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Jose Mourinho hints at return to management as he visits World Cup stadium

Mirror logo Mirror 22/1/2019 Anthony Harwood

Jose Mourinho dropped his biggest hint yet that he is planning a return to football management. © GETTY Jose Mourinho dropped his biggest hint yet that he is planning a return to football management. Jose Mourinho dropped his biggest hint yet that he is planning a return to football management. 

The former Man Utd boss was visiting a stadium under construction for the next World Cup when he made a comment regarding his future.

Mourinho said: "It looks great, but by the time 2022 comes round I’ll be a club coach again and won’t like my players going off mid-season."

a man in a white shirt © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited The 55-year-old was visiting Qatar, who will be hosting the tournament in the middle of winter to escape the searing summer temperatures.

The scheduling means the Premier League will be suspended for more than four weeks during November and December.


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The same will apply for leagues across Europe where Mourinho could end up managing if he does not make a return to the Premier League.

Mourinho added: "I expect that in 2022 I’m going to be a club coach, and then I will probably be not so happy that in the middle of season my players travelling to the World Cup, but I have to admit the event has everything to be amazing."

The three-time Premier League winner singled out the compact nature of the tournament as a bonus for both teams and fans.

With all eight stadiums within 31 miles of Qatar’s capital, Doha, it will be like hosting the tournament within the M25.

a man wearing a baseball hat © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited "Even in pre-season for us in Europe, which is a small period, we don’t like to travel – we like to have a base.

"But because of commercial reasons, we are always travelling.

"We always try to reduce the travelling time, and find the right facility.

"I think this is going to be the first time that everyone chooses their location, their hotel, their training ground – and that will be your home until you are knocked out, or you go home with the cup.

"That is unreal, even at club level. It is fantastic."

© Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Last year it emerged that more than 40,000 fans would be housed on cruise ships and in tents in the desert to ensure there are enough beds available.

Comparing Qatar with what happened in Russia last year he added: "For supporters it can also be something magnificent.

"For example in Russia you are located in Moscow, then to see the other games you have to go to Rostov, or Saint Petersburg – and you have to travel a lot.

"Here you can also, as a supporter, be based in a certain place and see all the matches your team is playing.

"So I see a lot of positives that to be honest I was not aware of before I came."

© Credits: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy via Getty Images Mourinho admitted he had been sceptical when Qatar was originally awarded the tournament back in 2010.

"I believe that many of us in Europe; players, coaches, clubs – we had some question marks – but when you arrive here you don’t have question marks anymore.

"The weather won’t be so hard…so I think it’s going to be a fantastic event. I just hope the football itself can give this amazing organisation what you deserve."

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