Football: Jose Mourinho targets June return to club management, rules out handling national team

Jose Mourinho has been out of a job since he was sacked by English giants Manchester United in December.
Jose Mourinho has been out of a job since he was sacked by English giants Manchester United in December. PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is targeting a return to club management during the close season in June and has an idea about the type of club he wants to take charge of, the Portuguese has said.

The 56-year-old has been out of a job since he was sacked by the English giants in December following a dismal run of results that left them sixth in the Premier League standings, 19 points behind league leaders Liverpool.

"What I have in mind is that I would like to be back in the summer, in June, for a new club, for a new pre-season," Mourinho told BeIN Sports.

"I know exactly what I don't want. That's the reason why I had to say (no) already to three or four different offers. And I know what I want, in terms of not a specific club but the nature of the job, the dimension of the job."

Mourinho had said in January that he was not sure if he would manage another club in England after stints with Chelsea and United.

He, however, ruled out taking the reins of a national team as he prefers the day-to-day work that comes with being a club manager.

"I don't think so," he said, when asked if he would take charge of a national team. "I think a national team job is a very specific job.

"I like daily football, I like daily work, I like many competitions, I like matches and I want to stay in football club level. But who knows?"