Jose Mourinho has confessed it will be impossible for him to emulate the managerial reigns of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United or Arsene Wenger at Arsenal because the days of 20-year tenures at the same club are over.
The Portuguese tactician - who is currently enjoying his second spell in charge at Chelsea - says he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge for many years, but concedes the likelihood of replicating the dynasty of those legendary coaches is very slim.
"No, because it is impossible in football,” the Blues boss was quoted saying by the Sunday Telegraph. “Impossible. Modern football, impossible."
Asked whether Wenger would be the last manager to serve such a long period at one club after 19 years as Gunners chief, Mourinho added: “I think so, I think so.”
However, the 52-year-old was quick to reassure any Chelsea supporters that are worried about losing The Special One again after insisting he is determined to stay in west London for the foreseeable future.
“I want to develop this team. I developed the team [last time he was manager] and after three years someone else come - in this case, it was not somebody else. It was one [manager], and one, and another one, another one, another one. How many? Four, or five, or six? They have my team.”
When Mourinho was sacked by Roman Abramovich back in 2007, Chelsea went on to win the Premier League, the Champions League, the Europa League and three FA Cups with the core of the team that he had assembled during his first stint in charge, and he doesn't want to make the same mistake again.
“I didn’t say it at Inter [Milan] because I didn’t want. I didn’t stay at Real [Madrid] because I didn’t want," he concluded. " [But] I want to stay here.
"I want to stay here, that is why I say I am in Mr Abramovich’s hands – he has no pressure. He doesn’t need to give me a contract tomorrow, he doesn’t need to give me more money.
“He doesn’t need to be worried that some club is knocking on my door, he doesn’t have to be worried with anything. It’s just him. When he wants me, I am staying. When he doesn’t want me, I am going. So simple for him; so simple for me.”
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