Former Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has described how he became Roma manager days after being sacked by the London club, and appears to take a swipe at his ex-employers in the process.
Mourinho was sacked in April and employed by Roma 15 days later, as the Serie A club announced that he would be taking over from Paolo Fonseca at the end of the season.
Ryan Mason took interim charge of Spurs and they are still looking for Mourinho’s replacement.
Describing his move to Roma, the 58-year-old told GQ Portugal: “They [the owners] really wanted me.
“It was almost instantly, me leaving Tottenham in the morning and Roma calling me in the afternoon. They wanted me a lot and were objective.
“Something I had already felt throughout my years in Italy was the Italian passion when it comes to football, specifically around Roma, a club that has won no trophies in 20 years.
“These are new owners, who have a very humble approach in a way that they recognised this was a new chapter in their amazing professional lives, a chapter in which they needed help from someone with a broad experience.
“They were very honest and straightforward, and I immediately felt this passion I have for my work. So I didn’t have to think too much about it, because they really touched me with their approach. I really liked it.”
In his 21-year managerial career, Mourinho has managed ten different tenures at various clubs.
The ex-Chelsea manager has won the Premier League three times, and he was asked about the negotiation process when becoming a club’s new manager, and perhaps took a dig at Spurs in his response.
“I make mistakes sometimes, I haven’t always chosen the right project, or I may have been misled about the path of some projects,” he added.
“I’ve made mistakes or I’ve been led in a dishonest way into accepting what I shouldn’t have, but in the end it’s all the same.
“Lately I’ve been having very different projects to before. I went to Manchester United in a phase of transition, not to say decay. I went to Tottenham who don’t have a history of success.
“Now I go to Roma with new owners, but I immediately felt this empathy with the owners, the director and they straight away reignited the fire and passion I have for my job.
“So here I go on another mission impossible. I say impossible because people tend to look at me and in their eyes there’s only one way to measure success, which is that I have to win.”