More than the ‘right club’, Mourinho will only choose a team with the ‘right culture’ for his next job.
Jose Mourinho has said he will “wait to be back in football” after being sacked by Tottenham Hotspur on April 19. It goes without saying that the Portuguese coach has been one of the best managers around in the game for some time now. He has won two Champions League titles – FC Porto (2004) and Inter Milan (2010) – and a plethora of other trophies. Mourinho has notably won league titles in Portugal, England, Italy, and Spain. But lately, his teams have struggled to have the same dominant impact they used to have before.
Prior to Spurs, Mourinho was the manager of Manchester United. He was tasked with bringing the club back to its glory days. He won the Carabao Cup and the Europa League in the first season and helped them finish second in the league the following campaign. However, the Portuguese never managed to entirely please the supporters or former players with his style of play.
He was sacked at the midway point of the third season following a disappointing run of games. His next job was at Tottenham, where he replaced Mauricio Pochettino. Mourinho struggled to help Spurs step up to the next level. At one point this season, Tottenham were at top of the table but with time they fell so far out of the Champions League places.
“I have no plans,” Mourinho told the Times Magazine. “I am going on with my normal life. I feel fresh. I feel calm. I am on holiday. I have more time to be doing my homework and analysis. I’ll wait to be back in football.”
The 58-year-old lost his job six days before their Carabao Cup final at Wembley. Manchester City later won the contest 1-0. Mourinho insisted that he will not just go for the “right club”, but will also choose a team with a proper culture in place.
“Not just for the right club, but for the right culture. Maybe next season is premature, we will see,” he added.
In England, Jose Mourinho has coached three clubs. He was the manager of Chelsea in two different stints and also managed Manchester United before joining Tottenham. The Portuguese coach has also been the manager of Real Madrid in Spain and Inter Milan in Italy.