Revelations that the ‘Special One’ really wanted to be at Old Trafford.
There is much contradiction emerging about whether or not Chelsea or Manchester United were Jose Mourinhos’ first choice to take over as manager at.
A new book entitled ‘Prepare to Lose: the Mourinho Era’, claims that the 50-year-old was indeed upset by the oversight when it came to appointing David Moyes ahead of the former Real Madrid coach and cried upon hearing the news.
“Mourinho … thought that Ferguson was, besides his ally, also his friend and godfather. He was convinced that they were tied by a relationship of genuine trust,” author and journalist Diego Torres writes in the book, as quoted by the Guardian.
“His ‘interlocutors’ [at sports agency Gestifute] had heard him sob loudly and they were spreading the word. The most feared man in the company was crushed.”
Mourinho however has claimed that the Blues job was the position the Portuguese ace wanted all along and that United had not crossed the boss’ mind.
“I knew that [former United boss Sir Alex] Ferguson was retiring many months ago,” the coach said after being appointed at Stamford Bridge.
“I would have turned down every job in the world – the Manchester United job, every one – for Chelsea.”
Mourinho’s advisors have also rubbished the claims in Torres’ book, but many were surprised that the two-time Champions League winner was overlooked for the undecorated Moyes.
It’s widely believed that the ‘Special One’ was considered too much of a loose canon to take the reigns at Old Trafford – after extremely public sulks at Madrid – and having not spent more than three years at any club, would not be in for the long-term.
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