Jose’s back… just a week after the sack! Mourinho admits he’s ‘missing football already’ as he signs up to be a pundit and PHONE-IN HOST for talkSPORT at Euro 2020, having pocketed £20m from Tottenham in compensation package
- Jose Mourinho has found work as a pundit with radio broadcaster talkSPORT
- The Portuguese was sacked by Tottenham last week following a poor campaign
- Mourinho says he is ‘missing football already’ upon his announcement on Friday
- The 58-year-old will work for the broadcaster for this summer’s Euro 2020
Jose Mourinho has admitted he is ‘missing football already’ after finding work just days after his sacking from Tottenham with the Portuguese coach taking up a punditry role with radio station talkSPORT.
The 58-year-old was relieved of his duties by Spurs chief Daniel Levy last week, just days before the club’s appearance in the Carabao Cup final, having overseen an underwhelming campaign.
The north Londoners were dumped out of the Europa League by Dinamo Zagreb under Mourinho’s watch and are unlikely outsiders to clinch a place in the top four, missing out on Champions League football for a second successive season.
Despite pocketing £20m in compensation from Spurs, Mourinho has taken up a new role with talkSPORT after admitting that he ‘misses football already’, more than a week after his dismissal.
In a clip posted to the broadcaster’s Twitter page, Mourinho said: ‘I am totally absorbed by football. I just love to work. In this moment, I am not working for a week and I am missing it already.’
Jose Mourinho has found work just days after his sacking from Tottenham Hotspur this month
The Portuguese was dismissed by Spurs chief Daniel Levy last week after a poor campaign
Mourinho’s arrival was unveiled by Alan Brazil on the breakfast show on Friday morning, with the Portuguese taking up punditry duties for this summer’s Euros.
‘Hello to everyone at talkSPORT, this is Jose Mourinho. Delighted to say I will be joining the talkSPORT team for the Euros this summer. I will be joining the likes of Laura Woods, Ally McCoist and Alan Brazil to give my views on all of the action.
‘Good luck to England, good luck to Scotland and of course good luck to Portugal.’
The broadcaster teased Mourinho’s arrival on Thursday night, tweeting a video of a mysterious figure resembling the Portuguese arriving at talkSPORT headquarters with the caption: ‘We’ve got something “special” for you. Join us at 8am.’
And the Portuguese will work with the broadcaster for this summer’s European Championship
Mourinho was heard saying ‘I am not working for a week and I’m missing it already’
It was also announced on Friday morning that Mourinho has joined The Sun as an expert columnist for the European Championships as part of the deal.
Ryan Mason has taken over on an interim basis and was unable to win the club’s first piece of silverware since 2008 as Spurs fell to a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City at Wembley.
Ajax boss Erik ten Hag is a frontrunner for the Spurs hotseat, while super-agent Jorge Mendes is reportedly pushing Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo in the club’s direction. Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is understood to have snubbed Levy’s advances to take over.
Levy described Mourinho as ‘a true professional’ following his sacking, ending the Portuguese’s 17-month stay with the club after taking over from Mauricio Pochettino in November 2019.
Mourinho is understood to have pocketed £20m in compensation from the north Londoners
Mourinho appears to be left with few managerial gigs in England after his latest dismissal
‘Jose and his coaching staff have been with us through some of our most challenging times as a Club,’ the Spurs chairman said.
‘Jose is a true professional who showed enormous resilience during the pandemic. On a personal level I have enjoyed working with him and regret that things have not worked out as we both had envisaged.
‘He will always be welcome here and we should like to thank him and his coaching staff for their contribution.’
Mourinho had worked for Sky Sports after losing his job at Manchester United, before being nabbed by Levy. The Spurs chairman had described Mourinho as one of the two top managers in world football upon his arrival.