Gwynn Williams was director of football at Chelsea during Jose Mourinho’s first spell in charge of the club and observed the unique style that Mou took with his coaching staff. Williams spoke to FourFourTwo and shed some light on the Manchester United manager.
Attention to detail
On his first day at Chelsea, he ordered everyone to report to the training ground – players and staff – for 7am. I had to get myself across London from Gerrards Cross at that time in the morning – it was a test to see how committed everyone was. Everyone got there on time apart from one player – Yves Ma-Kalamby. He made sure he knew about it. He then handed everyone a file for the first four weeks of the season. It had everything in it, from opposition, training, to how many points he wanted and the number of clean sheets. It gave the players a clear focus of exactly what they needed to do. They won their first four games and conceded just one goal.
Jose was comfortable speaking to the press and he was confident in his own ability. His biggest asset was his own self-confidence. He convinced the press and the players he was the real deal. He didn’t rule with an iron fist, but he brought with him two assistants, Baltemar Brito and Rui Faria, who were very vocal and passionate—they were warriors. He built a coaching team who really complemented one another; his assistants would really test the players and test each other. Jose is a good motivator and psychologically he’s very good at getting in players’ heads.
Coaching the coaches
Andre Villas-Boas did all the scouting reports at Chelsea, but he would go out every night with Jose and they would eat together and talk football. They were a team. They won things together at Porto, Chelsea and Inter. Brendan Rodgers was brought in to do the youth team through Steve Clarke. I wanted to bring in Gus Poyet, but in the end they went for Brendan and he watched the way Jose worked, he was methodical. Steve Clarke would watch Rui and Jose. The day after Steve Clarke would be doing the exact same thing and Brendan would then watch Steve. That was a big part of Jose’s management; he wanted his coaches to observe.