Fergie fully expects Jose return
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson expects former Chelsea
boss Jose Mourinho to return to the Premier League one day.
The charismatic former Blues coach continues to be linked
with all the major jobs in England despite guiding Inter Milan back
to the Serie A summit after clinching the Italian title last term
in his first year in charge.
It is said Mourinho was offered the opportunity to replace
Mark Hughes at Manchester City, only to turn it down amid
speculation that he has his heart set on following Ferguson into
the Old Trafford hotseat.
As Ferguson has not shown any sign of relinquishing a job he
has held since 1986, or any inclination to do so, Mourinho might be
waiting a while. That is not a debate Ferguson wants to enter.
However, acknowledging Mourinho’s presence at Stamford Bridge
yesterday to gather information on his former club ahead of the
potentially explosive Champions League last 16 meeting between
Inter and Chelsea next spring, Ferguson does expect to see the
Portuguese coach back in the Premier League eventually.
“Every time I have spoken to Jose Mourinho, he has always
said that he liked English football better than anywhere else,”
said the United boss. “The attraction to get back to England at
some point will always be there.
“He is still a young man and being at Chelsea yesterday will
have reignited his thoughts about English football because you
don’t get the atmosphere, intensity and closeness to the pitch at
Chelsea in a lot of the Italian grounds.
“He will miss that.”