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Mourinho — Anatomy of A Winner - Patrick Barclay

Orion, 2005, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Small ding to the upper panel near the spine and a tiny nick to the head of the same. Text complete, clean and tight.

2nd Impression. [First Edition: Same Year] Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white. From the cover: “Jose Mourinho is a winner. Upon realising in his late teens that he would never be a star footballer, he resolved to become the top coach in the wrorld and at 42 — an age when a star player might still be adjusting to the distinct skills of coaching — he has achieved his ambition.

Mourinho is not slow to sing his own praises. When he arrived in England from Portugal, having turned Porto into the champions of Europe, he called himself a Special One. And, as Patrick Barclay’s portrait reveals, false modesty has never been part of his make-up. Yet Mourinho proved his point within a year of his appointment at Chelsea by guiding the club to their first English championship in half a century.

Whether operating with relatively limited resources at Porto or, due to Roman Abramovich’s billions, the most lavish budget in the history of football, Mourinho treats his job the same. Outrageous ego, sensitive man-management, a rare gift for coaching and an infinite capacity for hard work — Mourinho has the lot.

Witnesses to the phenomenon include Sir Bobby Robson, under whom Mourinho got his big break. Robson and Everton manager David Moyes are just two of those who have helped Barclay to build this unique picture of an extraordinary man who had such a dramatic impact on the game in his first season in England and looks set to dominate football for years to come.”

Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 210 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.