Friday’s back pages provided further reasons for Chelsea fans to celebrate, as manager Jose Mourinho received his first individual accolade since returning to Stamford Bridge; the Barclays Premier League manager of the season. The Blues boss scoops the award ahead of fellow nominees Ronald Koeman, Garry Monk, Nigel Pearson and Arsene Wenger.
Following an impressive domestic season, in which the 2014/15 title winners have been beaten on just three occasions, the 52-year-old head coach – formerly of Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid – guided his side to their first league championship in five years, as well as winning the League Cup.
It is the third time Mourinho has been awarded the Manager of the Season accolade – the others also came after Premier League title triumphs in 2004-05 and 2005-06 – and by doing so he now ranks joint-second in the history books, with Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger also on three.
Speaking to Sky Sports after receiving the award, Mourinho said: “This is, as you like to say in England, the icing on the cake. But the cake is more important than the icing.”
“The cake is the Premier League, the cake is the objective of the manager, of the technical staff, of the squad, of the club and of millions of supporters. And I work for the cake, I don’t work for this. I am the manager of the season and obviously I’m very happy with this.”
Here is a look at how Twitter reacted to the Portuguese head coach’s most recent award:
Somewhat unsurprisingly, Chelsea fans were the first to congratulate ‘The Special One’.
— KECH (@Kechy_A) May 22, 2015
????????Congratulations @ChelseaFC???? Eden Hazard officially declared the Premier League POTY while Jose Mourinho named the Manager Of The Year!!???????? — Khadija Sattar (@Khadija1Musab11) May 22, 2015
However, there were a few Premier League fans who disagreed.
Jose is the more obvious choice but I think Garry Monk should have been Manager of the Year. Did an unbelievable job at Swansea this season
— Babanla (@biolakazeem) May 22, 2015
A select number of Tweeters correctly pointed out the following…
Jose Mourinho is (rightly?) named manager of the year even though he (oddly) didn’t win one monthly award.
— Anthony Hett (@anthonyhett) May 22, 2015
Meanwhile, this Arsenal fan is clearly intent on fuelling the Wenger vs Mourinho rivalry.
Jose Mourinho is named the manager of the season, but Arsene Wenger is still better. At least Wenger is consistent with 3rd and 4th. — Batman (@Dukhi_Engineer) May 22, 2015
Finally, our condolences go out to John Carver. We’re not quite sure how he fell short?
Jose Mourinho has been named Premier League Manager of the season. John Carver cruelly overlooked. — TheODDSbible (@TheOddsBible) May 22, 2015