Jose Mourinho’s is renowned for getting the best out of players. Whether it is plucking out a talent from obscurity or putting his faith in an older player. Gwynn Williams was director of football at Chelsea during first spell in charge of the club – he talks to FourFourTwo and reveals the secrets to Mourinho’s success.
Trusting the players
Mourinho is very relaxed; but he’d have rules and curfews about going out. You had one chance or you’d be gone. If you showed that you could be trusted, he would give you more rope. Gianluca Vialli was paranoid about players eating pasta, ketchup, coke and things like that. Mourinho told them they could eat what they wanted because he felt it was important the players were happy. But he stressed that they had to perform. John Terry played nearly every game under him because there was a massive mutual respect there. There has to be mutual respect or it doesn’t work.
Keep players attention
He also understood how to keep players’ attention. He was punch and to the point. He explained how he wanted things to be done very quickly. He could see the players that would lose interest easily and those that were intelligent enough to give longer, more detailed instructions to. It was this man-management technique that set Jose apart from other coaches and you can see this rubbing off on the coaches that came through Chelsea at the time.
When Jose first came in, he wanted Didier Drogba because he’d given him hassle for Marseille the season before. We also spoke about David Villa for a long time but he really wanted Drogba. We brought in Mateja Kezman and Ricardo Carvalho and Tiago as well. The manager had this picture in his head of what needed changing. He’d send me out to look at specific targets and report between him and Villas-Boas. There was a triangle and keep it between ourselves. When I was Ken Bates’ right-hand man, I’d move the transfer forward with Ken. Jose did it with Roman and Peter Kenyon. Jose always loved a player with flair and ability.