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17/12/2015

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John F

I think the comparison between Ranieri's Leicester and Mourinho's Chelsea is shown best by Ranieri's Wikipedia entry on his time at Chelsea. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claudio_Ranieri#Chelsea. Basically, Ranieri built the Chelsea legend and Mourinho kept it going.

Mourinho is a man of great achievement: he has done extraordinary things in football, yet could not cope with mediocrity.

Though it has to be said, Mourinho has also lived most of his managerial career in a culture where a run of bad form means the sack. So I'd say Abramovich was unusually lenient on Mourinho. No European football is commercially very damaging and a vicious cycle to get into. Less TV money, less visibility for merchandising, crucially less money for top players who will need to be compensated for not playing European football, meaning less likelihood of getting back into Europe, meaning no bonus for the business-side bosses. (Although Wenger's Arsenal has never slipped as much as Mourinho's Chelsea, he has weathered many storms and campaigns for his removal because he has kept Arsenal in the Champions' League)

Bring back Avram Grant!

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