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Jose Mourinho doesn’t want Manchester United job, calls for Chelsea respect

Apr 25, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

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With the bookmakers speculating who will take over on a permanent basis at Manchester United, one man linked with the job in the past has suddenly shot towards the top of the list.

However like many others, including Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho has distanced himself from taking the vacant job at Old Trafford.

The current Chelsea boss was understood to be in line to take over the Red Devils last year when Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down but David Moyes, who lasted just 10 months after being fired earlier this week, was instead chosen ahead of the 50-year-old Portuguese.

In his Friday press conference Mourinho was asked about rumors of him taking the United job next season, which got this response from the current Chelsea boss who left Real Madrid last summer to return to Stamford Bridge.

“Of course not. How can somebody think about it?” Mourinho said. “I left Real Madrid to come to Chelsea specifically. I signed a four-year contract with Chelsea. I told Chelsea they never have to worry about me because I don’t want to leave. I stay as long as the club wants me to stay.”

Mourinho wasn’t done there, as the ‘Special One’ demanded his side get more respect from English soccer as they aim to make their third UEFA Champions League final in the last seven seasons. The pivotal second leg of their UCL semifinal clash against Atletico is on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge, as Mourinho had openly admitted he will play his ‘B squad’ against Liverpool in a huge title clash this Sunday at Anfield.

With Chelsea flying the flag as England’s sole representative in the final four of the Champions League, he is still upset that the Premier League didn’t postpone Chelsea’s trip to Liverpool this Sunday to give his injury-ravaged side the best chance of progressing to the final in Lisbon on May 24. The Spanish authorities gave Atletico and Real Madrid the weekend off prior to their games to try and give them the best possible chance of progressing, as Mourinho wants to see similar respect shown to his club.

“I think Chelsea fans would like for Chelsea to get the respect the football club deserves,” Mourinho said. “Chelsea fans know what Chelsea did for English football in the last 10 years. They are the most important football club in this country in European competitions. Chelsea fans think Chelsea deserve more respect than they are getting. They want Chelsea to go to Liverpool to give their maximum, which players is our decision.”

  1. Ian's Rushtache - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Is there anything this man does not cry about?

    What he left out of his last tantrum is that Athletico play on Sunday as well this weekend, so the Spanish side is NOT getting better treatment from their association than Chelsea is from the FA.

    I was tickled pink when he left the Prem before, because I never bought the hype, could not stand his ego (who the hell calls themself the Special One), and was sick and tired of his whining. Now we are stuck with him once more.

    • egb234 - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      I hear you, mate. A couple of CL trophies here, domestic cups there, but it’s all hype. Off topic, but can you remind me of where we’re meeting to celebrate the 10 year anniversity of Arsenal’s undefeated run? We’re joining it with the Arsene Wenger fan club meeting, right?

  2. Ian's Rushtache - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    The most important club for England in CL? Wouldn’t he have to have won more than the other English clubs in the past decade for that to be true. Seems Chelsea have won as many as Liverpool and United in the past decade, and they did it without Jose.

  3. egb234 - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Mourinho is wrong about a lot of things and he rubs people the wrong way, but it should be pretty obvious that he is right about this. The FA should do more to help whichever English team is progressing in European competition. It’s not like this is a novel concept–the other leagues are already doing it.

    His point about Chelsea deserving more respect and whatnot will (of course) spark useless debate, but every big club, and the leage in general, should agree that it’s good for the leauge to help teams progress in European competition.

  4. chargerdillon - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    They were a couple penalty kick misses away from beating United in the Champions League under him.

    You can act like Mourinho is overrated, but everywhere he goes, his teams are always in top level competition.

    They have no business being in the Champs League Semi’s right now, but guess what, right now they sit in the drivers seat to make it to the finals by winning a home game.

    Give credit, where credit is due.

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