Jose Mourinho at Huddersfield

Jose Mourinho: ‘Call me a head coach, not Man United’s manager’

Not Man United manager

Jose Mourinho has made it clear that he thinks of himself more as a coach than a manager at Manchester United.

That’s on the back of the board deciding the transfer targets put forward by the manager weren’t good enough – and while Mourinho was slightly passive aggressive in his reply, he certainly made a good point about the modern game.

Mourinho was asked about his thoughts on the United board failing to agree with the targets he suggested, and said that’s the changing nature of football – and he had to get on with it.

He said to Sky Sports: “That’s football management.

“Football is changing. Probably football managers should be called more head coaches. We have big multi-functional coaching staffs and I think we are more the head coach than the manager.”

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 10: Paul Pogba of Manchester United scores his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford on August 10, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Plans gone wrong

Mourinho also spoke about how his plans have gone wrong this summer, and said that while he won’t be mentioning it again, the fact he doesn’t have the new stars he planned for has caused a rethink.

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That may be the case for many managers, but Mourinho was so specific about wanting five players in, and with only two coming back, he’s not been happy.

He added: “I had my plans for many months and I find myself in the beginning of the Premier League, with the market closed, I find myself in a situation which I did not think I was going to be in.

“I think it will be the last time I speak about it. It’s finished, the market is closed and no more talk about it.”

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