What could have been?
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that his wife talked him out of taking the England job and that he is happy that she did, reports Goal.com.
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The Blues boss was apparently interested in succeeding Steve McLaren in 2007, and had even begun to think of who would be in his first squad before changing his mind. At the time the Three Lions had just failed to qualify for Euro 2008, and were at a very low ebb.
However, his wife Matilde Faria apparently made him realise that he would have become bored in between international games. The Portuguese then went on to take the job at Inter Milan, where he won the treble before going to Real Madrid and eventually returning to England with Chelsea.
The 51-year-old’s partner told him that he would not be able to deal with the breaks between games for at least twenty years. Maybe then we will see how he can do with the national team?
Speaking to Clare Balding for a BT Sport Christmas Day Special, ‘Clare Balding Meets’, he revealed, “She was right. Too early for me,” he recalled. “I love the day-by-day [of club management], I love to play, I love the pressure of the day-by-day, the training, the travelling, the matches, the competitiveness.
“I remember clearly there was a moment where the next match for England would be in Paris, France v England, a friendly match – and I was already thinking about who to select, who to play, how to do it,” he added.
“She came to me and said: ‘When is the next match? Ah, the next match is in two months. What are you doing for two months, what are you doing, what are you thinking?’ She was saying: ‘Forget it, it’s not for you. Maybe in 20 years.”