Former Chelsea coach reveals why he wants Mourinho back

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Former Chelsea assistant coach Jose Morais has opened up on his time with Chelsea and what it is like to work alongside Jose Mourinho.

The 55-year-old had two spells at the club, initially in 2013 and once again in 2015 as he was involved in two successful seasons for the club.

Morais first worked with Mourinho in 2009 as the Portuguese chose him to replace Andre Villas-Boas.

Morais has now explained how he joined Mourinho and what transpired in his two spells at the club.

“It was at Benfica that I met Mourinho,” the 55-year-old told CV. “I never imagined he’d remember me all those years later, with that invitation over the phone.

“My first year as his assistant was difficult. It was an exciting job, but exhausting. He pays attention to the smallest of details and expects the same from his staff.”

Morais then revealed how he went to coach in Saudi Arabia while as an assistant coach at Chelsea.

He went on: “We spent three seasons in Spain; we won major trophies and we learned a lot. In that last season, maybe that collective belief, for one reason or another, was not the same.

“Mourinho’s next stage – and therefore mine, too – was in England. He was going back to Chelsea, where he’d been very happy during his first spell. There was an immense challenge ahead, and he met expectations again by bringing more trophies back to the club. During that time in London, something unexpected happened in my career.

“I got an offer from Al-Shabab, a Saudi club. It was an excellent proposal, financially. When I told Mourinho, he said I should ask for twice as much as they were offering. ‘If the Saudis pay, you can go,’ he said.

“The original offer was already crazily high. But they accepted my response, and Mourinho convinced the directors at Chelsea to allow them to ‘borrow’ me. That is how I went to Saudi Arabia, did my job, and then returned to Chelsea.

“When we left Chelsea, Mourinho didn’t work for a while. During that interval, an opportunity came my way. I accepted the job to coach Antalyaspor in Turkey.

“From then on, my career and Mourinho’s have taken different paths. But reuniting with him is always on my radar. I will never stop considering that possibility.

“I feel grateful for what he has given me in my career. I feel happy and fulfilled as a head coach. But out of gratitude and the fondness that I feel for Mourinho, I will always be available to join him if he ever needs me again.”

Mourinho himself has spoken highly of Morais in the past.

“I have some friends in football but if I have to choose the top three, I would choose one of my former assistant Jose Morais,” said Mourinho one year ago.

Mourinho is currently in charge of Roma while Morais last coached Al Hilal last season and is now without a job.

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VICTOR N
Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.