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- Print Length: 248 pages
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- Publisher: Bennion Kearny (11 Nov. 2013)
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- Language: English
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- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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Kelly consequently succeeds in turning what may at first seem like one of the book's limitations into a virtue, as he manages to elicit an array of honest and insightful assessments of one of the world's most feted coaches. The book is particularly strong in its portrayal of Mourinho's early days as a football-obsessed youngster and an aspiring coach who manages to persuade Bobby Robson to hire him first as a translator and eventually as an assistant. These initial passages effectively depict the aspects of Mourinho's character that helped him to come from nowhere and quite quickly establish himself as one of the sport's most knowledgeable minds. It gives a sense of the drive, the emotional intelligence and the intimate knowledge of the sport that he has rapidly acquired, despite having an undistinguished career as a footballer himself.
Moreover, one particularly memorable passage from the book contains an interview with Irish comic and Mourinho impersonator Mario Rosenstock. Rosenstock recalls his disbelief when Mourinho improbably invited him over to perform in front of the Chelsea team on the eve of a game with Everton, describing some memorable anecdotes from the ensuing encounter and revealing his own fascinating take on exactly why the manager was so keen to befriend him.
So all in all, this book is likely to be of interest to Mourinho aficionados and casual fans alike - a well-written, consistently illuminating and highly enjoyable read. Paul Fennessy
'José Mourinho: The Rise of the Translator' is a collection of 23 interviews chronicling the Portuguese natives' path to glory from humble beginnings to heady days and nights with Porto, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea.
Unlike the bland autobiographies and sporting titles that regularly flood the Christmas market, Kelly's decision to interview the individuals who worked with Mourinho during his early days, including former university tutors, help give a fresh perspective to the story of the self-proclaimed special one.
Mourinho's warm relationship with the late Sir Bobby Robson shows another side to the Chelsea manager's character rarely seen on screen or in newspaper interviews and is one of the most poignant story arcs in the book.
I thoroughly enjoyed 'José Mourinho: The Rise of the Translator' and would recommend it to not just Jose Mourinho and Chelsea supporters but any football fanatic in search of a quality sporting title.
Ciaran Kelly is an author and football writer you are going to hear a lot more about in the coming years and his latest book is an engaging read.
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