While Jose Mourinho did plenty to raise the profile of Chelsea Football Club, he didn’t always go about this in a positive manner. The Portuguese manager regularly created a siege mentality and rubbed plenty of football supporters up the wrong way with his lack of grace in defeat, not to mention constantly reiterating that his team were the moral winners.
It’s clear that Roman Abramovich had had enough of the way Mourinho was managing his football team, and Sporting Life reports that Peter Kenyon is delighted with the positive impact that Phil Scolari has brought to the club. While the Brazilian was obviously brought in to win trophies, it’s also important for Chelsea to expand the brand globally, something that is eminently more achievable when you have a friendly team manager.
“He’s got a very good people manner about him,” said Kenyon. “He’s an experienced coach who engaged with the team and club – and the media – very quickly.
“It’s created a better, less negative environment. It’s always better to have people, internally and externally, supporting you.
“It’s immeasurable in terms of Chelsea’s image. People don’t like to be hated. We are all human beings and Felipe has clearly engaged with a broader neutral football fan. He is bringing something different to English football.”
The new Chelsea manager is clearly more respectful to opposition teams and managers than Mourinho. After recently losing 1-0 to Liverpool, he held his hands up and admitted that the Reds deserved their victory, something that his predecessor before last would almost certainly not have done. Has your impression of the Blues changed since they got hold of a decent respectable man to coach them?