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Jose Mourinho Has Already Had Talks About A New Job Months Into Roma Tenure

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Jose Mourinho Has Already Had Talks About A New Job Months Into Roma Tenure

Jose Mourinho has only been in charge of AS Roma for seven months, but according to one claim he's already held talks to take a very different job.

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Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur towards the end of last season, less than a week before he had a chance to win their first piece of silverware in 13 years in the Carabao Cup final.

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However it didn't take the former Chelsea manager to get over his disappointment, as it was announced he would take over at Roma for this season.

It's been a mixed bag so far for Mourinho, with a 6-1 loss against Bodo/Glimt in the Europa Conference League and an argument with the press alongside buying one of his players an €800 pair of shoes and another touchline celebration.

However he has already held talks about a new job, according to one report, with claims that he's been interviewed for the Nigeria national team job.

President of the Nigerian FA, Amaju Pinnick, made the claims in a local news outlet, saying that they'd spoken to the 58-year-old about becoming the manager ahead of the African Cup of Nations.

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Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho is likely to be in Nigeria's squad for the tournament. Image: PA Images
Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho is likely to be in Nigeria's squad for the tournament. Image: PA Images

"The emphasis on the new coach is discipline," Pinnick told the Daily Trust, "We will also look at how hungry he is to win trophies because if they are hungry it supersedes so many things and if he wants to win he will instil discipline.   

"Of course Mourinho - I am not going to tell you we didn't talk to Mourinho because we did and the (sports) minister also talked to Mourinho and there is nothing wrong with it."

The African Cup of Nations starts on January 9th in Cameroon, having been delayed from last January when Covid stopped the tournament taking place.

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Gernot Rohr was in charge of the Super Eagles as the qualified for AFCON, and made it through to the next round of the World Cup qualifiers for next winter, but was then sacked.

Things haven't got so bad for Mourinho he's likely to leave, not yet any way. Image: PA Images
Things haven't got so bad for Mourinho he's likely to leave, not yet any way. Image: PA Images

Whilst the time it takes for Mourinho to ruin things has got shorter and shorter, culminating in his time at Tottenham, it's unlikely he would leave Roma just yet.

The Giallorossi are in sixth place in Serie A after 19 games, having won 10 and lost seven, and are only six points off Atalanta in the final Champions League spot.

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Spurs' elimination from the Europa Conference League, due to Covid-19, means that fans have been denied the former Manchester United boss' reunion with the north London club and Antonio Conte.

If Pinnick can't find a boss before the tournament starts then interim coach Augustine Eguavoen will be in charge as Nigeria take on Egypt, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau in the group stages.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Africa Cup Of Nations, Jose Mourinho, AS Roma, Serie A

Ryan Sidle
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