Jose Mourinho couldn’t contain his disappoint when he heard that David Moyes had been appointed Manchester United manager and screamed ‘but he’s won nothing!’ when he found out.
The revealing quotes come from a book by Diego Torres, a Spanish journalist with insider access to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Entitled ‘Prepare to lose: The Mourinho Era’ by Diego Torres, the book is written with an inside perspective on Real Madrid and it details Mourinho’s reaction to the news that he had missed out on the job at Old Trafford.
In the first chapter, entitled Llorar which directly translates as ‘to cry’, Torres recollects Mourinho’s reaction to Moyes’ appointment.
“Mourinho, encouraged by his devoted agent [Jorge] Mendes believed that Ferguson, as well as an ally, was his friend and Godfather.
“He was convinced that they enjoyed a friendship of genuine trust. He thought that his fabulous collection of trophies – two European Cups, seven league titles and four cups in four different countries – made for a resumé no other candidate had.
“When he learnt he had chosen Moyes, Mou was incredulous. He screamed: ‘But he’s won nothing!’”
“Jorge Mendes, president and owner of Gestifute, was involved at Old Trafford more than any agent.
“No representative did such huge or such peculiar business with Ferguson.
“Nobody prepared more carefully, nor knew how to transmit to the media the idea that there was a predestined successor [to Ferguson].
“But if the propaganda affected the consciousness of one man, is was Mourinho himself.”
Mourinho claimed that he would have turned down the job at Old Trafford and never wanted to replace Sir Alex Ferguson. Really?
Is this the same Mourinho that gave a 30 minute interview with Paddy Crerand in the lead up to the Real Madrid game at Old Trafford?
The same Mourinho who claimed that the ‘best side lost’ after Madrid knocked United out of the UEFA Champions League in controversial circumstances?
United fans never wanted Mourinho’s sideshow circus act in power at Old Trafford and despite his claims to the contrary, it is obvious he wanted the job but had to go back to the club he left by ‘mutual consent’ back in 2007.
The Special One? The Crying One seems more appropriate.