Jose Mourinho has insisted that he would be prepared to join another Premier League club should Roman Abramovich decide to sack him.
The Special One started a second spell at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2013, but knows that the Chelsea owner remains trigger happy. Having failed to win a trophy last season, another disappointing campaign could see Mourinho sacked by the Russian oligarch again.
Mourinho admitted that he is only motivated by succeeding with Chelsea, but understands the reality of the situation he finds himself in. Abramovich has been through almost a dozen managers since taking charge in 2003 and has showed no hesitation to pull the trigger in the past.
The Portuguese manager says that should Abramovich decide to relieve him of his duties, he is prepared to take another job in England.
He told reporters: ’If it had to be [another job in England], yes.
‘’My priority will always be Chelsea and I never think about the interest of others.
‘’But I know football and know I won’t be here five, eight, ten years if I don’t manage to win. Of course not.
‘’That’s not my essence as a coach, because I don’t like to live in those comfort zones. It doesn’t fit my personality."
Mourinho would only be able to join one of the biggest Premier League clubs, leaving only a few alternatives to Chelsea. Manchester United were linked with a move for Mourinho when Sir Alex Ferguson retired while Manchester City could easily sack Manuel Pellegrini if he has a poor six months.
Arsenal would also be a possible option when Arsene Wenger retires, but differing values between Mourinho and the Gunners leave the chances of him managing at the Emirates slim to none.
Not backing down
Mourinho insists he will not quit his post at Stamford Bridge and will only depart when the club tell him to. The target for the Special One is to undergo a long-term project with the Blues.
He continued: ’I will only leave when they want me to leave. There’s no other country, club or investment that motivates me. I will only leave when Mr Abramovich calls me to tell me it’s over.
‘’Only on that day will I look for other solutions. But to answer the question, I will say that when I have to think about the matter, then we’ll see.’’
Mourinho has won pretty much every major trophy in European football, winning the Champions League twice with Porto and Inter Milan as well as domestic titles in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain. However, his ultimate ambition lays unfulfilled.
‘’My dream is that the Champions League Final is Chelsea against any one of the other 31 teams,’’ he added. ‘’I don’t mind which. I dream of playing it!
‘’But I don’t think we are the favourites. The quality of the squads of the two big Spanish clubs and of Bayern puts them on a higher dimension.
‘’And the English teams are squeezed into the maximum of domestic competitions, not only because of the characteristics of the games themselves but also because of their scheduling. Next month no European team will do what we will do: play Sunday and Tuesday.’’