Jose Mourinho reveals offer to be England manager

Jose Mourinho
© PA Photos
Jose Mourinho admits that he turned down the chance to manager England in 2007 because he knows that he would have been "unhappy".

Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that he was close to becoming the new England boss in 2007 following Steve McClaren's tenure in charge.

The Portuguese coach, who is believed to be ready to put pen to paper on a new contract at the Bernabeu, was poached by the Football Association after McClaren failed to qualify for Euro 2008.

"I was on the verge of coaching the English national team in 2007," Mourinho told ABC newspaper. "I thought about it carefully and I said 'no' because I knew that within two months I would be unhappy.

"National team coaching is not a life for me right now, with a game once a month, waiting two years for a serious competition."

Real became La Liga champions under Mourinho this season.

Related Video
Champions League
Pre-Season Friendlies
6.30pm
Vitesse
vs
Chelsea
7.30pm
Hartlepool
vs
Middlesbrough
7.30pm
Peterborough
vs
Charlton
7.30pm
Walsall
vs
Leicester
7.30pm
Watford
vs
Coventry
7.30pm
York City
vs
Nott'm Forest
7.45pm
Brentford
vs
Espanyol
7.45pm
Bury
vs
Blackburn
7.45pm
Chesterfield
vs
Aston Villa
7.45pm
Port Vale
vs
Bolton
7.45pm
Sheff Weds
vs
Newcastle
7.45pm
Southend
vs
QPR
8pm
Nacional
vs
Sunderland
12am
Man City
vs
Liverpool
CountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 AustraliaAustralia343136101
2 England flagEngland33332793
3 CanadaCanada1651839
4 Scotland flagScotland13111337
9 Wales flagWales4101327
17 Northern Ireland flagNorthern Ireland0112
Tables