Mourinho Was Close to England Job

Mourinho Was Close to England Job

Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, has revealed that he was on the brink of taking the England job in 2007, only for his wife to convince him otherwise. She cited the lack of a busy routine as the main reason why Jose would not enjoy it, as he later went on to coach Inter Milan.

“I was almost, almost, almost England manager.” the Portuguese said. “My wife was right. She told me not to take it.

“I cannot wait two years for a big competition. I cannot be spending two years playing against Kazakhstan and San Marino.

“In the end, my wife was saying, ‘No football, no matches is not for you’.”

Fabio Capello would ultimately be named England manager, and despite the number of fans who turned on the Italian, he boasts the greatest win percent record for England managers.

Mourinho may delve into international management at some stage, as he said:

“It was not the job for me seven years ago, it’s not the job for me now, and I don’t think it will be the job for me in seven years’ time.

“Maybe in 15 years from now, but not seven.”

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