Tuesday, 2nd October, 2012
Jose Mourinho would love Sir Alex Ferguson to still be managing Manchester United when he finally arrives back in English football.
The Portuguese coach left England in 2007 after parting company with Chelsea following a hugely successful spell at Stamford Bridge.
But where Mourinho might end up is a subject of fierce debate – and the 49-year-old himself will not name a preferred destination.
Manchester United have often been mooted as being his real target, but Mourinho has muddied the waters somewhat by insisting that he hopes Ferguson is still in the Old Trafford dugout when he finally does come back.
Asked by CNN in Mourinho Masterclass, which airs on Friday at 4:30pm, whether taking over from Ferguson would be the perfect scenario, the Real Madrid manager said it would not.
"No the perfect scenario is when I go there is to coach because I think football will lose a lot when he stops and there are not young managers and old managers", said Mourinho.
"For me, he’s the boss", he added.
"I call him the boss because he’s the boss of the coaches and I hope that when I go back to English football he still manages Manchester United."
Mourinho would surely only be looking for a select club job when he returns to the Premier League and, if Manchester United were out of the picture, his options would narrow still further.