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-When Jose Mourinho realised as a teenager that he was never going to be a great player, he decided he was going to become the best coach in the world. At 42, many would say he's done that - probably including Mourinho, who has called himself the Special One. From translator and assistant to Sir Bobby Robson at Barcelona, to Champions League-winning manager at Porto and on to (potentially) Europe's most successful football club at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho's ascent has been rapid. Backed by Abramovich's billions, Mourinho has weeded out those not fully committed to his methods, has made several astute signings and has improved the game of many Chelsea stars. The result: in his first season, Chelsea won both the Premier League title and the Carling Cup. Patrick Barclay, award-winning football correspondent of the Sunday Telegraph, has written an intelligent, analytical and concise account of the psychology of Mourinho. To develop this portrait, he has interviewed those who have worked with him, such as Sir Bobby Robson and Louis van Gaal, as well as the players who provide a revealing insight into what has made Mourinho the most successful manager in the world at the moment.
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Patrick Barclay is the football columnist for the Sunday Telegraph and has won the Sports Journalist of the Year award. He has previously worked for the Independent, Guardian and Observer.Review:
"Excellent." -- Christian O'Connell XFM radio, 20 Sept "One of the most insightful and respected journalists working in the game... a compelling, believable profile." -- Leo McKinstry THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, 25 Sept "One of the UK's leading football writers assesses the UK's leading football manager... Barclay is always worth reading." OBSERVER SPORT MONTHLY, 2 Oct "This is a special book by a special writer. Five stars" FOURFOURTWO "'An illuminating, thought-provoking and highly entertaining book by one of Britain's sharpest and most erudite football writers'.' WORLD SOCCER "A fine biography" NEW STATESMAN, 19 December "A rounded and entirely fair portrait, written with a good deal of wit and insight." DAILY TELEGRAPH, 15 December "Barclay resists producing a straightforward biographical account of Mourinho's inimitable rise... he instead builds up an informal picture of the man via an unusual cast of faithful witnesses. It is this determination to search out the sometimes less obvious characters which makes this narrative so compelling. Barclay offers a detailed and contemplative study. a refreshing change." THE SCOTSMAN, 17 December "Well informed... it puts flesh on the headlines, usually with a well-informed phrase." THE INDEPENDENT, 17 December
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