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.
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.”