Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jermaine Jenas has revealed he would like to play under Mourinho following his sacking from Manchester United.
The Portuguese gaffer lost his job following a disappointing season so far from the Red Devils but Jenas admits he’s a huge fan of the former Chelsea boss.
“If I were a player I’d sign for Jose Mourinho tomorrow. I’d be chomping at the bit. I’ve watched him consistently turn good players into great players and average ones into really good ones. He is, without doubt, one of the great coaches,” Jenas said in Daily Mail.
“There was a time when Harry Redknapp wanted Sulley Muntari at Tottenham and there was some talk of a swap deal involving myself going to Internazionale. I would have loved to have played for him then.”
“Even nine years later, when it looks as though Mourinho still bears the scars of his time at Real Madrid and or his second spell at Chelsea, he is a man you would want to work for. Or someone you should want to work for, if you understand the importance of his body of coaching work.”
“That said, observing from outside, it looks as if the methods he once used so well are falling on deaf ears with this generation of young players.”
“This is the age of the Instagram footballer. We’ve seen this month how much power they have, sometimes even more power than media organisations. Certainly, in terms of their social media following, they might have more power than managers in swaying the opinions of young fans.”
“That just wasn’t a factor 15 or 10 years ago when Mourinho was building his reputation. It wasn’t even as significant five years ago and it would have been fascinating to see how Sir Alex Ferguson would have adapted. Certainly, Sir Alex benefited from a very clear hierarchy at the club.“