Jose Mourinho ‘preparing’ for June management return

Former Manchester United's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho speaks answers to journalists at the Baselworld watch and jewellery fair in Basel. (AFP)
Updated 23 March 2019
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Jose Mourinho ‘preparing’ for June management return

LONDON: Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said on Saturday that he is looking to return to football management this summer, but it would have to be the “right project.”
The Portuguese has been out of work since he was sacked by United in December.
Mourinho previously said that he had turned down “three or four job offers” and this week said he was in the process of “preparing” for the next one.
“I would like to be back in the summer in June for a new club and a new pre-season,” he said.
“I know exactly what I don’t want. I know what I want, in terms of not the specific club but the nature of the job, the dimension of the job.”
Mourinho had been linked with a return to his former club Real Madrid before the reigning European champions decided to reappoint Zinedine Zidane.
Mourinho, who also managed FC Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan, said he misses “nothing at all” but that he was “not on holiday or bored with nothing to do.”
“I am working, preparing myself for the next one,” he added.
However, he did rule out taking a job with a national team.
Asked if he would be managing at the Qatar World Cup in 2022, he said: “I don’t think so. I like daily football, daily work, many competitions. I like matches and I want to stay in football club level.”
Mourinho has won two Champions League titles and eight league titles in a career that has spanned four countries and 17 years.


Alex McLeish sacked as Scotland manager

Updated 18 April 2019
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Alex McLeish sacked as Scotland manager

  • McLeish was hired in February last year and led Scotland to the top of their Nations League group, securing the safety net of a playoff should they fail to qualify automatically for the Euros next year
  • However, qualifying got off to the worst possible start in Kazakhstan and an unconvincing 2-0 victory over San Marino three days later did little to further McLeish’s case to be kept on

LONDON: Alex McLeish’s second term as Scotland manager ended on Thursday as he was sacked following a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Kazakhstan to begin their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign last month.
“Ultimately, the performances and results as a whole in the past year — and, in particular, the manner of the defeat in Kazakhstan — did not indicate the progress expected with a squad we believe to be capable of achieving more,” Ian Maxwell, the Scottish FA’s chief executive, said in a statement.
McLeish was hired in February last year and led Scotland to the top of their Nations League group, securing the safety net of a playoff should they fail to qualify automatically for the Euros next year from a group containing Belgium and Russia.
However, qualifying got off to the worst possible start in Kazakhstan and an unconvincing 2-0 victory over San Marino three days later did little to further McLeish’s case to be kept on.
Scotland have not qualified for a major tournament since 1998, but Hampden will host four matches at Euro 2020 and the SFA are hoping to reinvigorate the qualifying campaign under new management.
“We firmly believe we have the potential to recover from the opening group defeat and unlock the potential of this exciting squad of players for the remainder of the campaign, safe in the knowledge we also have the play-offs as an additional route to UEFA Euro 2020,” added Maxwell.
McLeish led Scotland to the brink of qualifying for Euro 2008 in his first spell in charge, missing out in the final qualifier at home to Italy before leaving for Birmingham.
His second stint managing the national team lasted just 12 games, winning five and losing seven.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to have managed my country for a second time and leave knowing that I gave my all in the pursuit of success,” said McLeish.
“I am proud that together we finished top of our UEFA Nations League group and qualified for the UEFA EURO 2020 play-offs, which gives us a real opportunity to reach a major tournament for the first time in over 20 years.”
The pressure is now on the SFA to make an appointment in time for Scotland’s next Euro qualifiers at home to Cyprus and away to Belgium in June.