Bored Mourinho itching for managerial return

Friday, September 13, 2019

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MADRID, Spain (AFP) — Unemployed soccer coach Jose Mourinho has had enough of being on holidays, he told Spanish television yesterday, but has ruled out taking over an international outfit or joining someone mid-season.

Mourinho was fired by Manchester United in December 2018 after a two-year spell of relative success was overshadowed by the results of local rivals and rising football force Manchester City.

The Portuguese shot to fame as the upstart boss of surprise 2004 Champions League winners Porto, then became a superstar with his success and personality at Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and finally United.

He picked up the nickname “the Special One” when joining Chelsea, after saying they had been looking for a top manager and that he was a special one.

“I've had enough, I've really had enough,” said Mourinho yesterday, after being asked if he was enjoying his protracted break after years in the hot seat.

“I spent this summer like any other fan for the first time, now I understand how that feels,” he said.

With the European Championships swinging into view for 2020 the outspoken coach was asked if he would take on a national team.

“Maybe in ten years time,” said the 56-year-old.

“It's something I'd like to do, take a team to a European Championships or a World Cup, I can get into that,” he said.

“But two years of little games (qualifiers) wouldn't suit me... I like overseeing daily training and playing two or three games a week,” he said.

He ruled out joining a club before the start of the next campaign.

“I don't want to take over a club in January, I'd like to find a club that wants me to start for next season.”

Mourinho, who is doing a little TV punditry, said that his time at Madrid had been the most rewarding due to the rivalry with Barcelona.

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