By Charles Wade-Palmer
A gran in love with Jose Mourinho has covered her body in 20 tattoos of the special one – costing her husband £800
Vivien Bodycote, 59, who admits she gets weak at the knees at the sight of Jose Mourinho in the back pages has dedicated her body to the football manager.
Viv’s husband Tony, 76, who retired from working with concrete over a decade ago has splashed £800 of his pension on tattoos of Jose’s face all over his wife’s body.
Viv said: “I rarely go into town and not come back with another Jose tattoo on my body, I must have 20 of just him. He’s not just the special one, he’s the only one.
“I would die if I saw him in the flesh and for Mourinho I would cheat.
“He’s gorgeous and every time I open the paper and see him I get gooey at the knees.
“The price of my tattoos has varied, I’ve had some bits of small writing done for around £60 but most recently it was £250. All in all I’d say it’s cost £800.”
Viv from Hinckley, Leicestershire has not been to a football match since the 90s with her late father but has become obsessed with one of the sport’s biggest names.
The Manchester United boss’ biggest fan shrugs off comments from neighbours who say she should follow her local side and not wherever Jose takes charge.
The grandmother-of-four who married her second husband Tony 15 years ago says she would not bat an eyelid if the opportunity arose for a passionate encounter with Mourinho.
Viv said: “There’s not a day I don’t look at pictures of Jose online, I’m addicted to Jose Mourinho.
“I get neighbours saying why don’t you support Leicester and all I can say is that I’m in love with a football manager.
“If he quits Manchester United and decides to go and manage a team in another country then obviously I will say goodbye to British teams and I’ll go there.”
“When my grandsons told me he was sacked from Chelsea, Christmas was cancelled and we had no dinner. I just wanted to give him a big hug and say it’s fine.”
Viv’s husband might not be anywhere as near as Mourinho crazy but he is more than happy to pay for her tattoos if it makes her happy.
Tony said: “Whatever she does she can get on with it, I don’t mind funding the tattoos. They’ve cost a lot but I don’t know how much exactly.
“I’ve never really had any interest in football until a few years ago but I still wouldn’t go to a game because I’m not into crowds but she’d love it.”
Viv said: “I’ve lost track now of how many tattoos I have because as soon as I’ve completed one project I’m just thinking about what comes next.
“Tony pays for them and drops me off at the tattoo parlour so obviously I don’t have a problem getting them.
“He’s pretty amazing to put up with what I do because I know some people wouldn’t like it.”
Viv left the design of her latest tattoo in the hands of her friend at Hinck Me tattoos who created the eight by five inch portrait of Mourinho and a generic footballer below.
Viv’s other tattoos include Jose’s eyes on her forearm, a few ‘Mrs Mourinho’ text tattoos and a heartbeat for Jose design on her left breast.
Viv said: “It’s the biggest one yet, I’m so pleased with this one I absolutely love it.
“I’ve become quite good friends with my tattooist and we’re even planning a holiday together next year.
“Wherever he goes I’ll support them and I’m always a bit deflated at the end of the season because he’s not on the TV all the time.
“He’s the whole package, he’s amazing. I obviously cannot wait for the season to start again so I can get my fix.
“I often give my opinion on the radio after matches and stick up for him if people are questioning his tactics following a defeat.”