LONDON. — Jose Mourinho has broken his silence to promise he will be back in football soon — and show himself to be The Humble One.
Mourinho has been out of work for six weeks since being sacked by Chelsea but admits his life feels incomplete without being in the manager’s chair.
The 53-year-old is reported to be close to sealing a move to take over Manchester United from Louis van Gaal in the summer, and he insists whichever club gets him, he will not be the braggart his reputation sometimes suggests.
“I have always to learn. Even in football, which is an area in which I feel I am an expert, I am never perfect and I will always learn,” said Mourinho in an interview while working with Jaguar’s new SUV.
“Sometimes in my work, and also in private life, maybe people think I am not humble. But I am so humble, and I am always ready to learn from people who know more than me.
“No, I am not enjoying it (not working). I can have my family, I can have my friends, I can have my quiet life, which I also like, and I can have my football. I can have everything together and I don’t need to give up on one of them.
“To be fully happy I need everything, so I go back to football. I think it’s my natural habitat. I have worked since I can remember, and as a manager since 2000.
“I stopped when I left Chelsea in 2007, for a few months, and now is the second time I stop in 15 or 16 years, so it is not a drama. But for sure, I will be back soon.”
His insight will interest United fans who believe Mourinho — dubbed the Special One after he won his first Champions League with Porto — was overlooked for David Moyes in 2013 because the club feared he would drag the club into controversial issues.
In the past, he has criticised the ambulance service for failing to treat his goalkeeper Petr Cech quickly enough after he suffered a head injury against Reading and poked Barcelona assistant Tito Vilanova in the eye during an El Clasico. He publicly criticised Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro for running on to the pitch to treat Eden Hazard on the opening day of this season against Swansea.
But, in an interview with GQ in an area of Swedish Lapland where he was testing the new Jaguar cross-over F-Pace, he explains why he has been involved in so many awkward situations. He puts it down to his unquenchable desire to win.
“It is why I sometimes have some conflicts with people who don’t share the same philosophy,” he said. “You are in a sport to compete, you want to win, you hate to lose, you win once, so you want to win twice. When you are tired you can go home, and give up your place to someone else.
“For example, if you are in a club that wins, if you want to win again you have to create instability in the winners. And to create instability in the winners you have to make them doubt, you have to buy new players, you have to make them feel not in their comfort zone.
“There is a normal tendency to go to your comfort zone. If you don’t react, if you believe that just because you won in one year that you are going to win again, it’s very difficult.”
Mourinho has won championships in his native Portugal, Italy and Spain but repeated his desire to continue working in England because of the competitive nature of the league and a family decision to continue living in London.
“When my kids were younger, we could move a lot, experience different countries and in my case different clubs, different football,” he said.
“But there was a moment where they needed some stability: so we made a decision three years ago to move back to London, and we manage my professional life around that. It’s an amazing place to live, amazing for them to study and search for their future, and for the family to be together.
“At this moment I don’t know where football will take me, because in football you never know. But as a family, our home will be in London.” — Mailonline.