Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that he was 'scared' when Sir Alex Ferguson told him that he was going to retire.
As reported by Goal.com, Mourinho claims the Red Devils legend told him of his plans before making it public and has admitted that it came as a relief when the Scot informed the media of his decision.
The Portuguese tactician has also insisted that he didn't discuss the top job at Manchester United with Ferguson as he had already made it clear that he wanted to complete a return to Chelsea.
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Speaking to the BBC, Mourinho stated: "Every manager in the world looks at Man Utd as a huge club but I wanted to come to Chelsea.
"And we didn't bring that to the table because we were so open and he knows so much about myself that he knew that for almost a season, I want to leave Real Madrid and I want to come to Chelsea.
"He told me a huge secret, not many people knew, like, one month or two months before the decision. I know that he trusts me, because if he doesn't, he doesn't tell me but I was scared.
"I was scared so when finally he informed the media about this decision it was a sense of relief."
Let's be honest, Mourinho could probably do with getting in contact with Ferguson for some advice after his early season nightmare in west London.
Chelsea have endured a torrid start to the campaign, but the Blues boss would have been buoyed by the fact the club released a statement backing him to turn things around at Stamford Bridge.
A massive 12 points behind league leaders Manchester City, it's going to be a huge ask for Mourinho's side to retain the title, but there's no reason why they can't secure a place in the top four of the division.
With fixtures against the likes of Aston Villa, West Ham and Stoke City on the horizon, Chelsea will be determined to climb the table sooner rather than later.
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