Jose Mourinho opens up on his ‘hurt’ at Roma sacking as ex-Man United, Real Madrid and Chelsea boss admits it was the first job he took on pure emotion

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Jose Mourinho has revealed his ‘hurt’ at being sacked by Roma because it was the first heart-over-head managerial post he’d ever taken.

The Portuguese coach won the Europa Conference League with the Italian club in 2022 and then guided them to last season’s Europa League final.

But he was sacked by owners Dan and Ryan Friedkin on January 16 with Roma sitting a lowly ninth in the Serie A standings.

Mourinho, 61, said he chose Roma after turning down the opportunity to coach the Portugal national team and also in Saudi Arabia.

‘I can say it was the one [exit] that has hurt me the most,’ Mourinho, who is a Football.com global ambassador, told Rio Ferdinand’s FIVE show.

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

The Portuguese coach was in tears after he was sacked on January 16 following a poor run

The Portuguese coach was in tears after he was sacked on January 16 following a poor run

Mourinho admitted the Roma job was the first posting he'd taken purely based on emotions

Mourinho admitted the Roma job was the first posting he’d taken purely based on emotions

‘I gave everything, I gave my heart, I gave even some options that could be considered not very clever from the professional point of view.

‘I refused some great working opportunities. The first one was very hard to refuse because it was Portugal national team, probably the best Portugal national team ever and three years before a World Cup.

‘Then I had a big one from Saudi and I didn’t hide it at the time because it was really big.

‘I did it – normally I a very pragmatic in my choices, very professional in my choices and I try to be very emotionally controlled and you could see that when I left other clubs after winning finals.

‘In this case I was not pragmatic, I was emotional and I gave everything. So in the end when I left, I left hurt. I had the great feeling that I gave so much happiness to the people.

‘Two European finals in a row doesn’t happen too often, especially in a club like Roma which doesn’t have a big history of European success.

Mourinho wasn't able to make it back-to-back European successes as Roma lost on penalties to Sevilla in the UEFA Europa League final last season

Mourinho wasn’t able to make it back-to-back European successes as Roma lost on penalties to Sevilla in the UEFA Europa League final last season

The Portuguese coach was heartbroken after leaving Roma following two-and-a-half seasons

The Portuguese coach was heartbroken after leaving Roma following two-and-a-half seasons

‘Then I was walking in the street and the people were like “take us to Dublin, take us to Dublin” [for this year’s Europa League final] and so I had that in my mind, the third European final in a row.

‘But you have to respect, the owner is always the owner. It’s not the first time I left a club, it is probably the first time I am feeling it in a different way.

‘You move on, you try to learn from the experience be better for the next one.’

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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