Thanks very much, Mrs. Mourinho!
Chelsea’s maverick manager Jose Mourinho reckons he would have already taken the England job, hadn’t his wife not persuaded him out of it!
Mourinho recently took charge of a Rest of the World XI that beat an England side in the SoccerAid charity match at Old Trafford, and made these comments after the 4-2 victory.
“How close was I to taking the England job? This close,” the Mirror reports.
Instead of taking the job, Mourinho moved to Italy and won the Champions League with Inter Milan, before moving to Spain and collecting the title with Real Madrid, before finally returning to Stamford Bridge last season – where he previously won back to back titles a decade ago.
Asked if he regretted the decision to turn down the Three Lions, Mourinho claimed he wasn’t, mentioning that the gap in between international tournaments would leave him feeling unfulfilled.
“No, it was the right decision – my wife was right. She told me not to take it. We are not speaking about the job today, we are talking about seven years ago, and I cannot wait two years for a big competition.
“I cannot be spending two years playing against Kazakhstan and San Marino. It’s not for me, and she was right.
“What will I do during the week? I go to see the players training with their teams, I ask for permission to spend time with them and to have individual coaching with them. I have work to do with them, I can improve things, I want to participate in their evolution blah, blah, blah…”
Instead, England now have the former West Brom, Fulham and Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson in charge – and many fans will no doubt be ruing Mourinho’s decision to not take the helm of the national side.
All eyes will be on Hodgson’s set-up in the current weeks however, with the ageing boss set to lead his team out at the World Cup in only a matter of days time.