Jose Mourinho, the new Roma head coach, thinks he has been a victim of his own success.
Mourinho, a former Inter manager, will return to Serie A in 2021-22 after being hired by Roma after his dismissal by Tottenham in April.
Mourinho succeeds Paulo Fonseca in Rome, where the Giallorossi have not won a league championship since 2001.
The Portuguese manager began his career with remarkable success, winning seven league championships and two Champions Leagues in eight seasons with Porto, Chelsea, Inter, and Real Madrid.
He has, however, won only one league championship since the start of the 2012-13 season — the Premier League with Chelsea in 2014-15.
Indeed, Mourinho won only 51.2 percent of his matches at Tottenham and departed empty-handed.
According to Marca, an excerpt from a forthcoming book titled ‘Stay Crazy and Hungry’ suggests that Mourinho believes his early success fueled an obsession with winning, which hasn’t always served him well in subsequent years.
“I’ve been a victim of my own making and, if I could, it’s one of the things I’d never do again,” Mourinho added.
“I won, won, won, and entered a state of mind where losing seemed to be the end of the world.
“I, personally, made out that training, games, and the job were all about winning, winning, winning, and then, when I encountered situations where winning was exceedingly difficult, which is acceptable for other coaches, it was never enough in my case.
“Not winning is considered a failure, but that is not the case.”
Mourinho has had public clashes with a number of his players during his successful career, most notably with Manchester United’s Luke Shaw.
Mourinho was United’s manager from 2016 until his dismissal in 2018, and he was often critical of the left-back.
Shaw recently unleashed a blistering attack on Mourinho and his “abnormal” personal agenda, claiming that “clearly, I’m in his head.”
However, the 58-year-old seems to have no remorse about his treatment of some players.
“I always tell the players that they will find an honest guy with me,” he said.
“They’ll find a man who will tell you the truth, both what you want to hear and what you don’t want to hear.
“While some may argue that I was a bad coach and a b*, no one can argue that I was not serious or honest.”