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Dunphy: Chelsea boss like a bully
27 Apr 2015 21:09
Jose Mourinho, manager of champions elect Chelsea, has a deep-seated insecurity and traits of a bully, according to former Millwall player Eamon Dunphy.
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A 0-0 draw at Arsenal on Sunday has put the Blues within touching distance of the Premier League crown and Mourinho has rejected claims that his team are boring.
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The former Real Madrid manager, in his second spell at Stamford Bridge, has nurtured a siege mentality, which has resulted in the London side’s failure to endear themselves to neutral fans.
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RTÉ Soccer analyst Dunphy puts this down to their history and Mourinho’s personality.
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He told RTÉ Sport: “I watched [Chelsea captain] John Terry and the players after the match and John Terry turned to the Arsenal fans and he very vividly said, ‘F you!’
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“I understand this, for this reason: Chelsea has never been, until this era, a club of any consequence. They won the league in 1954/55 and that was it. There were always like Fulham or something.
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“Whereas Arsenal traditions go back to the '20s and '30s, as Manchester United’s go back to the '50s.
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“They’ve no real roots and they feel like they’re outsiders who have broken through. And I think that would be very much in John Terry’s mentality.
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“Mourinho has never played [at the highest level]. He is known in Barcelona as the interpreter ‘cos that’s how he got into the game, as an interpreter for Bobby Robson.
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“There’s insecurity in the club and in Mourinho. Now this is their pay-off, they’re just winning; they don’t care [how].
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“Mourinho is a fascinating guy in many respects but he has no sense of graciousness and he has no love to play the beautiful game – he wants to win and I think that's because of a basic deep insecurity he has.
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“He certainly has been disrespectful, not just of Arsene Wenger – he was disrespectful of [former Barcelona managers] Pep Guardiola, Tito Vilanova and lots of people.
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"He used to worship Alex Ferguson but that’s because Ferguson was the biggest boy in the school yard. So he has those classic things that a bully has.”
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