Jose Mourinho reckons he wasn’t given enough time at former side Manchester United and has spoken of his desire to remain with Tottenham for a ‘long time’.
Mourinho spent two-and-a-half years at Manchester United before being sacked following a disappointing start to his third season in charge, having guided the club to a League Cup and Europa League double during his debut campaign before a runners-up finish the following season.
It was a disappointing exit for the Portuguese who believes he wasn’t afforded enough time to make a success of his tenure at Old Trafford, insisting the job was his first long-term project after achieving instant success with a succession of former clubs.
“In a certain period of my career, with a profile of club I was getting in hands, we didn’t need as much time to reach success,” Mourinho said at his pre-match press conference.
“We did it at Porto, Inter, Real [Madrid], Chelsea, both times, we did it without that need of that longevity and also my desire to try different things and my crazy desire to go to many countries, and to try to win it, and try to get different experiences in many different countries, was perfect because was about winning, and goodbye, and let’s try another thing.
“The first club where I felt I need time and time was not given was at Manchester United, because I felt that I left in the middle of the process, but I learn very early to respect decisions, which I did at United.
“We did what we did, we did what was possible to do, and we move on. I am happy, they are happy, and we have a great relation, which is something I am very proud always to say, when I leave clubs, I keep very good relationship with everybody, and United is one more example of that.”
Mourinho recently celebrated his first anniversary as Spurs manager and has guided the club to the top of the Premier League ahead of tonight’s huge top-of-the-table clash with champions Liverpool at Anfield.
The 57-year-old admits he has been pleased with the progress of the north London side as he bids to bring long-awaited silverware to the club, and has outlined his intention to remain with Spurs for the long haul.
“Now, in Tottenham I know the profile of job I have in hands, and hopefully until now I am enjoying very, very much to be in the club, I believe that the club is happy to work with me, so I see myself staying for a long time, but if we can accelerate the process, like we are accelerating, and being doing good things like we are doing, of course we are not going to waste time.”