Jose Mourinho insists his time at the top isn’t over and is looking for “empathy” at next club

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It will come as a shock to no one that Mourinho thinks he can still cut it as a top-class coach. (AFP)
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Updated 26 February 2019

Jose Mourinho insists his time at the top isn’t over and is looking for “empathy” at next club

  • "Special One" happy to manage at a club without lots of trophies so long as it has ambition.
  • “Some guys don’t win any trophies for 18 years. I didn’t win any trophy for 18 months.”

LONDON: Jose Mourinho is willing to manage a club that is not used to success so long as it has “ambition.”

The man known as the “Special One” was sacked by Manchester United in December and has kept a low profile since — bar slipping on the ice at a Russian ice hockey match and a few TV appearances. But in his first big interview since he was issued with his marching orders from Old Trafford Mourinho insisted his time at the top and winning trophies was far from over. 

“I want high-level football and ambitions at the highest level,” the Portuguese told The Telegraph. 

“(I would) look at a club that is not ready to be a trophy-hunter immediately but with the ambition to be a trophy-hunter.”

“If it is a club without ambition I wouldn’t go.” 

Mourinho has rarely slipped up at a club in the way he did at Manchester United and during this Russian ice hockey match last month. (AFP) 

After he proved himself to be a footballing alchemist at Porto — leading the Portuguese club to Champions league glory in 2004 — Mourinho has only managed big clubs, with deep pockets and a willingness to spend. From Chelsea he went to Inter Milan, Real Madrid, back to Stamford Bridge before his time at Manchester United. The perception of the “Special One” is that he will and can now only manage at clubs with big-name players and an ability to splash the cash. But Mourinho insisted of greater importance to him is the culture within any club he joins. 

I don’t want an internal conflict,” said Mourinho, who has down the years earned a reputation for confronting senior players at clubs he has managed.

“I want internal empathy. And then your conflict is on Sunday on the pitch when you play against somebody who wants to steal your three points.

“That’s the moment of the conflict.”

Mourinho, who enjoyed a good first season with United, landing the Europa League and League Cup before things turned sour when he won nothing last year, says structural empathy is obligatory for him.

“I don’t know if it is a bad translation from Portuguese to English but focus on these two words, ‘structure’ and ‘empathy’,” said Mourinho.

“I want to work with structural empathy. A club is a structure, a complex structure where the manager is an important part of that structure but he is not the structure.

“I want to work with people that I love.

“People I want to work with, that I am happy to work with, with whom I share the same ideas.

“It was what I had at Inter. There are clubs like this. Normally, that is a very important part of a successful club.”

The sight of Mourinho leaving a club under a cloud is nothing new. He was twice sacked from Chelsea and parted company with Real having fallen out with the players and out of favor with the club president Florentino Perez. But he enjoyed success in all three stints at the Bernabeu and Stamford Bridge. Something that, despite winning the League Cup and Europa Cup, few would say about his time in the Old Trafford dugout. 

Asked whether he would learn from his Manchester United failure, Mourinho said: “People used to say that you learn more with defeat.

“Maybe there is some truth in it. I feel my natural habitat is winning. This is the first time when I didn’t win any trophy for 18 months.

“Some guys don’t win any trophies for 18 years. I didn’t win any trophy for 18 months.

“Now I have time for thinking, reflection, trying to understand everything and trying to be more ready for the next one that is coming,” said Mourinho.

“I know it is coming. It hasn’t come yet because what has come along, I didn’t want.”



Finch's century helps fire Australia to eight-wicket win over Pakistan

Updated 23 March 2019

Finch's century helps fire Australia to eight-wicket win over Pakistan

SHARJAH: Aaron Finch's fine century drove Australia to a convincing eight-wicket win over a new-look Pakistan in the first one-day international on Friday.
The Austraian skipper scored 116 off 135 balls for his 12th one-day international century that helped his team overhaul the 281-run target in 49 overs on a flat Sharjah stadium pitch.
The win gives Australia the lead in the five-match series and has come on the back of their 3-2 series win in India earlier this month.
Finch's match-winning knock overshadowed Haris Sohail's maiden one-day hundred (101 not out) which helped Pakistan to 280-5 in their 50 overs.
The 32-year-old smashed Shoaib Malik for a huge six towards deep mid-wicket to complete his century -- his first since June last year against England at Chester-Le-Street -- off 120 balls.
Finch, who knocked four sixes and eight boundaries, added an innings-building 172 runs for the second wicket with Shaun Marsh who scored an unbeaten 91 off 102 balls with four boundaries and two sixes.
With 46 needed Finch became Mohammad Abbas's maiden wicket but Peter Handscomb hit 30 not out to help Marsh cross the line.
Finch and Marsh came together after opener Usman Khawaja fell for 24 to medium pacer Faheem Ashraf, the only other success Pakistan's new-look bowling attack could achieve.
Pakistan rested six of their key players including regular skipper Sarfraz Ahmed in order to keep them fresh for the World Cup starting in UK from May 30.
But the young and inexperienced Pakistan led by Malik proved no match for Australia, who are on a roll after their win in India earlier this month.
Left-hander Sohail, who reached 1,000 runs in his 27th one-day international when on 40, anchored Pakistan's innings, adding 98 for the third wicket with Umar Akmal who made a 50-ball 48 in his first international match for two years.
Sohail took a single to complete his hundred in the last over, finishing with six boundaries and a six.
Pakistan had handed one-day debuts to opener Shan Masood and Abbas -- who have played 15 and 14 Tests respectively.
Masood put on 35 in an opening stand with Imam-ul-Haq (17) before off-spinner Nathan Lyon dismissed Imam in the seventh over, caught and bowled.
Masood, who hit five boundaries in his 62-ball 40, was then bowled by paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile who finished with 1-38 in his 10 overs.
Umar smashed three sixes in one Jhye Richardson over but fell one short of his half century.
Malik fell for 11 and Ashraf and Imad Wasim scored 28 each.
Wasim hit four boundaries and a six during his 13-ball unbeaten knock, helping Pakistan to 55 runs in the last five overs.
Sunday's second ODI is also being played in Sharjah, with the third in Abu Dhabi (March 27) and the last two in Dubai (March 29 and 31).