Joe Cole has showered the praise on his former manager Jose Mourinho

Former Chelsea winger Joe Cole has showered the praise on his former manager Jose Mourinho even though it is widely acknowledged that his career went downhill after the arrival of the Portuguese.

Cole was regarded as one of the few English players with immense technical abilities. He was seen as the next Paul Gascoigne, but his career has been on a downhill in the last five years due to a combination of injuries and poor form. Cole is now playing with League One outfit Coventry City while a number of his former colleagues have gone on to better things.

Cole recently witnessed Mourinho complete his second spell with Chelsea. The Portuguese manager left the London outfit on mutual consent after failing to recover the club’s poor start to the season. After managing to win the league title only seven months ago, the team finds itself just three points above the relegation zone. Even the talk of the top four finish has managed in recent weeks with Chelsea being expected to finish only around the top 10 places. Cole does not want to revel in the misfortune of Mourinho, who he has singled out as one of the best managers involved football.

This comes as a major surprise since Mourinho curtailed Cole’s skills with the ball during his first spell.”It is difficult from the outside to put your finger on what the problems are and usually when teams are not getting results, it is usually a collection of things but the main thing you have got to think about is you have got the best manager in the world there, fact.That is not down to opinion, he is the most decorated manager over the different leagues. I think for Chelsea to move forward they have to stick with the manager,” said Cole.