Jose Mourinho announces he wants a new job in football IMMEDIATELY and WON’T take Klopp-style sabbatical – but issues a three-word response to links to a Man United return

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Jose Mourinho wants to throw himself back into work straight away following his Roma sacking, saying the prospect of taking a sabbatical makes him ‘depressed.’

But the Portuguese coach, 61, insists he doesn’t have unfinished business at Manchester United, saying the rumours were ‘not from me’.

Mourinho was fired by Roma on January 16 despite leading the Italian club to back-to-back European finals.

They sat ninth in Serie A at the time and Mourinho’s touchline antics had started to cause problems.

Speaking to Rio Ferdinand‘s FIVE podcast, the former United, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss said he intended to throw himself into a new challenge as quickly as possible, with some offers already turned down.

Jose Mourinho wants to return to football as quickly as possible following his Roma sacking

The Portuguese coach was in tears after he was sacked by Roma last month after a poor run

The Portuguese coach was in tears after he was sacked by Roma last month after a poor run

Jose Mourinho has opened up on the personal 'hurt' of being sacked by Roma, the club he led to Europa Conference League success in 2022 and last season's Europa League final

Jose Mourinho has opened up on the personal ‘hurt’ of being sacked by Roma, the club he led to Europa Conference League success in 2022 and last season’s Europa League final

‘I was having lunch with my friends and people that works with me and we were in the lift. I was telling the guys if I can work tomorrow, I work tomorrow,’ Football.com global ambassador Mourinho said.

‘I don’t enjoy any day without work. I don’t understand, I’m sorry guys. But I don’t understand people that speak about sabbatical time.

‘Sabbatical time gives me only one thing – depression. So I want a different job. I just want to work but I need to be patient.’

Mourinho added he has received job offers since leaving Roma but ‘it was not something I was interested in.’

He coached United between 2016 and 2018, winning the EFL Cup and the Europa League during his first season, but insisted suggestions he wants to return are wide of the mark.

Pep Guardiola took a sabbatical between the Barcelona and Bayern Munich jobs in 2012-13 and lived in New York. 

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp also hinted he may take some time out from the game when he leaves Anfield this summer after admitting the job had made him ‘exhausted’. 

Mourinho won the UEFA Europa League during his time with Man United - but has shut down suggestions he has 'unfinished business' at Old Trafford

Mourinho won the UEFA Europa League during his time with Man United – but has shut down suggestions he has ‘unfinished business’ at Old Trafford

He also won the EFL Cup in his first season in charge at Old Trafford in 2016-2017

He also won the EFL Cup in his first season in charge at Old Trafford in 2016-2017 

All three parts of the interview will be available on FIVE’s YouTube – The full interview with José Mourinho will be available on @FIVEUK’s audio platforms, Spotify, Apple and Google Podcasts. 





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