Story By: Juan Mayes, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golder’s News And Sport
Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly rejected an offer by Sporting Lisbon to manage the club after his recent sacking from Manchester United.
Portuguese daily newspaper “O Jogo” (The Game) report Mourinho, 56, was approached by Sporting president Federico Varandas and offer edto manage the Lisbon-based team.
Local media report that Mourinho “was flattered but ended up rejecting the offer” because he “found no reason to be persuaded to take the job”.
According to O Jogo, Varandas also approached Everton manager Marco Silva who also turned the position down.
Other candidates the Sporting President reportedly approached were the ex-Sporting coach and Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim and Portugal under-21’s coach Rui Jorge.
Mourinho was a translator at Sporting and Porto. He received his first managing position in 2000 with Portuguese top-flight team Benfica the giving start to his successful career as a manager.
Mourinho has been linked with several high-profile jobs after he was sacked by Manchester United in December of 2018.
Real Madrid have been mentioned to be a potential club for his return by local media however Mourinho recently said: “I would not like to return to Real Madrid because they already have a manager” referring to Zinedine Zidane.
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