London - Jose Mourinho wants his next club to be one where "internal empathy"
exists and not "internal conflict" he told the Daily Telegraph on
The 56-year-old Portuguese - sacked by Manchester United on December
18 after a series of bust-ups with senior players and poor results -
said the club where he had felt this the most was Serie A side Inter
He guided them to a Champions League, two league titles and an Italian Cup in two seasons there from 2008-10.
Mourinho said money is not the priority admitting since he left
United he had turned down a lucrative offer from an unnamed club because
"I want high-level football and ambitions at the highest level".
However, he says that comes second on his list of ingredients for taking a job.
"I don't want an internal conflict," said Mourinho, who has down the
years earned a reputation for confronting senior players at clubs he has
"I want internal empathy. And then your conflict is on Sunday on the
pitch when you play against somebody who wants to steal your three
"That's the moment of the conflict."
Mourinho, who enjoyed a good first season with United landing the
Europa League and League Cup before things turned sour winning nothing
last year, says structural empathy is obligatory for him.
"I don't know if it is a bad translation from Portuguese to English
but focus on these two words, 'structure' and 'empathy'," said Mourinho.
"I want to work with structural empathy. A club is a structure, a
complex structure where the manager is an important part of that
structure but he is not the structure.
"I want to work with people that I love.
"People I want to work with, that I am happy to work with, with whom I share the same ideas.
"It was what I had at Inter. There are clubs like this. Normally, that is a very important part of a successful club."
Mourinho, who says he does not want to work where there is "permanent
contradiction (conflict)", said he is a natural winner but concedes
going 18 months without a trophy has taught him things.
"People used to say that you learn more with defeat," he said.
"Maybe there is some truth in it. I feel my natural habitat is winning.
"This is the first time when I didn’t win any trophy for 18 months.
"Some guys don't win any trophies for 18 years. I didn't win any trophy for 18 months."
Mourinho, who stunned many when he paid a warm tribute to long-time
bitter rival Arsene Wenger at an awards ceremony last week, said aside
from some football punditry he has spent the time since being sacked by
United to prepare for his next job.
"Now I have time for thinking, reflection, trying to understand
everything and trying to be more ready for the next one that is coming,"
"I know it is coming. It hasn't come yet because what has come along, I didn't want."