4 October 2017
Former Chelsea manager, now Manchester United gaffer, Jose Mourinho, has dismissed his famous ‘Special One’ title as ‘bull****’.
The Portuguese tactician revealed his true thoughts on the tag that has followed him for more than a decade during a ceremony in his home town of Setubal.
Mourinho was back in Portugal this week after having a road named after him.
It was the 54-year-old who declared himself the Special One when taking over at Chelsea in 2004.
Having led Porto to a shock Champions League triumph, he said during his first press conference at Stamford Bridge: “Please don’t say I’m arrogant, because what I say is true.
“I am European champion, so I’m not one of the bottle. I think I’m a special one.”
The name has followed him ever since – as well as the trophies.
But speaking at the unveiling of the newly-named Avenida Jose Mourinho on Tuesday, he revealed a more humble side to his personality.
“I come to Setubal because I love Setubal,” he said. “Because my friends call me Ze and leave the ‘Special One’ bull****.
“Setubal is still the only city where I feel like myself, Ze, Ze Mario. Where people treat me normally and make me feel good.
“I’m pure Setubal, with all the qualities and defects. This honour moves me.”
Mourinho added: “I am very grateful. I trade tributes for victories and this is the only one I wouldn’t trade.”
Setubal mayor, Maria das Dores Meira paid tribute to the former Inter Milan and Real Madrid manager, describing him as a “son of Setubal, a man of the world, a global personality.”
She added that he was “one of those Setubalenses who fill us with pride because he is really special, has a special talent, has special love for their land.”
Mourinho, who is still to buy a property in Manchester, instead choosing to base himself in a hotel in the City, would not confirm if he planned to return to Setubal one day.
“I do not know what I’ll do in post-football – I’ll be following children and grandchildren – but Setubal is always our home,” he said.