JOSE MOURINHO cannot envisage retiring thanks to the wise words of Sir Alex Ferguson.
But the 59-year-old admits the days of calling himself ‘The Special’ are long gone – even as he leads Roma to a European title.
Mourinho has a chance to become the first manager to win UEFA trebles: the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League.
After a disappointing spell in charge of Tottenham, the Portuguese coach appears to have found a revival at Roma – the ninth other club he has managed in 22 years.
And with the chance to uphold his record of never having lost a major European final against Feyenoord tonight in Tirana, that fire still burns for Jose.
Looking back at the 2012/13 Champions League round of 16, he recalled: “It was Manchester United against Real Madrid. Before the game, Sir Alex invited me to his office.
“I asked him, ‘How’s that, boss? does it change Does it change over the years?’. He said, “Forget it. Nothing changes. It’s like that until the very last day.
“That’s why I keep saying I can’t believe I’m 59 years old. I can’t believe I have a 22 year career as a head coach. I can’t tell you when I’ll stop because I can’t imagine it.
“The passion doesn’t change.”
Mourinho billed himself as the Special One after winning the Champions League with Porto when he joined Chelsea at the age of 41.
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This label remained worthy after some extremely successful years.
And a win against Feyenoord would be the fifth European title in his illustrious career.
When asked if he could produce another special performance tonight, he said: “The Special One is an old story.
“When you’re more mature and stable, you think a lot more about people and less about yourself.
“I can just do what any coach can do and try to help the team.
“I don’t believe in magic moments. This isn’t an individual’s moment, it’s the team, the players, the staff.
“The Special One is an Old Story”
“Does each new achievement mean more than the previous one? It does.
“But there’s nothing special to do, just be us.”
There will be those who will diminish the value of the European third division title.
But Mourinho has no place for snobbery when it comes to finals.
He added: “The Conference League is our Champions League. That’s the level we’re at, the competition we’re playing in.
“The club hasn’t had an event like this for a long time.
“But we haven’t won anything yet and we definitely want that.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/5414048/jose-mourinho-no-longer-special-one-roma/ Jose Mourinho admits he’s NOT the ‘special’ anymore… even if he wins the Europa Conference League with Roma