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Mourinho comes out fighting

Recently sacked Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes he still belongs in top flight football. The Portuguese coach was fired by the Red Devils in December following lacklustre start to the season and issues between him and several players.

Mourinho, who turns 56 next week, believes in his managerial skills and that he still has much to offer. “I want to coach,” he told BBC Sport.

“I belong to top-level football and (that) is where I am going to be. I am too young, I am in football for a long, long time but I will be 56 in a couple of weeks and am really too young.”

Widely publicised was the rift between Mourinho and United captain Paul Pogba, which he side-stepped blame for.

“Everything good I did with players is not news anymore,” he continued.

“News is when you have problems. In modern football there is a problem between the coach and the player.

“We are not in a time any more where the coach, by himself, is powerful enough to cope and to have a relationship of education and sometimes confrontation with players who are not the best professionals.”

Meanwhile, Rui Faria, an assistant to Mourinho at a number of Europe’s biggest teams, has become head coach at Qatari league side Al Duhail, the club announced yesterday. It is the 43-year-old’s first job since leaving Manchester United, as Mourinho’s number two, last year.

Duhail said it made an agreement with Faria “to be the coach of the team in the upcoming period”.

“The club will present its new coach to the media in a major press conference that will be announced in the upcoming two days,” the club said on its website.

Faria has been assistant for Mourinho — who is alo in Qatar at the moment working as a pundit for beIN Sports — at a host of top clubs including Chelsea, Inter, Real Madrid and Manchester United spanning 17 years.

He surprisingly called time on their partnership last year at Old Trafford after working with Mourinho.

At the time he said he wanted to “spend much more quality time” with his family before taking a new job. Mourinho’s troubled spell as Manchester United boss ended last month.

It is the second noticeable coach appointment made by a Qatari club in recent weeks, after former Iceland boss Heimir Hallgrimsson was unveiled as Al-Arabi’s boss in December.

Duhail currently stand second in the Qatar Stars League, behind Al Sadd, who could be coached by Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez from next season.

They are the current Qatari league champions and Faria will replace Nabil Maaloul, who was the coach of the Tunisian national side at the World Cup last year in Russia.

source: the herald

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