Love him or hate him, Jose Mourinho is one of the most important and relevant football managers this game has seen in probably the last two or three decades, as the Portuguese has known how to become a respected figure in this world despite his antics and hateful statements.
Seven months after being sacked by Manchester United, the so-called Special One has dropped hints on his future plans, revealing that he doesn’t see himself going back to manage clubs; true to his style, the Portuguese has shocked everybody by stating that instead of coaching a club, his next gig will be as the manager of a national team.
We’ve recently seen him a pundit for broadcaster beIN SPORTS, where he shared exchanged opinions with his old nemesis Arsene Wenger, but that is not what Mou wants to do with his life right now. In an interview broadcast by Eleven Sports, the two-time Champions League winner revealed he still has the desire to face new challenges in the world of management.
“I want to compete in new competitions,” he said, as quoted by the Mirror. “I think about the World Cup and the European Championships.
“For a long time I have had the desire to try out such an adventure. Right now, I see myself more at a national team than with a new club.
“Is Portugal the right team for me? Not necessarily.”
Mou is one of the most successful club managers in the history of the game, winning titles in the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, and Primeira Liga as well as two Champions League among others, but now he aims to fight for different things, even though he doesn’t discard going back to manage at a club level.
“Winning a fifth championship in a different country or the Champions League with a third club are things I’d like to do.
“I wouldn’t do it just for that. I only go where a project convinces me.
“I want to be happy, not necessarily win, I want to be happy and I don’t want to accept a proposal without being convinced of it, that’s what I’ve always thought.
“That’s why if (a club) told me ‘today there are no conditions to win, but we want you to create the conditions to win’, then I would evaluate it.”
Many football fans wondered for quite some time how would Mourinho fare if he takes the reins of a national team, now the answer to that question could be closer than we think. We only have to wait and see which national side will give the Special One his first chance at an international level.