(AFP) – Oct 21, 2007
LONDON (AFP) — Jose Mourinho insists he is not interested in replacing Steve McClaren as England coach.
McClaren faces the sack if England's stuttering Euro 2008 qualifying campaign ends in failure and former Chelsea manager Mourinho is the bookmakers' favourite to take over.
But the Portuguese wants to stay in club management and, claims even if he did consider an international job, the only challenge that appeals to him is leading his own country.
"I couldn't see myself coaching any national team other than Portugal. If I were coach of another team and had to face Portugal, it would be wrong," he told the News of the World.
"I think there are those who adore me in England. I adore English football. But I won't go back there for now. I'd like to come back later.
"I'd like to continue in club management, perhaps in Italy where I can test myself against their tacticians. The national team would be for later. The Portuguese national team is an ambition but not for the Jose Mourinho of today.
"Being the coach of a national team is not the same as being coach of a club. It's a job for someone who doesn't like working much."
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