Mourinho “hours away” from being England manager

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, who has revealed his fondness for managing in England in the past, says he was only hours away from succeeding Steve McClaren in 2007.

Speaking to French sports paper L’Equipe, Mourinho revealed:

“I was hours away – I almost signed up for the England national team. But at the last minute I began thinking, ‘I am going to coach a national side, there will be one match a month and the rest of the time I will be in my office or overseeing matches.'”

The former Chelsea manager added that international coaching was too far away from day to day involvement, saying:

“And then to have to wait until the summer to compete in a European Championship or a World Cup? No, it wasn’t for me. So at the last moment I pulled back, preferring to wait for the right job to come along, a good club, a challenge that could motivate me. That was Inter.”