Jose Mourinho reveals he rejected chance to manage Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal national team

Jose Mourinho, the former manager of Real Madrid and Chelsea, has disclosed that he was once offered the chance to lead the Portugal national team but declined the offer. The famous manager made an appearance in a recent episode of Manchester United icon Rio Ferdinand’s YouTube podcast FIVE. The legendary manager was fired by Roma last month, leaving him without a job. Mourinho recalled his previous job offers throughout the conversation as he recalled the exciting chance to lead Portugal as their coach.

Mourinho said that since he was in charge of Manchester United at the time and had commitments to the Premier League squad, he was unable to accept the offer from the national side. If he had accepted the Portugal job, he would have been able to work with Cristiano Ronaldo for the second time in his career.

“I loved my time there. I don’t think the media helped me. I refused great working opportunities, the first one was very, very hard to refuse because it was Portugal. I could’ve been their coach in the national team,” Mourinho said.

Furthermore, Jose Mourinho stated that before Fabio Capello was appointed manager of England in December 2007, he had also been assigned to the role.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Privacy & Cookies Policy