Sir Alex Ferguson has paid tribute to Jose Mourinho as the former Manchester United manager became the latest member of an elite group of managers to reach 1,000 games in management.
Mourinho, 58, will take charge of his 1,000 game as Roma manager this weekend in a home time against Serie A opponents Sassuolo.
Although he only managed to win the Europa League and League Cup during his time at Old Trafford, Mourinho’s CV also includes two Champions League triumphs and domestic titles across Europe.
To many, the Portuguese coach is regarded as one of the greatest coaches of all-time, but it very much depends on who you are talking to because there are several reports of the contrary when it comes to Mourinho.
Especially his behaviour at times and the lack of man management that comes with his coaching methods. For instance, the remarkable rise of Luke Shaw would not have happened if Mourinho remained manager in 2018. Thankfully Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was able to come in and ensure that he’d become one of the best left-backs in the world, currently.
Ferguson, who initially gave the United job to David Moyes over Mourinho back in 2013, told the LMA website: “Reaching 1000 matches as a manager will be such a proud day for both Jose and his family and rightly so.
“To reach this landmark as a manager is an outstanding accomplishment for Jose, particularly whilst excelling and winning titles in four European leagues and of course winning two Champions League trophies along the way.
“Jose’s achievements will always ensure that he is acknowleged as one of the managerial greats. On behalf of the League Managers Association, congratulations and welcome to the Hall of Fame 1000 Club, Jose.”