Jose Mourinho believes that he is a ‘stronger’ person for his 11 month footballing absence and insisted that he has learned from his previous mistakes.
The self-appointed Special One returned to the Premier League this week, being announced as Tottenham head coach less than 12 hours after Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking on Tuesday, Mourinho having been out of work ever since his departure from Manchester United last December.
Speaking at his first press conference as Spurs boss about his time out of the game, the former Chelsea manager revealed that he has tried to use his time wisely, but reckons he is now a ‘stronger’ and more ‘relaxed’ person.
“I always thought that these 11 months were not a waste of time. They were months to think, to think, to analyse and to prepare.
“You never lose your DNA, you never lose your identity, you are what you are for the good things and the bad things. But I have time to think about many things. I realise that during my career I have made mistakes but I won’t make the same mistakes.
“I am stronger. I am not fitter, I was always fit! But I am stronger from an emotional point of view.
“I am relaxed, I am motivated, I am ready and I think the players felt that in two days. I think they feel that I am ready to support them, this is not about me.
“I am in a period where it is not about myself, it is about the club, the fans, the players. Not about me. I am here to try and help everyone.”
The 56-year-old old kicks off his career at Spurs with a London derby against West Ham on Saturday lunchtime, the Portuguese aiming to turnaround the clubs fortunes, Mauricio Pochettiono having been sacked with the club languishing in 14th.