Ferguson praises Mourinho as he's inducted into LMA's 1000 club

Sir Alex Ferguson leads the tributes to ‘outstanding’ Jose Mourinho as the Roma boss is inducted into the LMA’s Hall of Fame 1000 club ahead of landmark game in the dugout

  • Sir Alex Ferguson praised Jose Mourinho ahead of 1000th game as a manager 
  • The Portuguese coach has been inducted into the LMA’s Hall of Fame 1000 club 
  • Mourinho will take charge of 100th game when Roma host Sassuolo on Sunday 

Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed Jose Mourinho as ‘one of the managerial greats’ after the Portuguese was inducted into the LMA’s Hall of Fame 1000 club.

Mourinho, who has enjoyed a varied and trophy-laden career in the dugout, will take charge of his 1000th game on Sunday night when Roma host Sassuolo in Serie A.

Legendary former Manchester United boss Ferguson, a member of the LMA Committee and the 1000 club, was full of praise for Mourinho.

Sir Alex Ferguson (left) praised Jose Mourinho (right) after he was inducted into the LMA’s Hall of Fame 1000 club

Mourinho will take charge of his 1000th game when Roma face Sassuolo on Sunday night

Ferguson told the LMA website: ‘Reaching 1000 matches as a manager will be such a proud day for both Jose and his family and rightly so.

‘To reach this landmark as a manager is an outstanding accomplishment for Jose, particularly whilst excelling and winning titles in four European leagues and of course winning two Champions League trophies along the way. Jose’s achievements will always ensure that he is acknowledged as one of the managerial greats.

‘On behalf of the League Managers Association, congratulations and welcome to the Hall of Fame 1000 Club Jose.’

Mourinho has enjoyed much success, including winning the Champions League twice


2000: Benfica

2001-2002: Uniao de Leiria

2002-2004: Porto

2004-2007: Chelsea

2008-2010: Inter Milan

2010-2013: Real Madrid

2013-2015: Chelsea

2016-2018: Manchester United

2019-2021: Tottenham

2021-present: Roma 

Mourinho has won 25 trophies overall and boasts an impressive win rate of 63.76 per cent.

Commenting on his achievement, Mourinho, who was previously inducted into the LMA Hall of Fame in 2010, said: ‘I am obviously very pleased to be reaching the milestone of 1000 matches managed this weekend, but at the same time it is always in my nature to be looking forward to the next match instead of dwelling on those precious matches that I have experienced so far in my career.

‘To be inducted into the League Managers Association 1000 Club is an achievement that I am proud of and I thank the LMA for remembering this milestone and the many matches my teams have won during this time.’

After starting out at Benfica in 2000, he had a spell in charge of Uniao de Leiria and then moved to Porto, where he remarkably won the Champions League in 2004.

Mourinho headed to Chelsea and went on to enjoy much success, winning two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and two League Cups.

At Inter Milan Mourinho won the treble in the 2009-10 season and he proceeded to win the league and the Copa del Rey during his time at Real Madrid.

He subsequently returned to Chelsea and won the league and the League Cup again prior to a spell in charge of Manchester United, with whom he won the Europa League and the League Cup.

Mourinho wasn’t able to win any trophies in charge of Tottenham and is now managing Roma, with whom he has won all four matches in charge so far. 

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