the idea of philosophy, but you have to sell the philosophy after you win. If you win nothing, what is the point?

“If your team plays very well, your team wins, so I don’t like these contradictions we have in football nowadays.”

Mourinho recently admitted he is targeting a return to club management this summer. The was linked with a return to former club Real Madrid before they re-appointed Zinedine Zidane earlier this month.