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'Lonely' Mourinho promises to smile more at next club

Jose Mourinho (Getty Images)
Jose Mourinho (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Jose Mourinho says that he will be "so happy" when he walks out at his first press conference of the new club that signs him.

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The world-renowned manager has been without work since Manchester United sacked him in December last year.

In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports News, the 56-year-old talks about his demeanor on the pitch and compares it to his "lonely" life behind closed doors.

"It's probably my fault. I am very closed. When I am working I need my loneliness," he said.

"The football manager on many occasions is a lonely man. Lonely with his thoughts. Lonely with his feelings. Lonely with his decisions. You can have staff and people that work with you but the keyword is a decision, only one in charge of decision-making.

"So maybe it's my fault because the tendency is to close myself in a shell. Then also my fault because what people see is the 90 minutes. The way you behave in the game, the way you appear on camera.

"People who see me in the street say: 'Oh you look younger. Oh, I thought you were a little bit fatter, you look slimmer. Oh, you are taller, we thought you were small'.

"So I think TV changed the perspectives.

"I am what I am. I don't act. I see people acting. I don't act, Everything is natural. When I'm on the bench and don't celebrate a goal it's natural, I am focused on what is coming.

"It's natural when I grab the bottles of water and throw them. It's natural when I kick a bottle. What you see is what it is. If I have reason to smile, I smile. I love to smile. I cannot explain."

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Meanwhile, Mourinho’s time at United was marred by clashes with the media, publicly criticising players, in particular, Paul Pogba. He also attacked the board for not spending enough on getting in new players despite spending quite a large chunk on players during his time at the club

Arriving at the club in 2016, by the end of that season, Mourinho had lifted the EFL Cup and the Europa League.

"I can just say that the Manchester United time was not an easy time. I always felt that to win the Europa League was fantastic and it didn't look like it was, the way people approach it," said Mourinho.

"To finish second was even more than that [success], so probably I was feeling a little bit like: 'Wow, I'm working well, I'm giving everything and I'm not getting what I think that deserves'.

"The only thing I can promise you is that when I have the next club, the next project, I will be so, so happy that I will walk into that press conference with a big smile. That I can promise."

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