Jose Mourinho says he is not considering retirement as he spoke for the first time since being sacked by Manchester United in December.
Mourinho, who was appearing as a pundit for Quarter based Broadcaster Bein Sports on its coverage of the Asian Cup, says he still belongs at the top level. The 55-year-old had not spoken to the media since his dismissal in December.
“I want to coach. I belong to top-level football and [that] is where I am going to be,” Jose Mourinho said. “I am too young, I am in football for a long, long time but I will be 56 in a couple of weeks and am really too young.”
The Portuguese was sacked as Manchester United manager on 18 December following a Premier League defeat by leaders Liverpool that left them closer in terms of points to the relegation zone than the top of the table.
Since former Red Devils striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge, United have won six succ It is understood a non-disclosure agreement signed as part of his pay-off at United means Mourinho is not allowed to talk directly about his departure.
However, he did say that clubs need to provide managers and coaches with support to deal with “modern players”. During his time at Manchester United he clashed with several players, including France midfielder Paul Pogba, the club’s record signing. “Everything good I did with players is not news anymore,” he said. “News is when you have problems. In modern football there is a problem between the coach and the player.
“We are not in a time any more where the coach, by himself, is powerful enough to cope and to have a relationship of education and sometimes confrontation with players who are not the best professionals.”
Jose Mourinho says modern football clubs need structuring so that there is not a direct relationship “between the player and the coach”, something he says can lead to “hard decisions”.
“The club must have an owner, a chief executive, a sports director and then a manager. This is a structure that can cope with all the problems that modernity is bringing to all of us.