The Portuguese boss was one of his biggest rivals…
Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson has praised the managerial ability and looks of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, reports Goal.com.
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The Portuguese was one of the former Red Devils boss’ biggest rivals while he was involved in the game, but now that he has retired the Scot would appear to admire the Chelsea man. He claims that the 51-year-old’s ability to speak five languages and good looks mean that it is unfair on other coaches.
“It is unfair really,” the Scot told Clare Balding during a BT Sport documentary to be broadcast on Boxing Day.
“He’s good looking, he’s got that sort of George Clooney bit in his hair now. But I think he is a great example, he can speak five languages or whatever he can. He goes and becomes an interpreter for Bobby Robson, follows him to Barcelona, works under Louis Van Gaal; he is learning all the time,” he continues.
“He [Mourinho] has got a determination, he wants to be a coach.”
However, he also believes that the former Real Madrid boss’ career is an example of how far you can get if you can put your mind to it. Mourinho has become one of the greatest football managers ever, despite having never played the game professionally. It is extremely rare that a person with now playing experience would even get a job let alone become one of the best in football.
“He never played the game, by the way – you tell me how many presidents would give a manager a job who has never played the game? None. But he has done it,” the legendary manager said.
“Then he goes and manages a small team in Portugal, then goes to Porto and wins the league, wins the Uefa Cup, wins the European Cup, goes to Chelsea and wins the league. Goes to Inter Milan. That is an example to anyone who wants to do well, you shouldn’t let the barriers get in your way if you want to get there,” he continued.