Mourinho longs for England

2010-05-06 11:39

Rome - Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho landed his second major trophy with the Italians and then immediately declared his desire to return to England.

The former Chelsea boss has been a huge success in Italy, winning the Serie A title in his first season with Inter and guiding them to their first Champions League final in 38 years in his second.

On Wednesday night he added the Italian Cup to his resume as Inter beat AS Roma 1-0 thanks to a Diego Milito goal in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

But afterwards, the Portuguese boss's thoughts turned to the Premiership, where he was also a great success, winning two titles the FA Cup and two League Cups in three seasons.

"I still miss the Premiership, I still miss even living in England as I did for three years and I know I will return for sure, no doubt," he said.

"When, I don't know, no-one knows. It depends on many things. Will it be next season?

"For sure I don't think so. I could go to any club but I don't think it will be next season. I can coach other teams, not just Chelsea.

"Chelsea is a beautiful past but I'm not a Chelsea coach, I'm a coach and I can coach other teams."

Mourinho's words will have done nothing to dampen the rumours that he is headed for the exit door at the end of this campaign.

In the pre-match press conference he had refused to commit to Inter next season while in the past he has said that he doesn't like Italy or Italian football.

And in Spain the press speculation is that he will join Real Madrid.

But before he does leave, Mourinho wants to be the first Inter Milan coach since Helenio Herrera to win Europe's premier club competition, while there is also the matter of securing another title.

Inter play Chievo at home on Sunday, Siena away next weekend and then Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on May 22 in Madrid.

"We have two more matches in the league and they're crucial. That's different from Bayern because they are already champions (all but mathematically) and can relax and go to Berlin to play Hertha in a much more relaxed way.

"We have two league matches left and if we make one mistake we could lose the championship.

"We cannot relax, tomorrow (Thursday) we have to start again, thinking about Chievo and Siena and after that we have four or five days to think of Madrid."

Turning his attentions to the fractious and bad-tempered Cup final, in which Francesco Totti was sent off late on for a wild kick at Inter's Mario Balotelli, Mourinho said it was no surprise the match wasn't a classic.

"It's very difficult for a final to be a great spectacle, all throughout history finals have been like this," he said.

"The final is a tense affair with two teams who are focussed, aggressive, closing down spaces, defending well, waiting to counter from a mistake.

"What happened with Totti at the end can happen, I'm not judging. You can lose your head, it's not a problem, it can happen."

Roma coach Claudio Ranieri accused Inter of gamesmanship and putting pressure on the referee.

"We fell into their trap and we shouldn't have," he moaned. "We needed to play football but this match got to us and we were on edge.

"In the first half hour we didn't even manage to string three passes together.

"Milito did brilliantly to create a chance and exploit it. In the second half we played much better but unfortunately didn't manage to score from our chances.

"Francesco made a mistake because in our league games against them we did well to not fall into their trap, but here we didn't do it because Francesco was sent off and we lost, so well done to them.

"They're very good at that, they're very physical. When there's a foul all their players go to the referee and put pressure on him.

"They always put the referee in a situation where he feels he has to be careful, but that's normal."


  • gav - 2010-05-06 11:50

    Please come to Liverpool

  • STEVEN GERRARD - 2010-05-06 12:04


  • Joe - 2010-05-06 12:07

    What an arrogant p#$%^k, but i'm sure he can sort out liverpools ills.

  • LIVERPOOL - 2010-05-06 12:10

    Jose Mourinho we need you!!!! Come to Liverpool!!!

  • Ryan - 2010-05-06 12:11

    If one reads between the lines , he says would love to return to England and that he could coach any side then repeatedly says that he doubts that it would be next season though . It is no coincidence that the team he has expressed the most interest in coaching is United and Sir Alex has made it clear that he will stay on as manager for one more season . So maybe Jose hopes that he can go to Real next season and try and win La Liga and then on to United the following season by which time Sir Alex would be ready to step down ..hhmmm...

  • Des - 2010-05-06 12:12

    If he comes to Pool and wins the league he will be a True legend and will be mentioned in the same breath as Shankly, Paisley and Dalglish - esp having to do it after 20+ years, that will be phenomenol. However, given their lack of resources coupled with the failure to qualify for the Champs League means that this is impossible.

  • vag - 2010-05-06 12:24

    Please don't go to Liverpool

  • Roy - 2010-05-06 12:25

    Liverpool needs you, Oh Yes how great that would be.

  • Andrew - 2010-05-06 12:29

    Liverpool will welcome you with open arms any day any time.

  • mricho - 2010-05-06 12:31

    come to gunners pls special one.

  • Dunno - 2010-05-06 12:34

    Go and help the Lions!

  • UNITED4LIFE - 2010-05-06 12:36

    Liverpool fans you can keep dreaming. He already said last season he would love to replace Fergie. He is just waiting for his retirement rumoured to be end of next season....why would he want to coach such a useless club playing in the rejects euro competition????

  • McManaman - 2010-05-06 12:44

    Liverpool can't afford him, he's going to Man City to put Sir Alex in an old-age home !

  • United - 2010-05-06 12:48

    Whatever team he chooses, it will be great having him back in the prem.

  • United - 2010-05-06 12:50

    Liverpool needs Chuck Norris.Whatever team he chooses though, it will be great having him back in the prem.

  • john - 2010-05-06 12:55

    he wont go to liverpool. Managers of his calibre whats to be involved in champions league. He will go to man u after sir alex left. Only guy that can fill his shoes.

  • Benni Mac - 2010-05-06 12:56

    Bafana Bafana NEEDS you !!!

  • Not the Kop - 2010-05-06 13:00

    Liverpool, small club, small mentality. Mourinho is better than that!

  • Nash the Gunner - 2010-05-06 13:21

    Come to Bafana please special one

  • gav - 2010-05-06 13:27

    come help Bafana Bafana and let them pay u 2 million a goal hahahah

  • liverfool - 2010-05-06 16:41

    dont do the mistake of wasting that talent at liverpool... your a great manager but liverpool just dont have the facilities to be the best anymore

  • Chelsea - 2010-05-07 11:04

    We made mistake sellling you, Sometime politics should be kept out of soccer, they create confusion rather than success

  • Rob - 2010-05-09 21:50

    Try taking on a challenge and go to West Ham and see if you can raise a team with a small budget and no superstars. Then you will really be the Special One. Going to teams like Chelsea and Real Madrid , Inter etc- any coach can do that as players are already in place and money is no object. So why not go for a different approach. By the way- Great job on isolating Messi in The Champions Semi Final

  • nkosianthi - 2010-05-10 14:48

    Everyone, see the evolution of the "Special One" team assemblance and association. Chelsea won but the team is of Jose'. Inter Milan are on the verge of lifting the Italian league and Barca' (Jose' was associated with Barca') is also on the verge of winning the Spanish league. However, I don't know what's happening with Porto. Jose’ Morihno is a winner; the man truly has a Midas touch. Overall big ups to Ancelloti.

  • Never Walk Alone - 2010-05-11 16:45

    @Rob - Good comment ! Unfortunately coaches of Mourinhos calibre will only go to big clubs with big budgets, as this is where they thrive and make their money. It would be interesting to one day see a top manager foresake the big bucks and opt to build and develop a little known club - that will really test their talent and skills.However I cant see this happening in our life time. Wouldnt it be great to see Fergie take retirement from MU and then move on to the likes of West Ham ! Hell it could produce some interestin football !

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