Jose Mourinho: ‘I Received 50 Messages From Man United People’

Jose Mourinho with Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward and Sir Bobby Charlton.

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Jose Mourinho is not exactly someone who has a track record of departing clubs in a positive way. The Portuguese’s tendencies to be blunt and direct in public has always made him an antagonist in the eyes of the media.

However, despite the way and circumstances he had departed his last couple of clubs, Mourinho insists things never turned sour between him and the clubs.

The veteran coach revealed recently during his first press conference as Tottenham Hotspur boss that he has always maintained the best relationship and respect possible with the people at his former clubs. The former Chelsea boss went deep into an out-of-character emotional narration, explaining how he’s treated by his former colleagues.

“I received 50 messages yesterday from Man United people,” Mourinho revealed.

“Some players, some staff, some staff over different areas of the club, the board, everybody. And that for me means the world.

“It’s not about winning or not winning. It’s about the respect people have for you because you were a professional and a good person and you create empathies.”

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The ex-Real Madrid manager seemed to be especially happy with how United higher-ups and Ed Woodward had reacted to the news of his joining the Londoners. Under the circumstances the 57-year-old had to walk away from Old Trafford, it is refreshing to see the professionalism from him.

“It was curious to see, from my last club, so many people showing me that respect, empathy and feeling. It was nice.

“All of them were special. The first one was from (United managing director) Richard Arnold. The third, fourth or fifth was Ed Woodward. And they were my bosses.” (via Sky Sports)

The picture Jose paints of himself is nothing sort of the public villain the media often portray him as. Behind all the press conference controversies, the new Tottenham boss is just as empathetic and professional as any other name in the game.