Jose Mourinho Reveals the Truth Behind Portugal Managerial Job Offer

Jose Mourinho Reveals the Truth Behind Portugal Managerial Job Offer

  • Jose Mourinho rubbished claims that Roberto Martinez was Portugal's first coaching choice
  • Martinez was named as Fernando Santos’ replacement at the national side earlier this week
  • Ending speculation, Mourinho claimed he had in fact turned down the role with the Selecao

Jose Mourinho has come out to reveal the Portugal FA made a move on him to become the next national team boss, after the dismissal of Fernando Santos.

Earlier this week, Roberto Martinez was confirmed as the new Seleção boss and Portuguese Football Federation president, Fernando Gomes seemed to suggest the former Everton manager was always the first choice.

Jose Mourinho, Roma, Copa Italia, Portugal job
AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho looks on during the Coppa Italia match against Genoa CFC at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy on January 12, 2023. Photo by Giuseppe Maffia.
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Asked whether Mourinho was a frontrunner for the job, Gomes said:

“What interested me from the first hour was defining the profile. We spoke, within this, to many people. The only concrete proposal we made to be a coach, was Roberto Martínez.”

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Mourinho begs to differ

In a press conference on Thursday however, Mourinho had a completely different account of things.

Roma beat Genoa in the Coppa Italia on Thursday and in the post-match presser, the Portuguese manager decided to address Gomes directly.

“What he said made me very proud, saying that I was not the first choice, but his only choice, and that he would have done anything to get me home. He made me very happy. But I didn’t go. I’m here and I’m giving my all,” Mourinho said as quoted by GOAL.

The former Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea manager was in his typical controversial form. He also spoke of his team’s chances of winning the Coppa Italia, after Paulo Dybala’s strike sent them to the quarter-finals of the competition.

“First of all, I’ll say I would love to win it,” he said per PortuGOAL. "I won it once playing against Roma, I would love to win it playing with Roma in Rome."

The Special One also delivered another of his classic comments, calling the competition 'the worst cup in Europe', explaining it did not protect smaller teams.

Roma will now turn their sights to Fiorentina, who they face in a Serie A encounter on Sunday, January 15. I Giallorossi will need to keep building momentum if they are to keep any hopes of the top four alive.

Mourinho's Roma saved by Abraham

Sports Brief also reported on Tammy Abraham making a heroic save for AS Roma, to prevent a goal by Bologna in the Serie A.

While Lorenzo Pelligrini's first-half spot kick ended up being the winner, the moment of the match belonged to the Englishman.

Nicolas Dominguez sent a cross into the box, which somehow found Jhon Lucumi near the back post, who directed a powerful header towards the goal.