Scott Oliver is a freelance cricket and football writer from Nottingham, England currently preoccupied with adapting his PhD thesis for publication as a book. His football stuff has appeared in The Blizzard magazine, and on TheFCF and Run of Play. Follow him on Twitter at @reverse_sweeper.
However much authority the José Mourinho that walked into the press conference on that warm July day in 2004 could mobilize, the one that walked out was one of rare, maybe unsurpassed authority who had literally seduced most of the press pack. Thereafter, The Special One would have his Anglophone audience largely eating out of his hand for the remainder of his three-and-a-bit years in charge at Chelsea.