This week, Scott admittedly takes a shot low at Jose Mourinho and explains why he would be a bad boss to work for. Click Play in the Soundcloud link below, or read the transcript below.
I'm not a Manchester United fan. However, I try really hard as a responsible podcast co-host not to come across as a Manchester United hater. I want fans of all 20 clubs in the Premier League to feel like they can listen to our podcast and get the Fantasy Premier League analysis they need while having fun along the way.
But I have to confess something to you. Every week, when I do this Scott's Shot monologue, I have the same thought: should I take a shot at Jose Mourinho this week? So far, since Gameweek 1, I've resisted the urge. However...
My name is Scott Wiebe, and this week, I'm going to take a shot at Jose Mourinho. After all, this might be my last chance.
Most of us have had a boss at some point in our lives. Maybe you've had both good bosses and bad bosses. While it is impossible to create a universal standard for either category, I believe the following statements to be true: A good boss is someone who understands what needs to be accomplished, takes the necessary steps to accomplish that work, and inspires his employees to carry the work out.
A bad boss, depending on your perspective, is unable to do all three of those things. For instance, if the boss doesn't succeed at creating a game plan that can lead to accomplishing business goals, he or she will not last. If a boss knows how to make a company succeed but alienates his or her personnel, then the result is also failure but for a different reason.
That last kind of boss is Jose Mourinho. He knows what it means to succeed in world football: win trophies. And he has done it with lots of clubs over multiple countries. However, this whole "third-year" thing is real. And it's why he can never last.
Jose Mourinho is a scorched-earth kind of boss. He gets what he needs, but he runs over his players to do it. He knows no other way.
Think of all the Manchester United players that he has alienated over the past two-plus years: Martial, Pogba, Rashford, Alexis, etc. Very few players thrive under Jose. At best, they survive until after his third-year firing.
Now, the trophies he's won during the first two years at each club -- sure, you can point to those and say that he's been successful. I would say that he's been successful.
But he's not a good boss. You don't want to work for him. The problem for Jose is that football never stops. There's always another competition, another season.
It's time for him to go. It's likely he will find another club (hopefully, in another country). If he never manages again, though, one thing is certain: no one wants to be around a former boss who it sucked to work for. Which means that he'll only have his trophies to keep him company.