Jose Mourinho has told Chelsea what he wants from his next job amid Mauricio Pochettino pressure

Jose Mourinho has outlined what he is looking for in his next job.
Jose Mourinho has outlined what he is looking for in his next job. -Credit:Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that he is looking for a club with a ‘professional structure’ where he can be a ‘head coach’ as his next role, with the Portuguese on the lookout for a new club.

Mourinho has been out of work since leaving Roma back in January. He has managed Chelsea on two separate occasions, and there have been some calls for him to return for a third spell amid Mauricio Pochettino ’s struggles this season.

The Blues currently sit in ninth place in the Premier League, with only an outside chance of qualifying for Europe at the end of the season. Their final chance of lifting silverware went over the weekend as they lost to Man City in the FA Cup semi-final.

Speaking in an interview with the Telegraph , Mourinho has now outlined what he is looking for in his next role. The 61-year-old has no intention to call it a day on his career yet.

“My dream job description – because sometimes you have a job title and another thing is the job description – is ‘head coach’,” he said. “That’s my dream. To be the coach. To be the guy who works with the team, focus on developing players, preparing matches.

“Fortunately, I had that in my career. Unfortunately, I had other situations when I had to be much more than that. When you are much more than that you are not as good a coach as you can be.

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“The club puts you in a position where I don’t want to be. Do you think after the Europa League final that we lost, in the circumstances that we lost, I was happy with all the emotion that I felt? Do you think I was happy to be the face of the club that went to the press conference to speak about these events? No, I hated to go.

“If people fear something [about Mourinho], don’t fear. Give me a professional structure where I am only the head coach because this is what I am good at.

“People say I’m good at communication. Many, many times you say the wrong things. Especially when you communicate three or four times a week. A club’s structure pushes me in the wrong direction.”

During the interview, two clubs - West Ham and Brighton, who could potentially be on the lookout for a new manager for two different reasons, were mentioned. So would Mourinho take either job if offered?

“What could really make a difference is how much the club wants me,” he said. “How much the club needs a person and a coach of my profile. And how much feeling, empathy I could feel with the structure.”

Mourinho continues: “The only thing I want is that the targets and the objectives have to be established by everyone in a fair way. I cannot go to a club where, because of my history, the objective is to win the title. No. The only thing I want is that it has to be fair.

“Do you think if I was at a big Premier League club and we were sixth, seventh, eighth, in the table, I still have a job? What I am saying is people [should] look at me the way they look at others.

“What is important for me is if the club has objectives and for me to be able to say I am ready to fight for these. I don’t want to say realistic, but [at least] semi-realistic. Because when I went to Roma nobody was dreaming about European Cup finals and we did it.

“It’s not possible I go to a club almost relegated and the objective is to win the Champions League. It’s good but it is not fair.”