Jose Mourinho Names 2 Big Jobs He Rejected Including Ronaldo’s Portugal While With AS Roma

Jose Mourinho Names 2 Big Jobs He Rejected Including Ronaldo’s Portugal While With AS Roma

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
February 15, 2024 at 9:59 PM
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  • Jose Mourinho has shed light on his sacking at AS Roma
  • His 3-year tenure with the Giallorossi ended last month
  • The 61-year-old lost 2 coaching roles while with Roma

Jose Mourinho has opened up about having to turn down two significant coaching opportunities due to his commitment to AS Roma.

Following Roma's decision to part ways with the esteemed Portuguese tactician last month, Mourinho's three-year tenure at the Italian Serie A club came to an abrupt end.

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Jose Mourinho looked rattled during the Coppa Italia quarter-finals match between SS Lazio and AS Roma. Photo by Ivan Romano.
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He was succeeded by club legend Daniele De Rossi, who led the team to a four-game winning streak before suffering a defeat to Serie A leaders Inter Milan last week.

Currently without a coaching position, the renowned 'Special One' has been linked with various roles, including a potential return to his former club, Chelsea, where he had two separate stints.

Additionally, there have been rumours linking him with Manchester United, although Mourinho appears to be leaning towards taking a sabbatical before resuming his coaching career, per Football365.

Mourinho still hurt by Roma sack

During a conversation with Rio Ferdinand’s Vibe with Five YouTube channel, the 61-year-old expressed that his dismissal from Roma was one of the most painful experiences of his illustrious coaching career.

This career has seen him manage renowned clubs such as FC Porto, Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Inter Milan.

“Being sacked by AS Roma is the one that has been hurting me more. I gave everything,” he said, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano on X.

Mourinho reveals 2 coaching jobs he missed

In discussing the profound impact of his unexpected departure from Rome, Mourinho disclosed that he turned down a coaching opportunity with his homeland, Portugal, a team he referred to as the "best" national team.

“In these three years, I refused to become the new Portugal head coach with the best national team ever!”.

He further illuminated how he rejected a lucrative proposal from Saudi Arabia to manage their national team so he could concentrate on his responsibilities at AS Roma.

“I also had a big proposal from Saudi Arabia”.

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Still, on a trip down memory lane, Mourinho provided an intriguing narrative of his decision to decline the opportunity to assert dominance in La Liga after Pep Guardiola's departure, Sports Brief reported.

During his tenure from 2010 to 2013, the Portuguese manager famously led Real Madrid to victory in La Liga and Copa del Rey.

Despite expectations from some fans that Mourinho would continue to lead Real Madrid to further success after Guardiola's exit, he had other intentions that were not widely known at the time.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.
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