Gareth Bale’s agent reveals Jose Mourinho’s ‘biggest mistake’ with Welsh star at Tottenham

Gareth Bale’s agent says Jose Mourinho’s ‘biggest mistake’ with Welsh star was not giving him freedom to express himself like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo as he compares the ex-Tottenham boss to Julius Caesar

  • Gareth Bale returned to Tottenham on loan amid much fanfare in September
  • But his return to north London has been largely underwhelming this season
  • Welsh star wasn’t played very often by Jose Mourinho before manager’s sacking
  • Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett says Mourinho should have given Bale freedom
  • Barnett drew a comparison between Mourinho and Roman general Julius Caesar 

Gareth Bale’s agent has revealed he told Jose Mourinho how to get the best out of the Welsh star – but refuses to blame the former Tottenham manager for his client’s underwhelming form.

Jonathan Barnett also drew a comparison to the Roman general Julius Caesar when describing Mourinho’s time in charge of the north London club.

Bale returned to Spurs on loan from Real Madrid amid much fanfare back in September but has struggled to rekindle the magic of his first spell at the club between 2007 and 2013.

Gareth Bale returned to Tottenham on loan from Real Madrid at the start of the season – but manager Jose Mourinho didn’t entirely trust the Welsh star to perform 

The result was that a frustrated Bale rarely started Premier League matches under Mourinho

The result was that a frustrated Bale rarely started Premier League matches under Mourinho

The 31-year-old winger has scored 14 goals and contributed three assists in 31 appearances across all competitions but starts in the Premier League have been thin on the ground.

Bale has shown glimpses of his brilliance, however, such as his hat-trick against Sheffield United last week.

And Barnett admitted that Bale has endued ‘a rough time under Mourinho’ before the Portuguese manager was sacked last month.

‘As I said to Spurs at the beginning: ‘If you give him a run, put your trust in him, let him play his own game, not tell him he’s got to do this and that, treat him like a [Lionel] Messi or a [Cristiano] Ronaldo – I’m not saying he’s as good – and you’ll see,’ he told SNTV.

Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett believes Mourinho should have given Bale more licence to play

Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett believes Mourinho should have given Bale more licence to play

Bale has performed well since Mourinho was sacked, scoring three against Sheffield United

Bale has performed well since Mourinho was sacked, scoring three against Sheffield United

‘It’s been proven that every time he’s been left like that, he’s gone and scored a lot of goals. He’s world class.

‘So that was the biggest mistake – I’m not going to blame anybody.’

Asked if he blamed Mourinho for Bale’s inconsistent form, Barnett replied: ‘Well, I wouldn’t do that.

‘He’s a very successful coach… but Julius Caesar was also very good, but I don’t think he would be very good with the armies now.’

Bale’s future remains uncertain amid reports he could spend a second season on loan at Tottenham, with Real again contributing heavily to his £600,000-a-week wages.

Barnett says Bale's future remains up in the air with one year remaining on his Real contract

Barnett says Bale’s future remains up in the air with one year remaining on his Real contract

Barnett says it is highly unlikely that Bale has any future at Real, where he has only one year remaining on his contract.

He said: ‘He’s still one of the best players in the world, but he’s only got four games left so we will have to see.

‘It’s a three-party discussion; it’s us, Real Madrid and Tottenham. We have our views and we will let them know at the right time.’

Asked if there was any chance of a Bernabeu return, Barnett added: ‘I very much doubt that, but if they want to put him on the bench then that’s fine.

‘They want to put me on the bench with that salary? That’s fine for me as well.’

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Jose Mourinho’s appointment as Roma’s new boss has been commemorated with his own ice cream flavour

Jose Mourinho’s appointment as Roma’s new manager has been commemorated with his own ice cream flavour called ‘Special One’

  • Jose Mourinho has signed a three year deal to become Roma’s next manager
  • Paulo Fonseca will remain in charge of the Giallorossi until the end of the season
  • Mourinho enjoyed a successful spell in Italy with Inter Milan between 2008-10

Jose Mourinho has received the ultimate tribute after becoming Roma’s next manager, the former Tottenham and Manchester United boss has had an ice cream flavour named after him called ‘Special One.’

The dessert was invented by a local ice cream parlour in Rome and advertised via their Instagram account. 

Mourinho replied to the post by asking for mango and strawberry ice cream.  

Jose Mourinho has had an ice cream named after him to mark his arrival as the new Roma boss

The 'Special One' was created by a Rome based ice cream parlour in honour of Mourinho

The ‘Special One’ was created by a Rome based ice cream parlour in honour of Mourinho 

It appears that new Roma boss gave a considered response as the colours he ordered were yellow and red; a pretty familiar sight for Giallorossi fans.  

Mourinho signed a three year deal with the Serie A club and will replace current boss Paulo Fonseca at the end of the season.

The ‘special one’ has previously managed in Italy, he enjoyed a trophy laden spell with Inter Milan between 2008-10.

During his time at the San Siro he won two Serie A titles, one Coppa Italia and the Champions League before leaving to manage Real Madrid.

Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham in April after a disappointing run of results

Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham in April after a disappointing run of results

Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham last month after their positive start to the season unravelled in spectacular fashion.

Spurs were seventh at the time of his departure and had been knocked out of the FA Cup and Europa League by Everton and Dinamo Zagreb respectively.

He guided Spurs to the Carabao Cup final which they lost 1-0 to Manchester City under interim boss Ryan Mason. 

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Tottenham ‘are NOT a top six team at the moment’ and need a ‘rebuild’, insists Glenn Hoddle

Tottenham ‘are NOT a top six team at the moment’ and need a ‘rebuild’, insists Glenn Hoddle… as club legend claims ‘there’s a hell of a lot of work that needs to be done’ both on and off the pitch this summer

  • Tottenham have had a disappointing season and currently sit sixth in the table 
  • Club legend Glenn Hoddle has insisted his former side is not a top-six side 
  • Hoddle has insisted that Tottenham need to do work on and off the pitch 

Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle has insisted his former side are ‘not a top six team’ and are in need of a rebuild before they can challenge at the top again.

It’s been a frustrating year for the club who face an uphill battle to qualify for the Champions League and will finish the campaign without a trophy after their Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City.

Their struggles led to the sacking of Jose Mourinho days before the final, with Ryan Mason put in temporary charge until the end of the season.  

Tottenham have had a disappointing season and currently sit sixth in the Premier League table

Glenn Hoddle said Tottenham are 'not a top six' side at the moment and need a rebuild

Glenn Hoddle said Tottenham are ‘not a top six’ side at the moment and need a rebuild

Hoddle has said that Mourinho was sacked at the wrong time and that the team needs rebuilding.   

He told BT Sport before Tottenham’s 3-1 defeat at Leeds: ‘They’re at a crossroads. Daniel Levy has done a wonderful job with the infrastructure at the club.

‘Hopefully there would have been silverware, that’s why Mourinho was brought in. It didn’t work out. It was a big call to sack him before the final. I’m not sure it was the right time. 

‘There are bigger questions at Tottenham. It’s not a top six team at the moment. It needs a rebuild on the pitch. There’s a hell of a lot of work that needs to be done.’ 

There has also been problems off the pitch with Tottenham fans unhappy with the club’s involvement in the failed European Super League project, as well as the ticket prices for their return to the stadium. 

Spurs will welcome 10,000 fans back for their final home Premier League match of the season against Aston Villa on May 19, subject to government confirmation of Step 3 protocols becoming active. 

Tickets will cost £60 for adults, £45 for young adults and £30 for over-65s and U18s.

Spurs endured more misery as they were well beaten 3-1 against Leeds on Saturday afternoon

Spurs endured more misery as they were well beaten 3-1 against Leeds on Saturday afternoon

Hoddle added that chairman Daniel Levy needs to talk with the club's supporters' trust

Hoddle added that chairman Daniel Levy needs to talk with the club’s supporters’ trust

Hoddle, who played for Tottenham from 1975 to 1987 and later managed the club, said the club’s chairman needs to sit and talk with the supporters’ trust. 

He added: ‘If you’re going to do anything in life, you have to have harmony. At the moment, that isn’t the case. 

‘The supporter trust wants change, that’s not always easy. Communication has to happen. Sit down with Daniel and talk it out. 

‘If not, the war will get bigger on that front. The ticket scenario, I’m scratching my head at who’s made that decision. Give a gift back to your fans.’

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Italian papers react with shock and excitement as Roma announce Jose Mourinho will return to Serie A

‘Hail Mou!’: Italian papers react with shock and excitement as Roma announce Jose Mourinho will return to Serie A as their head coach from next season after signing a three-year deal

  • Roma announced Jose Mourinho as their new boss on Tuesday afternoon 
  • The Portuguese head coach will take charge from Paolo Fonseca this summer  
  • Mourinho only left Tottenham last month, days before the Carabao Cup final
  • Sports papers in Italy heralded the news that he is set for a Serie A return 

The return of Jose Mourinho to Serie A has been greeted with great fanfare in Italy, as sports newspapers heralded his return. 

Roma announced on Tuesday afternoon that the 58-year-old will be replacing Paolo Fonseca this summer after agreeing a three-year deal, in what is a swift return to management having been sacked by Tottenham only last month. 

It signals the Portuguese head coach’s first stint in Italy since leaving Inter in 2010 having guided them to the Treble.  

Jose Mourinho has been appointed Roma manager and will take charge for the 2021-22 season

La Gazzetta led with the headline 'Hail Mou' on Wednesday morning

Tuttosport wrote 'Daje Mou', meaning 'come on Mou'

La Gazetta depicted Mourinho as a Roman Emperor, while Tuttosport cheered the news

And reaction across the country was jubilant as one of football’s most famous faces returns.

Gazzetta dello Sport, the country’s most prestigious sports paper, led with the headline ‘Ave Mou’, meaning ‘Hail Mou’ as they depicted the former Chelsea boss as a Roman Emporer. 

It also explains on the front page how Mourinho talked about the passion of the supporters as a huge draw to Stadio Olimpico, carrying some of the quotes from his statement.

In that statement, Mourinho used the phrase ‘Daje Roma’. Daje means come on, and that was a theme throughout the front pages elsewhere in Italy, with both Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport carrying the same terminology.   

Corriere ran with the same headline as Tuttosport

'Tell me Jose' is the front page of il Romanista

Corriere and il Romanista also reacted to the hiring of the Portuguese on Wednesday morning

Corriere made reference to his succesful stint at Inter, pointing out it has been 11 years since his San Siro success, while also suggesting that his three-year contract will be worth £6m-a-year. 

It also carried quotes from the Roma president, Dan Friedkin, who pointed to his record of success as a key element in their decision to hire the, at times, devisive individual. 

Tuttsport focussed on the mood surroiunding the appointment. They described the hiring as a ‘shock decision’ but noted that fans had ‘gone wild’ for the decision. 

In the regional paper, il Romanista, the entire front page was dedicated to the club’s new man, with the headline ‘Dimmi Jose’ – which can be translated into ‘tell me what you want, Jose’.  

Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham two weeks ago, six days out from the Carabao Cup final

Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham two weeks ago, six days out from the Carabao Cup final

Such a swift return to management, while exciting for Roma and Serie A, also has benefits for his former club.

Spurs could save as much as £13million, having originally put Mourinho on gardening leave last month – six days before the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City. 

They will now cease paying Mourinho once he officially starts work for Roma at the end of the season – meaning he will not receive anywhere close to the entirety of the £16m payout he was due. 

At Roma, Mourinho can also expect to be working with a host of familiar faces.

Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan both played under the Portuguese at Manchester United. He also worked with Pedro at Chelsea. 

Mourinho's appointment sees him reunite with ex-Manchester United man Chris Smalling

Mourinho’s appointment sees him reunite with ex-Manchester United man Chris Smalling

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Tottenham star Son Heung-min says it is ‘so sad’ that he did not share success with Jose Mourinho

Tottenham star Son Heung-min says it is ‘so sad’ that he did not share success with ‘one of the best managers in the world’ in Jose Mourinho… and describes the former Spurs boss as the ‘guy who won everything!’

Tottenham forward Son Heung-min has spoken of his sadness that he was unable to win a trophy under Jose Mourinho, who he still describes as ‘one of the best managers in the world.’

Mourinho was sacked as Spurs boss after 17 months in charge and just six days before the Carabao Cup final defeat by Manchester City – the Portuguese was today announced as the new Roma manager from the start of next season. 

It is the first time since managing Portuguese club Uniao de Leiria in 2002 that Mourinho has not won a trophy at a club he has been in charge of and South Korean star Son admits he feels ‘really sorry’ that the ‘guy who wins everything’ didn’t claim any silverware in north London. 

South Koren star Son admits he feels 'really sorry' that the 'guy who wins everything' didn't win any silverware in north London

Son Heung-min spoke of his sadness that he was unable to win a trophy under Jose Mourinho

‘It’s always sad if someone loses their job,’ Son told TV3

‘I don’t want to talk too much because I’ve been working with him for 17 or 18 months.

‘It’s been up and down, we’ve been good and sometimes we’ve been not so good.

‘It was just for me, for my memory, he’s still one of the best managers in the world so it’s just so sad that he didn’t have the success.

‘It was really sad because he’s the guy who wins everything, it’s the only team he didn’t have success [with]. So, I feel really sorry about this.’ 

Son enjoyed a good relationship with Mourinho, who has since taken the job at Roma

Son enjoyed a good relationship with Mourinho, who has since taken the job at Roma 

The devastated South Korean sits down after Spurs lost to Man City in the Carabao Cup final

The devastated South Korean sits down after Spurs lost to Man City in the Carabao Cup final

Ryan Mason is in charge of the team until the end of the season and his side fell to a 1-0 loss against City at Wembley. 

Son arrived at Spurs from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 and despite scoring 106 goals during six prolific years, the 28-year-old is yet to win a trophy. 

He has finished runner-up in both the Premier League and the Champions League. 

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Fans take to Twitter with hilarious memes after Jose Mourinho is announced as the next Roma boss

‘Say a prayer for Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Chris Smalling’: Fans take to Twitter with hilarious memes after Jose Mourinho is announced as the next Roma boss… confirming an intriguing reunion with two of his old Manchester United stars in Serie A

Jose Mourinho’s shock appointment as the next Roma boss got Twitter talking on Tuesday afternoon – with hundreds saying their prayers for Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

The pair were both frozen out of Manchester United when the Portuguese was in charge, and they will now be joined in Rome by their former boss.

In the minutes after the shock announcement, Mourinho was trending worldwide on social media, with a series of hilarious memes going viral.

Posting a video of Piers Morgan storming out of the Good Morning Britain studio, SPORTBible wrote: ‘When Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Chris Smalling found out that Jose Mourinho was their new manager.’

Another post included a video of a man dropping his phone, alongside the caption: ‘Smalling and Mkhitaryan when finding out the man they travelled 1300 miles to get away from is turning up to training next week.’

On the other hand, one Twitter user went for a more positive approach, claiming that Mourinho is the man to turn Smalling into ‘Smalldini’.

Other social media users looked ahead to Mourinho vs Antonio Conte, with the new Roma boss set to come up against his old foe when his side face Inter Milan.

Conte and Mourinho came to blows in the Premier League on a number of occasions previously when managing Manchester United and Chelsea. 

The Special One will take over at the Serie A giants in the summer, when current boss Paulo Fonseca leaves the club.

He was only sacked as Tottenham manager on April 19, leaving just a three-week gap between jobs for the 58-year-old. 

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Jose Mourinho appointed Roma manager, starting with the 2021-22 season after Tottenham sacking

Jose’s back… already! Roma announce shock deal for Mourinho to become their new manager as he signs three-year contract two weeks after his Tottenham sacking

Jose Mourinho has made a rapid return to management with Roma announcing he will take over the club starting from the 2021-22 season.

The Portuguese boss, 58, has signed a three-year deal to take him through to 2024. 

Mourinho said: ‘Thank you to the Friedkin family (Roma’s owners) for choosing me to lead this great club and to be part of their vision.

Jose Mourinho has been appointed Roma manager and will take charge for the 2021-22 season

‘After meetings with the ownership and Tiago Pinto (Roma’s general manager), I immediately understood the full extent of their ambitions for AS Roma. It is the same ambition and drive that has always motivated me and together we want to build a winning project over the upcoming years.

‘The incredible passion of the Roma fans convinced me to accept the job and I cannot wait to start next season.

‘In the meantime, I wish Paulo Fonseca all the best and I hope the media appreciate that I will only speak further in due course. Daje Roma!’

Club president Dan Friedkin and vice-president Ryan Friedkin said: ‘We are thrilled and delighted to welcome Jose Mourinho into the AS Roma family.

‘A great champion who has won trophies at every level, Jose will provide tremendous leadership and experience to our ambitious project.

‘The appointment of Jose is a huge step in building a long-term and consistent winning culture throughout the club.’

Pinto revealed that Roma weighed up a move for Mourinho as soon as news emerged that Tottenham had sacked him.

‘When Jose became available, we immediately jumped at the chance to speak with one of the greatest managers of all time,’ Pinto said.

‘We were blown away by Jose’s desire to win and his passion for the game: no matter how many trophies he has won, his primary focus is always on the next one. He possesses the knowledge, experience and leadership to compete at all levels.

‘We know that in order to build a successful sporting project it takes time, patience and the right people in the right positions. We are supremely confident that Jose will be the perfect coach for our project, for both our immediate and long-term future.’

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Romelu Lukaku leans out of his car on the Milan streets to celebrate Serie A title with supporters

Romelu Lukaku takes to the Milan streets and leans out his car’s sunroof to chant with fans, celebrating Inter’s first Serie A title in 11 years

  • Inter Milan were handed their first Serie A title since 2009-2010 on Sunday    
  • Antonio Conte’s side were crowned after Atalanta drew against Sassuolo   
  • Romelu Lukaku took to the streets to celebrate with fans, learning out of his car 

Romelu Lukaku enjoyed a one-man victory parade on Sunday after Inter Milan were crowned Serie A champions, ending an 11-year wait for glory. 

The San Siro club did their part on Saturday, beating Crotone 2-0 before Atalanta’s 1-1 draw with Sassuolo 24 hours later secured Antonio Conte’s side the title. 

Jose Mourinho delivered Inter’s last Italian championship back in 2010, as they also ended Juventus’ stifling nine-year dominance of the division. 

Romelu Lukaku went out to celebrate with Inter fans on the streets after their Serie A title 

The Nerazzurri were out in force to party after winning their first Italian title in 11 years

The Nerazzurri were out in force to party after winning their first Italian title in 11 years

Lukaku couldn’t wait to celebrate with his supporters, going live on Instagram while he rode through the streets of Milan leaning out of his car’s sunroof.

The Belgian powerhouse chanted with fans and whirled an Inter shirt above his head after capping a superb season, clearly enjoying his time in Italy.

The former Manchester United forward has slammed in 21 goals in 33 games this term, and he still has four games to add to his tally.    

Lukaku already has 61 goals in 92 games for the Nerazzurri, far out-scoring his record with the Old Trafford side.

Lukaku assisted Christian Eriksen's opener on Saturday as Inter took one step toward the title

Lukaku assisted Christian Eriksen’s opener on Saturday as Inter took one step toward the title

Sassuolo earning a 1-1 draw against Atalanta was enough to seal Inter their championship

Sassuolo earning a 1-1 draw against Atalanta was enough to seal Inter their championship 

‘I am so happy for all the Inter fans in the world, for the team, the staff, the President and everyone,’ Lukaku told Sky Sports Italia.

‘It was a wonderful year for us, I am truly proud to play for Inter. I wanted to come out here and celebrate along with the people. I told my friend this was the best way to experience it, to be there with the fans.

‘For me and many of my teammates, this is our first league title, so it’s a moment we wanted to share with them.’ 

‘Last year was good too, but this was the best of my career. It’s wonderful and I hope to continue like this. I want to thank everyone, I am truly so happy.’

It's an emotional title for Inter after so many years, ending Juventus' stranglehold in Serie A

It’s an emotional title for Inter after so many years, ending Juventus’ stranglehold in Serie A  

Lukaku assisted Christian Eriksen to score the opener on Saturday as Inter gripped one hand on the trophy, with Achraf Hakimi firing in the second to sink Sassuolo. 

Inter are now the second-most successful club in Italian history behind Juventus, overhauling AC Milan as they moved to 36 league championships.   

Inter have also led the league standings for the last 13 rounds since beating Lazio 3-1 on February 14, improving on a runners-up finish in Conte’s debut season in 2019-2020. 

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Jose Mourinho ‘will wait to be back in football’ after Tottenham sacking and reveals return timeline

Jose Mourinho won’t be rushing back to football after Tottenham sacking and a return next season ‘could be premature’ but another Premier League job looks most likely as he all but rules out ‘pressure-free’ France and Germany

  • Mourinho discussed the timeframe of his return to football after Spurs departure
  • But he ruled out working in a ‘pressure-free environment’ like France or Germany
  • The Portuguese is set to be a pundit during the delayed Euro 2020 tournament
  • He added that Gareth Southgate’s England is ‘one of the candidates’ to win it
  • The 58-year-old admitted he was keen to finish his career in an international job 

Jose Mourinho has revealed a return to football next season ‘could be premature’ after being sacked as Tottenham manager.

Mourinho, 58, was dismissed by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy on April 19 with the side seventh in the Premier League and less than a week before the Carabao Cup final, which they lost 1-0 to Manchester City under 29-year-old interim boss Ryan Mason.

In a Times interview, most of which was carried out before his departure, the Portuguese also criticised the lack of competition in France and Germany and discussed England’s prospects at the delayed European Championship tournament.

Jose Mourinho has opened up on his next steps after being sacked as Tottenham manager

He said: ‘I have no plans, 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. Not just for the right club, but for the right culture. Maybe next season is premature, we will see.

‘I won everything with Inter. There is a special affection. But if one day I have to go to Italy and coach a rival club, I don’t think twice. I have this professional way of looking at things. I feel good with myself.’

However, the Portuguese ruled out a move to the likes of Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, given their massive dominance in their respective domestic leagues – despite being highly unlikely to move to either club.

He ruled out a move to Bayern Munich or Paris Saint-Germain due to the lack of competition

He ruled out a move to Bayern Munich or Paris Saint-Germain due to the lack of competition

‘In Germany and France, if you go to club A (Bayern) or club B (PSG), you know your destiny is written immediately. In England it is competition at the highest level. That attracted me. It’s all about the pressure. I want it. I would choose pressure, always. I refuse to go to a country where the pressure doesn’t exist. I refuse!’

It was announced on Friday that Mourinho would be part of Talksport’s radio coverage of the Euros, and he talked up the chances of Gareth Southgate’s England side winning the competition.

‘England is one of the candidates. I don’t think they can run away from it. They play the group phase in England. And is not just England looking good, is nobody looking phenomenal. They have home advantage, they make a camp at the Tottenham HQ. They have the same coach for a few years. 

It was revealed on Friday that Mourinho will join Talksport's coverage of the Euros tournament

It was revealed on Friday that Mourinho will join Talksport’s coverage of the Euros tournament

And the Portuguese discussed the prospects of Gareth Southgate's England side winning it

And the Portuguese discussed the prospects of Gareth Southgate’s England side winning it

‘They have the experience of playing at the (Russia 2018) World Cup where they did very well. In that World Cup, they were still a little bit young. Marcus Rashford in that World Cup was just a little bit young. Many players the same. I think (there) is a big chance.’

The twice-former Chelsea boss then opened up on his desire to manage an international side at the end of his career.

‘One day I want to do it! I want to do a Euro or a World Cup! I can coach any team, Portugal or anyone. Portugal would be more natural because I could add the honour, but if one day I accept to do it for another country, I want to feel the same honour.’ 

When asked about the England job, he diplomatically concluded: ‘England has many options.’ 

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Jose Mourinho signs up to be a pundit and PHONE-IN HOST for talkSPORT

Jose’s back… just a week after the sack! Mourinho admits he’s ‘missing football already’ as he signs up to be a pundit and PHONE-IN HOST for talkSPORT at Euro 2020, having pocketed £20m from Tottenham in compensation package

  • Jose Mourinho has found work as a pundit with radio broadcaster talkSPORT 
  • The Portuguese was sacked by Tottenham last week following a poor campaign 
  • Mourinho says he is ‘missing football already’ upon his announcement on Friday 
  • The 58-year-old will work for the broadcaster for this summer’s Euro 2020 

Jose Mourinho has admitted he is ‘missing football already’ after finding work just days after his sacking from Tottenham with the Portuguese coach taking up a punditry role with radio station talkSPORT. 

The 58-year-old was relieved of his duties by Spurs chief Daniel Levy last week, just days before the club’s appearance in the Carabao Cup final, having overseen an underwhelming campaign.

The north Londoners were dumped out of the Europa League by Dinamo Zagreb under Mourinho’s watch and are unlikely outsiders to clinch a place in the top four, missing out on Champions League football for a second successive season. 

Despite pocketing £20m in compensation from Spurs, Mourinho has taken up a new role with talkSPORT after admitting that he ‘misses football already’, more than a week after his dismissal.

In a clip posted to the broadcaster’s Twitter page, Mourinho said: ‘I am totally absorbed by football. I just love to work. In this moment, I am not working for a week and I am missing it already.’  

Jose Mourinho has found work just days after his sacking from Tottenham Hotspur this month

The Portuguese was dismissed by Spurs chief Daniel Levy last week after a poor campaign

The Portuguese was dismissed by Spurs chief Daniel Levy last week after a poor campaign

Mourinho’s arrival was unveiled by Alan Brazil on the breakfast show on Friday morning, with the Portuguese taking up punditry duties for this summer’s Euros. 

‘Hello to everyone at talkSPORT, this is Jose Mourinho. Delighted to say I will be joining the talkSPORT team for the Euros this summer. I will be joining the likes of Laura Woods, Ally McCoist and Alan Brazil to give my views on all of the action. 

‘Good luck to England, good luck to Scotland and of course good luck to Portugal.’ 

The broadcaster teased Mourinho’s arrival on Thursday night, tweeting a video of a mysterious figure resembling the Portuguese arriving at talkSPORT headquarters with the caption: ‘We’ve got something “special” for you. Join us at 8am.’ 

And the Portuguese will work with the broadcaster for this summer's European Championship

And the Portuguese will work with the broadcaster for this summer’s European Championship

Mourinho was heard saying 'I am not working for a week and I'm missing it already'

Mourinho was heard saying ‘I am not working for a week and I’m missing it already’

Ryan Mason has taken over on an interim basis and was unable to win the club’s first piece of silverware since 2008 as Spurs fell to a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City at Wembley.

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag is a frontrunner for the Spurs hotseat, while super-agent Jorge Mendes is reportedly pushing Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo in the club’s direction. Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is understood to have snubbed Levy’s advances to take over.  

Levy described Mourinho as ‘a true professional’ following his sacking, ending the Portuguese’s 17-month stay with the club after taking over from Mauricio Pochettino in November 2019. 

Mourinho is understood to have pocketed £20m in compensation from the north Londoners

Mourinho is understood to have pocketed £20m in compensation from the north Londoners 

Mourinho appears to be left with few managerial gigs in England after his latest dismissal

Mourinho appears to be left with few managerial gigs in England after his latest dismissal 

‘Jose and his coaching staff have been with us through some of our most challenging times as a Club,’ the Spurs chairman said.

‘Jose is a true professional who showed enormous resilience during the pandemic. On a personal level I have enjoyed working with him and regret that things have not worked out as we both had envisaged.

‘He will always be welcome here and we should like to thank him and his coaching staff for their contribution.’  

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