Stead humbled Mourinho's Chelsea while at Bradford and now he's looking for another knockout with Notts County: 'Jose came in, shook my hand and said "big balls!"'
One of Jon Stead's career highlights came in an FA Cup tie that finished with Jose Mourinho praising the size of his cojones, so perhaps we should not be surprised he has some bold ideas on making such moments more beneficial for smaller teams.
Stead enjoyed a starring role in Bradford's stunning comeback victory against Chelsea three years ago and now the Notts County striker is aiming for another fourth round knockout against Premier League opposition when Swansea visit Meadow Lane. Just as in 2015, Stead has scored in each of the first three stages of the competition and hopes that represents something of an omen.
He is also thinking about how the vast riches generated at the top of the game could be redistributed for the better of those clubs trying to spring a shock. The ideas are not fully fleshed out but provide food for thought nonetheless, beginning with the £1.8million awarded to the eventual winners.