Jose Mourinho's PR meltdowns show no signs of stopping

The self-christened "special one" Jose Mourinho is finding himself in unfamiliar territory this season after overseeing Chelsea's worst Premier League start in history.

Photo credit: John Walton/PA Archive/PA Images
Photo credit: John Walton/PA Archive/PA Images

Normally a showman who revels in entertaining the media, the Chelsea manager’s recent confrontational behaviour during press conferences suggest he is under intense pressure.

It's pretty clear that advice from Chelsea's PR team for the larger-than-life personality is falling on deaf ears.

Two controversial incidents stand out in the season so far, the most recent being Mourinho's spat with BBC reporter Ben Smith.

The Chelsea manager did not take kindly to being asked about why he struggles at clubs in his third season in charge, losing patience with the reporter and telling him to Google the answers to his "stupid questions".

The bigger talking point took place on the first day of the season in August when Chelsea drew 2-2 with Swansea. Mourinho was visibly irate when his medical staff ran onto the pitch to treat Eden Hazard in injury time - a move that left the team with eight players on the field.

Instead of letting the incident blow over and dealing with behind closed doors, Mourinho decided to publicly criticise his medical staff, despite the fact they appeared to be following the correct protocol.

Reports indicate that many Chelsea staff members were unhappy with the heavy-handed way the situation was dealt with.

"I wasn't happy with my medical staff because even if you are a medical doctor or secretary on the bench, you have to understand the game," Mourinho told reporters post-match.

"My medical department left me with eight fit outfield players in a counter-attack after a set-piece and we were worried we didn't have enough players left."

The use of the word "secretary" and subsequent banishment of Dr Eva Carneiro from first-team duties led to accusations of sexism - and Chelsea could still find itself on the end of legal action.

Football is a short-term, results-based business and while loses would continue piling on the pressure, a few back-to-back victories could result in a return to the more laid-back Mourinho that the media has known - and loved - in the past:

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