Jose Mourinho has rejected the suggestion that he is a short-term manager and aimed an unsubtle dig at rival
boss Arsene Wenger, who has not won a league title since 2004.The Manchester United manager has never lasted four full seasons at any of the clubs he has been at in his career, lending weight to the notion that he does not lay the building blocks for long-term success.But Mourinho has rubbished those claims, citing the successes many of his former teams have enjoyed in the immediate years after his departure.
‘If people say that because I win and leave, I have to accept that because in a certain period of my career I did that,’ he explained in an interview with The Times.
‘If people say that because I move from club to club, they’re right, but I don’t think I am [short-termist]. I prepare clubs for success.
‘I think I prepare clubs in a way where, when I leave, the new manager arrives at a top club. And that is not short-term even if you leave.
‘If you’re in a club one or two years — or any job — if you leave a structure to be even more successful without you than with you, that’s not short-term. That’s long-term. That’s long-term.’