Jose Mourinho has revealed a return to football next season ‘could be premature’ after being sacked as Tottenham manager.
Mourinho, 58, was dismissed by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy on April 19 with the side seventh in the Premier League and less than a week before the Carabao Cup final, which they lost 1-0 to Manchester City under 29-year-old interim boss Ryan Mason.
In a Times interview, most of which was carried out before his departure, the Portuguese also criticised the lack of competition in France and Germany and discussed England’s prospects at the delayed European Championship tournament.
Jose Mourinho has opened up on his next steps after being sacked as Tottenham manager
He said: ‘I have no plans, I am going on with my normal life. I feel fresh. I feel calm. I am on holiday. I have more time to be doing my homework and analysis. I’ll wait to be back in football. Not just for the right club, but for the right culture. Maybe next season is premature, we will see.
‘I won everything with Inter. There is a special affection. But if one day I have to go to Italy and coach a rival club, I don’t think twice. I have this professional way of looking at things. I feel good with myself.’
However, the Portuguese ruled out a move to the likes of Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, given their massive dominance in their respective domestic leagues – despite being highly unlikely to move to either club.
He ruled out a move to Bayern Munich or Paris Saint-Germain due to the lack of competition
‘In Germany and France, if you go to club A (Bayern) or club B (PSG), you know your destiny is written immediately. In England it is competition at the highest level. That attracted me. It’s all about the pressure. I want it. I would choose pressure, always. I refuse to go to a country where the pressure doesn’t exist. I refuse!’
It was announced on Friday that Mourinho would be part of Talksport’s radio coverage of the Euros, and he talked up the chances of Gareth Southgate’s England side winning the competition.
‘England is one of the candidates. I don’t think they can run away from it. They play the group phase in England. And is not just England looking good, is nobody looking phenomenal. They have home advantage, they make a camp at the Tottenham HQ. They have the same coach for a few years.
It was revealed on Friday that Mourinho will join Talksport’s coverage of the Euros tournament
And the Portuguese discussed the prospects of Gareth Southgate’s England side winning it
‘They have the experience of playing at the (Russia 2018) World Cup where they did very well. In that World Cup, they were still a little bit young. Marcus Rashford in that World Cup was just a little bit young. Many players the same. I think (there) is a big chance.’
The twice-former Chelsea boss then opened up on his desire to manage an international side at the end of his career.
‘One day I want to do it! I want to do a Euro or a World Cup! I can coach any team, Portugal or anyone. Portugal would be more natural because I could add the honour, but if one day I accept to do it for another country, I want to feel the same honour.’
When asked about the England job, he diplomatically concluded: ‘England has many options.’