September 25th, 2008
01:47 PM ET

Scolari the entertainer

What a breath of fresh air! Luiz Felipe Scolari has reinvigorated Premier League coverage for journalists, giving us plenty of material to analyze and the discuss.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Scolari's unique sense of humor is making Chelsea's news conferences entertaining once again."]

After the lack of charisma and personality of the previous Chelsea manager Avram Grant, this is a blessing! It would be fair to say there has not been a love affair so intense between the media and a manager since the arrival of Jose Mourinho.

When the Portuguese coach hit the English shore and proclaimed he was "The Special One", he gave the English press plenty of meat to sink their teeth into. Scolari may not see himself as being special, but he certainly is a joy to watch and hear.

I have had the pleasure of attending several Scolari press conferences this season, and they have all featured at least one or two comments that have made me smile or chuckle - the so called "gold nuggets".

There was the first press conference, back in August, when he was asked whether he was going to sign Kaka. His reply? "This is the time for speculation. As well as Kaka, I can sign Joao, Pedro, Ambrosio and also, how about these friends of mine from the Portuguese press? I can sign them too....."

When he addressed the media before his first Champions League game against Bordeaux, Felipao was at his best. The Brazilian manager was asked if he was planning to rest some players, considering Chelsea had a match against Manchester United four days later. No-one could have predicted his reaction: "I am not resting any players because the match against Bordeaux is the only match I am thinking about. You know why? Because I may die before Sunday. So this match now is the most important!" Classic...

His sense of humor has impressed the traditionally tough English journalists, and if the positive results continue to roll in, then we will surely continue to see the lighthearted and joking nature of Big Phil.

What will happen if Chelsea loses? That'll be interesting to see... From my time following him in Portugal, I can tell you that he does have quite a temper! Whatever his reaction, one thing is for sure - there should be plenty of material for us journalists to feast on!

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  1. Musa-swaziland

    Scolari,our hope.he will be d manager of the season 4 sure.

    September 25, 2008 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  2. lucy

    Brazil is country of the future!

    September 25, 2008 at 7:33 pm | Reply
  3. The media will feast and we will starve waiting for substance

    I am more intersted in sports results.

    September 25, 2008 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  4. Pedro Mateus

    Popular until it lasts! The problem that Scolari has right now in the UK is that the press always transform him into what he isn't. He is good with the press but you are very right when you say that he has a temper and that is the side that the UK press haven't seen yet but love to feast on. He will be loved until things go wrong and i think that things will start to go wrong in a couple of months because he doesn't have the same mighty strength that Mourinho has when problems start to occure. The problem of being a manager at Chelsea is that Mourino will always be there to haunt any coach that comes along and what Chelsea fans want are results. Avram Grant was being liked even though he had a foul mood but he was unlucky at the end of the season not being able to achieve the two objectives that they faught hard to acjive wich was the CL and Premiere League.
    I still wish him luck and hope he does better then what he did with Portugal!

    September 25, 2008 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  5. Mauro

    Big Phil has always been like this... he uses to be a good coach too.

    September 25, 2008 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  6. sara bakata

    Ok Pinto, he finally lost the home ground winning record to the best!!! What did he say??? To say the least, that was the scrappiest game ever by the Blues at the Bridge! They were totally out of their depth, outplayed in midfield and the front. Terry completely disappeared on the left wing! So how much temper did Big Phil lose?

    October 28, 2008 at 2:25 pm | Reply
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