Jose Mourinho has admitted he is planning to “readapt” his management methods when he returns to football.
The Portuguese was sacked by Manchester United in December 2018 and has spent the following months working as a pundit.
What next for Mourinho? Four key things to know…
- Mourinho has been out of work since being sacked by Man Utd in December 2018.
- Having spent time as a pundit, the Portuguese is now planning his return to management.
- And Mourinho has admitted he has been using his time away to evaluate his methods and improve his technical staff.
- Mourinho also hinted at the possibility of moving into international management.
Not keen on taking just any job to get back into the game, Mourinho has already reportedly turned down the likes of Benfica – saving himself for the “top level” of football.
And now, ahead of a planned return this summer, the 56-year-old has revealed he has been using his time off to “reformulate” himself and improve his backroom team.
“I didn’t need to recover from anything,” he told reporters.
“What happened [being sacked by Man Utd] was nothing I didn’t expect.
“I didn’t need time to recover. I’ve been using the time to work on my future, to improve my technical staff, to find a new dimension to my work, without obviously losing what I am.
“It was me who, being as I am and thinking as I think, got to where I am. But my work has been at that level. I want to be better, I want to readapt, I want to reformulate myself and that’s what I’ve been doing.”
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Mourinho hints at national team role
Since making his debut as a first-team manager in 2000, Mourinho has stuck to club football, enjoying success with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United.
Throughout his career, the Portuguese has constantly pushed away suggestions of managing a national team, insisting he needs to work with players regularly – rather than operate within the sporadic schedule that comes with international management.
But now, after almost 20 years in the club game, Mourinho has opened up to the idea, dropping a hint that he would be interested in taking charge of his native Portugal – or another international side – at some point in the future.
He added: “It’s something I’d like to do. Not only Portugal, but also the work of (any) national team.
“It’s something I’ve never wanted until now and I’m still not at this moment in my career, in love with that kind of work. But it’s a job I’ll want to try one day.
“I’m going to want to try that side of our profession one day. I’m going to want to do a European or World Cup, which I’ve never done before.
“I’m very curious about this role as a national team coach.”