Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos has revealed that Jose Mourinho convinced him to become a coach when the time came to hang up his boots, and that The Special One told him he should try to be a manager.
According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola the former Brazil left-back, who is currently coaching Sivasspor in the Turkish Super Lig, has confirmed that he spoke to a number of respected footballing figures, including Mourinho, when the time came to make a decision on his future. As he recalls, they all pushed him in the same direction.
"Before starting my coaching career I spoke with Zico and listened to what he had to say. I also spoke to Mourinho and Scolari," Carlos revealed.
"Mourinho told me that, given the career I've had, to be assistant coach should not be my main goal. He told me I should think seriously about being a head coach.
"Mourinho has given me the confidence and belief necessary to move forward."
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"Mourinho has given me the confidence and belief necessary to move forward"
Given his glittering career as a player, including his most notable spell at the Santiago Bernabeu as an influential member of the original ‘Galacticos’ setup, it’s unsurprising that he was advised to change his arm in management, even if he’s taken a rather unconventional route - at least by modern standards - of starting at the bottom and working his way up.
Post-playing career to date
The decision to step up to the plate and take on the role of player-manager at Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala gave him his first taste of being in control of a team, even if he became assistant soon after once somebody more suitable was found for the role longterm.
Since 2013 he’s been working with Sivasspor, and whilst he remains further out of the limelight than many of his former Real teammates, that’s not to say that he’s going to be away from mainstream European football for long.
If Mourinho’s talk was the result of successful foresight on The Special One’s part then he will be manager of a more esteemed club soon enough, and with his stellar reputation and classy character, fans will be baying to see him on the touchline.
As for Mourinho himself, Carlos couldn’t really have an individual better to give a character referral. The Chelsea boss has established himself as arguably the best manager on the planet, and the fact that his Blues side are currently tearing apart the Premier League serves as proof that he very much still has it.
Last season may have yielded nothing in the way of trophies, but the squad Mourinho has now assembled at Stamford Bridge looks to be the business.