Mourinho denies sabbatical after Chelsea departure

Jose Mourinho is looking forward to getting back into management following his exit from Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea.

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Mourinho left his role at Stamford Bridge after a dire start to the season which has seen the Blues follow up their title win last term with nine defeats from their opening 16 games.

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But the Portuguese, who released statement through the agency which represents him, is relishing a new challenge.

"He will not be taking a sabbatical, he isn't tired, he doesn't need it, he is very positive, and is already looking forward," CAA said in a statement.

"Because of his love of football, you will see Jose at football grounds working and supporting friends. He will not be attending any high-profile games because he wants to discourage any speculation about his future.

"Jose will remain living in London and hopes he and his family will be given the opportunity to do this privately.

"Jose will not speak about his current situation for the foreseeable future. He asks the media to respect this decision."

Blues bosses insisted Mourinho had left the club "by mutual consent" but the statement hints that he was sacked.

It added: "During his career, Jose has sometimes chosen to leave a club, but only at Chelsea has the club decided that he should leave.

"Each time represents for him the end of a cycle, and the opportunity to start a new one. Jose hopes that his future after Chelsea this time will be as successful as when he left the club in 2007."

While Mourinho is already looking to get back into management, Chelsea are yet to replace him as Guus Hiddink has indicated he is in no rush to accept the interim manager's job.



Despite flying into London less than 24 hours after Mourinho left, there was no swift conclusion to negotiations despite the club's hope of having him installed on Friday night.

If he does eventually accept Chelsea's offer, Hiddink will reprise the role he performed in 2009 when he replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari in February of that year, guiding the club to the FA Cup and third place in the table as well as a Champions League semi-final where they narrowly and controversially lost to eventual winners Barcelona courtesy of a stoppage-time away goal.

Assistant coach Steve Holland will take charge for the visit of Sunderland, although Hiddink could be in the stands to run the rule over his prospective new players.


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Published 19 December 2015 at 11:37pm
Source: PA Sport