Jose slams England door
10 Dec 2007 - 18:03:41
Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has ruled himself out of the running to become the next manager of the England national team.
The Portuguese had been the favourite to succeed Steve McClaren in the England hotseat, with Italian duo Marcello Lippi and Fabio Capello also rumoured to be leading contenders.
However, Mourinho has now opted to pull out of the reckoning, having recently been linked with the head coach's job at reigning European champions AC Milan.
A statement released through Mourinho's agent, Jorge Mendes, read: "After Steve McClaren left the England football team, my representatives maintained contact with the FA.
"In that sense, I had myself useful discussions with Brian Barwick and Trevor Brooking where we exchanged ideas to evaluate the entire situation about the England squad and set the goals in case of a real invitation being addressed to me.
"After deep and serious thinking, I decided to exclude myself from being England manager despite it being a fantastic position for me.
"I'm sure the FA will hire a great manager, one able to place the team back where it belongs.
"I reiterate my respect for English football and, after three good years in England, I firmly believe that the England squad will soon be back to their usual great results."