Wednesday 29 January 2020

Mourinho - Chelsea can never delete me from their history

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Jose Mourinho has broken his silence over his departure from Chelsea, ahead of his return to Stamford Bridge in his new role as Manchester United manager.

Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea last December after a disastrous start to the defence of their Premier League title and he admits the manner of his exit from the club where he has enjoyed his most success was “unpleasant”.

Yet Mourinho has insisted he will return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday with his head held high, as he offered up some insightful views to Sky Sports.

“To be sacked is football. Many of the best managers have had their moment to be sacked,” he told Sky Sports.

“Of course there are exceptions, but in modern football especially, it can happen to anyone. If it was a club where I gave nothing, I think it would have been more difficult.

“When I leave a club when in two different periods I gave titles and gave the fans some of the best moments that they have had then you leave with the feeling ‘I have done my job’.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, pictured, goes head-to-head with Jose Mourinho on Sunday
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, pictured, goes head-to-head with Jose Mourinho on Sunday

“I don’t think they want to, but even if they want to, they couldn’t delete me from Chelsea history. They belong to my history too. No bad feelings.

“The owner, he decided to sack me. The fans, they have no power. They show day by day, match after match, that they wanted me, but in this profile of club, the fans have no power.

“In some clubs, especially in some Latin countries, the format of the club, the fans have real power on the board and with the president and owners, but here they have no power so Mr Abramovich decided to sack me, but I left with not one bad word about anyone or anybody at the club.

“Then I waited for what I would prefer which was to stay in England in the Premier League and then I was lucky to have a big club like Manchester United.”

The terms of Mourinho’s severance package at Chelsea will demand that Mourinho does not reveal the fine details behind his sacking, yet he suggested he hopes he never has to consider a third spell as Blues boss.

“I hope not, honestly. Because I would like to stay (at United) for many many years,” he stated.

“That would mean probably that I would not be searching for another club in the Premier League, so I hope not.”

Mourinho is hoping to receive a warm reception from Chelsea supporters when he returns to his former club on Sunday, even though he is now in charge of one of their fierce rivals.

“I don’t expect a negative reaction, even going with a United badge and going to fight for points,” he added.

“There is no reason for a bad reaction. If they give me a good reception, I don’t know. I’m not their manager anymore. I represent a rival club.

“It doesn’t matter their reaction. I’ll be grateful always. We started so many happy moments, historical moments for the club. When people talked about me being sacked, they always sung my name. I could walk home from  games and never had a bad word said to me.

“When the game starts, I’m going to forget it, the fans will forget it. They’ll focus on the match.”

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