Chelsea FC manager Jose Mourinho has revealed how he has snubbed the England job in 2008 on suggestion of his wife.
Jose Mourinho was in contention to land the England job after the Three Lions failed to qualify for the 2008 European Championship and the subsequent departure of Steve McClaren. But the Portuguese manager, who was removed from the managerial job at Stamford Bridge during 2007-08 season, couldn’t take up a new Premier League job under obligations and linked with role at the helm of the England national side.
Mourinho revealed how his wife suggested him against taking up the job and 51-year-old feels he made the right decision at that point.
“At that time I could not get an English club because of my contract when I left Chelsea, I couldn’t get an English club in the next two years.
“I could get the national team but not a club.
“Lampard, Terry, Joe Cole, everybody, was saying, ‘Come, come, come,’ – my players said, ‘The guys from Manchester United and Liverpool call us and say to us: Tell your boss to come.’ I had lots of positive things to push me.
“My wife told me not to take it and she was right. It was the right decision. We are talking about seven years ago and I cannot wait two years for a big competition. I cannot be spending two years playing against Kazakhstan and San Marino.
“What would I do during the week? I could go to see the players training with their teams, I ask for permission to spend time with them and to have individual coaching with them, I have to work with them, I can improve things.
“I’m not going to stay at home, I have to travel, I want to see the players, I want to participate in their evolution blah, blah, blah, blah. But in the end my wife was saying: ‘No football, no matches, is not good for you.’
“And she was right. It was not the job for me seven years ago, it’s not the job for me now and I don’t think it will be the job for me in seven years’ time. Maybe in 15 years from now but not seven.” – The Chelsea manager said.
The former Real Madrid manager is hopeful about England’s chances in Brazil, although he wouldn’t be surprised even if they are knocked out in the group stage.
“England is the kind of team [from whom] I am always expecting something good but I am never surprised when things go wrong.
“If England is world champion, it’s not a surprise for me. If England is knocked out in the group phase, it’s not a surprise for me.” – Mourinho added.
The Chelsea boss also insisted that England striker Wayne Rooney can play a critical role a leader of the team and push them towards success.
“Wayne is right when he says this is his World Cup.
“He’s not a kid any more and he’s not an old player at the end of his career. It’s the World Cup in the right moment.
“He has a role as leader in the team and I think he is ready to cope with this pressure. Maybe the fact that the season was not good for him at United can also play a positive role. He will be ambitious and hungry to succeed.” – He said in an interview.