Jose Mourinho says he’s prepared to be “patient” for his next job in an illustrious managerial career.
The 56-year-old Portuguese tactician is currently enjoying a break away from the game after being dismissed as Manchester United coach last December.
Since leaving Old Trafford the two-time European Cup-winning coach has enjoyed a punditry role but, as much as he enjoys discussing the beautiful game, Mourinho is seeking to return to the dugout.
Mourinho’s next gig will be his ninth different appointment – having managed eight clubs to date (Chelsea twice) – but his reputation of managing super clubs means he needs to be patient given there’s no apparent vacancy.
Also, understandably, there are certain requirements from his end. Mourinho, who knows beggars can’t be choosers, wants to end up in a place where there’s love for him.
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“The most difficult thing for me is saying ‘no’ to the possibilities. I had to work, because, inside of me, I [always] have that impulse of wanting to work. [If] I have an opportunity to work, [I want to say] ‘let’s work’. To say ‘no’ is very, very, very, very difficult,” he told Sky Sports.
“Why do I say ‘no’? I say ‘no’ because it’s not [at] the level of challenge that I want. But, with all respect to the possibilities I have had and the clubs involved, I want the right to choose the people who are ‘Mourinhista’ – like people say in Portugal, Spain and Italy – ‘Mourinhista’ is someone who is a fan.
“The ‘Mourinhistas’ want me where I belong, so, for me now, it’s not a question of [saying], ‘okay I have this offer and I’m going to take it’. I have to be patient and wait for the right opportunity and the right opportunity is one that is at the same size and the same level that I am as a manager.
“It is the most difficult thing because I have the impulse during this period, so many times to say ‘Yes, I go’. But no, I cannot go. I cannot go. I have to wait for the exact right one. I [have] never told who [is the right one]. I never do that. Lots of respect for the people that think I am the right guy for them and I never do that.”
Where could Mourinho end up? Five key things to know…
- Mourinho is the only manager to win the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga.
- He’s in coached in four different countries to date, including his native Portugal.
- Mourinho has, in the past, spoken of his desire to coach the Portuguese national team.
- He was recently linked with the Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich jobs.
- Mourinho is fluent in five languages – English, Portuguese, French, Spanish, Italian – and he’s currently learning German, fuelling a potential Bundesliga future.