Michel Preud'homme "took" Jose Mourinho from Louis van Gaal

Published 1 Comments

Football News

Club Brugge manager Michel Preud'homme has claimed he played an instrumental role in handing Jose Mourinho his first managerial job at Benfica.

The former Belgium international had been impressed with the Portuguese's work under Louis van Gaal at Barcelona and recommended him to the Benfica president.

Mourinho had been assistant to the Dutchman during his spell in charge at the Nou Camp, but an offer to return to the Primeira Liga proved too good to turn down.


Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250 word test article:

It set the wheels in motion for what would go on to be one of the most successful managerial careers in football history. Mourinho has gone on to win leagues in four countries as well as two Champions League titles.

Preud'homme, whose Club Brugge side will face Van Gaal at Old Trafford on Tuesday in the first leg of their Champions League playoff, said Mourinho's raw talent made him an obvious choice.

The story

He told The Sun: "Yes, I took Mourinho from Van Gaal. I had given the profiles of four candidates to the president. We looked at them and we decided to take Jose.

"Of course, I was the one who proposed Jose to be the manager also after he came to the club. It's a good story. It was his first job as manager and after that he became the great Mourinho.

"I met him when I went to Barcelona once on behalf of Benfica. We had a common friend but I didn't know Jose at the time -- I had just seen him on the bench next to Van Gaal.

"We spoke about football and it was really impressive -- his ideas, his knowledge.

"I think six months later the moment came and I said maybe we'll give a chance to a coach who hasn't coached yet -- Jose."

Same philosophies

Mourinho has certainly made an impression on most people interested in European football with his submissive tactics tending to annoy opposition.

However, Preud'homme says it was the similarities in their philosophies that convinced him to give Mourinho his first chance in management.

He said: “I proposed him to Benfica because his ideas were very close to mine.

“We’re very close in our philosophy and his ideas are a bit like mine.”

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Jose Mourinho
Louis van Gaal
Manchester United

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again