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The Special One

A certain Portuguese manager (or, should I say, former manager) with just a hint of self-confidence is in Washington for MLS Cup festivities as a guest of league officials. The last time he was in Washington, a young DCU defender named Bobby Boswell sent his Chelsea club to an early deficit at FedEx Field.

Might he have a chat with Red Bulls folks while he's here? Hmmm.....

Welcome, Jose.

By Steve Goff  |  November 15, 2007; 9:32 PM ET
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Another foreign coach, another potential failure for hapless New York.

Posted by: Ed | November 15, 2007 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Please, please, please sign for New York. Then I can truly hate them with every bone in my body.

Jose's a putz.

Posted by: Trafalgar | November 15, 2007 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Make no mistake Jose is a soccer genious... MLS would lucky to get him period.

Posted by: Jose_Fan | November 15, 2007 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Jose may be a good coach...but he is also an arrogant jerk.

Posted by: Charles | November 15, 2007 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Wow, if Mourinho can take a squad of superstars at Chelsea and teach them to play the kind of dire, negative football that makes you lose your will to live, just imagine what he could accomplish at New Jersey.

Posted by: asfoolasiam | November 15, 2007 10:25 PM | Report abuse

The above post is pure quality!

Posted by: PJohnson | November 15, 2007 10:32 PM | Report abuse

"Jose may be a good coach...but he is also an arrogant jerk."

But doesn't that make him perfect for the New York area? He'd fit right in.

Posted by: seahawkdad | November 15, 2007 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Well said asfoolasiam!

Goff, does that post qualify for Soccer Insider's Quote of the year award?

Posted by: diddy 2.0 | November 15, 2007 11:00 PM | Report abuse

afoolasiam - very appropriate handle. Jose is a god.

Posted by: Matt | November 15, 2007 11:23 PM | Report abuse

I know we'll never ever win anything. But our history of ignomy would become the stuff of absolute legend if the Special One is hired and misses the playoffs.

While y'all gnash your teeth about what an indignity it is to have to slum about with the rest of us MLS teams, wishing you could battle it out with Boca and Barca every week, let me tell you something: you'll never be the best.

But we're onto something: we are on our way to being, as the Frankfurter Allgemeine called us in 1999, "The Worst Club in the World."

Bring on Mourinho!

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | November 15, 2007 11:30 PM | Report abuse

It's not happening. He wants way too much loot. I think its cool that he's going to the Cup though.

Posted by: DC United Fan | November 15, 2007 11:48 PM | Report abuse

There's no limit to how much money Red Bull will throw away. I'm not kidding. They have lots of money and no check on their bad ideas. This has at least a 20% chance of happening.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | November 15, 2007 11:50 PM | Report abuse

I could see a possible scenario of Jose taking the Red Bulls job for one season until the Portugal job opens up.

Posted by: SteveJW | November 15, 2007 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Can the Bulls use their Designated Player allocation to hire a coach?

Or better yet, will the MLS create a special league exception like the Beckham rule to create the Morhino rule?

inquiry minds want to know...

Posted by: justsayin' | November 16, 2007 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Could be wrong, but I'm quite sure the cap applies only to player salaries, and not coaching staff.

Posted by: asfoolasiam | November 16, 2007 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Since when did coaches count against the cap? o.O

Posted by: Edward | November 16, 2007 12:29 AM | Report abuse

What is happening in AMERICA, is soccer growing or what? Did anyone see how many tickets Seattle has sold already, and TFC. Man with the right tools and management thinks look like they are going up. I never recall a time when I was unaware of what is happening in MLS, now so much news is coming around I can't keep track of it. I have 30 fav pages dedicated to MLS and soccer and still find out new stuff daily. Its only a matter of time that those --- from the media start paying attention

Posted by: DC FAN | November 16, 2007 12:33 AM | Report abuse

This is awesome. I'd love to see Jose hamstrung by a salary cap and having to scout college soccer games to try and find prospects to fill out his roster.

He'd bring a ton of publicity to the league and fail like everyone else has so far in New York.

Posted by: Todd H. | November 16, 2007 1:01 AM | Report abuse

I would be more worried if I was Bob Bradley (though I don't think he's been bad at all) as Mourinho has talked about taking over a national team.

If he did sign with any MLS club I would be positively FLOORED.

Posted by: papa bear | November 16, 2007 1:15 AM | Report abuse

If Jose does come the salary cap would have to jump like 50 million dollars and that just ain't happening. I am curious about what the league has planned this offseason. I wonder will there be a cap increase in some way to compensate for expansion.

Posted by: Fire Chelsea Fan | November 16, 2007 1:33 AM | Report abuse

I would welcome Jose Mourinho to New York with open arms.

Posted by: 12th man | November 16, 2007 1:36 AM | Report abuse

I would welcome Jose to New York with open Port-o-lets.

Posted by: spectre | November 16, 2007 1:53 AM | Report abuse

Like others have alluded to, Jose would be a horrible flop in MLS where he wouldn't have the unlimited budget he had with Chel$ki.

"Salary Cap? Limit on International Players? What are you talking about?"

Posted by: AlecW81 | November 16, 2007 2:04 AM | Report abuse

I'll never forget what he did for Chelsea, aside from all the off pitch drama he was and still is a great mind when it comes to football.

Posted by: Texas Blue | November 16, 2007 3:00 AM | Report abuse

You fools, I am the special one, how can you doubt me? I will take New York and make it number one. I will threaten each player with being sent to the USL-1 and if they don't do what I want I will sign Drogba. If Drogba doesn't do what I want I will threaten him with USL-1 too. He will score many goals, we will win many games, have you know idea of my brilliance? No? I am the special one... MLS cup is mine if I choose.

Posted by: Jose M. | November 16, 2007 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Not a single chance that Jose Mourinho will come to coach NY. He won't even go to lower clubs in EPL or any other Europeon clubs alone coming to NY. He won't have any options to buy and sell players as he wishes to bring the club to winning side because the league is set up so differently here in the US. He is vacationing and it's nice to have him in the MLS Cup. As much as I hated him while he was at Chelsea, he is one of the best managers in the football world today. Everybody knows EPL misses him. His unique style of press talks give people planty to talk about. People who don't appreciate the foreign coaches need to be open minded a little bit and realize that this the way everywhere around world is and there is nothing wrong hiring forign couches or buying foreign players. If we have some very good coaches I am sure European league will buy our coaches, NO DOUTH.

Posted by: td | November 16, 2007 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Keep voting for Soccer Insider as the best soccer blog in the US. Use all of you co-workers' computers to vote (it's the week before Thanksgiving, they're not doing anything important anyway).

By voting for Soccer Insider, you are voting for lower taxes, free medical care, higher wages, 0% unemployment, and a trade surplus.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | November 16, 2007 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Mourinho is not taking a national team job. The Portugal job is already his for the taking, given that he is a God in Portugal and the incumbent is currently serving a suspension. Mourinho has said many times that he is "too young" for a national team (ie, it's boring).

We should be so lucky to get him. He has done nothing but overachieve at every place he has been. It was "impossible" for a Portuguese team to win the Champions League...until he did it. Then he won a haul of silverware in Spain and then won Chelsea's first premiership.

Remember, it ain't boasting if you can back it up.

Posted by: Troy | November 16, 2007 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Charles: Jose may be arrogant jerk, but so was Arena. They aren't hired to win personality contests, they're hired to win.

Mourinho knows how to do that.

Posted by: Dave | November 16, 2007 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Club Revenue - 2005/2006:
1)Real Madrid: £202m
2)Barcelona: £179.1m
3)Juventus: £173.7m
4)Man Utd: £167.8m
5)AC Milan: £165m
6)Chelsea: £152.8m
7)Inter Milan: £142.8m
8)Bayern Munich: £141.5m
9)Arsenal: £133m
10)Liverpool: £121.7m
Source: Deloitte: 2005/6

Total payroll of MLS - 2007:
$42m ~ £20m

Jose to MLS? You'll see Joe Torre coaching in Cuba first.

Posted by: Kuz | November 16, 2007 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Kuz - revenues do not equal payroll. if we were going by revenues, most of MLS would be in the red.

if the special one comes to new york, he's going to ignore salary caps and budgets and other such limitations. he is the special one and rules do not apply to him. also, there are players who would pay for the opportunity to play for him. if NYRB pays him enough, i'm sure he will find a way to get the players he wants.

Posted by: moses | November 16, 2007 9:07 AM | Report abuse

I'm special.
So Special.
I gotta have some of your
Give it to me.

Posted by: Jose Mourhino | November 16, 2007 9:34 AM | Report abuse

MLS - where ex-Chelsea managers go to continue their suffering.

Posted by: NY & LA | November 16, 2007 9:36 AM | Report abuse

moses - revenues do not equal profit. It is possible to have hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues and still show a loss. Revenue is cash in the door, not cash in the door less expenses.

Posted by: EdTheRed | November 16, 2007 10:10 AM | Report abuse

I second Dave's quote "Charles: Jose may be arrogant jerk, but so was Arena. They aren't hired to win personality contests, they're hired to win. Mourinho knows how to do that." Jose is all about winning and brings the best in soccer. Unfortunately, I don't think MLS is quite ready for him yet.

Posted by: Jose_Fan | November 16, 2007 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Did martin Jol get an invitation too?

Martin Jol to coach the I-270 Spurs. We've been trying for so long, but falling oh-so short, to win the most congested traffic spot in the US.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | November 16, 2007 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Re: Mourinho, don't make the mistake of inferring from his Chelsea stint (or to a lesser extent, his stay at Porto) that he requires unlimited money to succeed.

He really made his reputation at Leiria, where with a fraction of the money that the top clubs in Portugal have available, he took the team to a spot just behind the big three. I'm not surprised people don't know that about him, and make assumptions about a need for Abramovich's rubles, but he has proven he can win with a very small budget.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | November 16, 2007 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I'd welcome Jose to MLS with a pillowcase full of doorknobs.

Well, at least in my daydreams...

Posted by: the cheat | November 16, 2007 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Kev | November 16, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I hate the redbulls and wish them continued ill.

That said, jose has not lost a game at home since 2002. That's pretty cool. I would love for him to sign with the redbulls-what drama. I am la norte and verbally abusing the special one as he walks on the pitch would be great.

Posted by: i hate the redbulls | November 16, 2007 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Martin Jol to coach the I-270 Spurs. We've been trying for so long, but falling oh-so short, to win the most congested traffic spot in the US.

Is this anywhere near Geppetto's Restaurant?

Posted by: 22201 | November 16, 2007 1:16 PM | Report abuse

He wouldnt last a year here. He wouldn't be able to handle the lack of ability to buy the best players (forcing coaches to actually coach); and there wouldnt be enough attention to his team.

He's a complete jerk. He'd have a crummy season, then go back to Europe complaining about the poor quality of the league, just like all the other eurosnobs who have flopped here have done. No thank you.

Posted by: Hacksaw | November 16, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Ding ding ding ding! Congrats on incorporating Eurosnob!! My favorite word :-/

I don't like Mourinho, mostly because he managed Chelsea, but I won't argue that he's a bad manager. I don't know why he would come over here when he could get better jobs in Europe (sorry, the Industrial Wasteland Red Bullez struggling to make the MLS playoffs ain't exactly Barcelona - a job he might get in '08).

And forget the Chelsea money, he won the European Cup and UEFA Cup with Porto - who didn't have a Russian oligarch backing them. He knows what he's doing.

Posted by: Kev | November 16, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Geppetto's: Nice place. Nicer if they put in a few TVs and show soccer.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | November 16, 2007 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I think that any coach seaking a challenge should consider coaching the New York Red Bulls. So far, none have succeeded (and it's certainly not from lack of talent).

Posted by: TCompton | November 16, 2007 4:29 PM | Report abuse

The Red Bulls don't need any of these Euro big names. They already have John Harkes. He will be a great head coach, knows the players (and is well liked), is respected in the league, has played at the highest levels, all aground super person. Red Bull owners need look no further than John Harkes. Hire him and get on with the planning for 08.

Posted by: Tom | November 16, 2007 5:15 PM | Report abuse

This thread demonstrates the arrogance and insularity of many Americans perfectly.

There's more chance of you getting a gate with Angelina Jolie than Jose coming to the US.

Posted by: eurosnob and proud | November 17, 2007 2:07 AM | Report abuse

Jose would be great for the US mens national team because he would tell them all they are just a bunch of average players at best

Posted by: Rainier | November 18, 2007 11:06 PM | Report abuse

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