Mourinho Unlikely to Accept Offer to Coach Portugal

Portugal tried to convince José Mourinho, but they will probably come up empty-handed. The Special One is leaning toward refusing the proposal to continue giving Roma his undivided attention. Even though he’s honored for the call, he believes it’s too early for him to helm a national team, Sky Italy informs.

While he wouldn’t have left the Giallorossi right away, Os Navegadores would have been content if he pulled double duty. A Bola journalist Irene Palma dished on the matter to Calciomercato.

“He’d never consider it since he wants to manage one team at the time. As far as I know, Mourinho will turn Portugal down. His contract with Roma makes it impossible for him to leave the club and become the coach of the national team. Conversely, the federation can’t leave the job open until the summer. Therefore, their timing is incompatible. I believe this refusal will increase the pressure and the requests toward his side. They might bolster the squad to meet his demands.”

According to Alfredo Pedullà, the gaffer will complete his second season with the capital side and then mull his options afterward. Since he had initially penned a three-year contract, the parties would have to discuss an extension in the summer.

Our Take on Mourinho, Roma, and Portugal

If the Special One took the job while staying at the helm of the Giallorossi, it would have been the prelude of his summer exit. Considering his style, it’s hard to imagine him leading two squads at the same time, and it wouldn’t be fair for either. However, it remains to be seen how long he’ll stay in the Eternal City if they aren’t competitive at the highest level.

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