Jose Mourinho has narrated how he turned down the ‘craziest’ offer for a coach in the history of football, to remain with Serie A side AS Roma.
The Portuguese star manager has been under pressure following his team’s poor start to the season.
Roma have lost three games in their six league encounters this season, and are scheduled to host Frosinone on Sunday in their matchday seven encounter.
Mourinho said he is not the problem, expressing his disappointment over statements suggesting so in the media.
“I don’t read the papers, listen to the radio or watch the TV but I have friends, I have players, I have assistants, I have people who, even if I don’t want to know, inform me of things. I won’t accept it. Because it’s not true. I’m not the problem,” he said.
“In football, and in life too, there are multiple factors. It’s the same when you win: you can’t say one person is responsible for it. We all are.
“Lots of little things are at play in a football club, a business, a political structure, an educational structure, and I know because I’ve worked in one. It’s always multiple factors.”
Mourinho added: “Three months ago the idea of me leaving was seen almost as a tragedy.
“During the holidays, I received the biggest and craziest offer a coach has ever received in the history of football.
“And I turned it down. I did so because I’d given my word to my players, I’d given my word to the fans and I’d given my word to the club owner.
“Three months later, it seems like I’m the problem. I can’t accept that.”
Mourinho, who won two Serie A titles in a row with Inter Milan in 2009 and 2010, took over at Roma following his sacking by Tottenham in 2021.
He has since reached the final of the Europa League and the Europa Conference League finals as Roma boss. He won the Conference League title but lost to Sevilla for the Europa League battle.
Roma’s only league win this season came with a 7-0 victory against Empoli, while they also beat Sheriff Tiraspol in a Europa League group game.
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