Jose Mourinho was desperate to become the England manager after he left Chelsea the first time in 2007, a new book about the now Manchester United manager has claimed.
In the book, Jose Mourinho: Up Close and Personal, written by journalist Rob Beasley, it is claimed that Mourinho was eager to replace Steve McClaren as England boss in 2007 – but FA chiefs stalled and he joined Inter Milan instead.
The book, which is being serialised by the Daily Mail, Beasley says he passed on Mourinho’s details to FA chiefs, who never came through.
Beasley says in the book that Mourinho sent him a text message asking if England would be interested in hiring him, a message which reads: “Is the England job interested in me?”
Beasley then claims he went further to forward Mourinho’s details to the FA.
“I handed over Jose’s phone number and email and promised I would keep the story quiet for now but expected to be kept in the loop if things progressed.
“This being the FA, though, matters did not proceed with any speed. As the days dragged by, Jose was frustrated and impatient because he subsequently sent me a second message: ‘Still no news from FA.’”
The FA finally made contact with Mourinho and the two parties neared an agreement.
However, Inter came in at the last minute to hijack the deal.
Beasley added: “Inter Milan had come in with a fantastic offer and he was almost certainly going to take it. He said working day to day with players was the clincher but asked me to include in my story how close he was to taking the England job.”