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Jose Mourinho still hungry for a return to football management

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Jose Mourinho remains determined to seal a return to football management, but only if the “right project” presents itself.

After two-and-a-half years in charge of Manchester United, Mourinho was given his marching orders last December following a terrible start to the season.

The Portuguese won 84 of his 144 matches at Old Trafford and scored a treble in his first season in 2016/17 through the Community Shield, EFL Cup and the Europa League. Although he described United’s second-place Premier League finish the following season as a better achievement.

But Mourinho’s time in Manchester was overshadowed by criticism over his negative tactics and for alienating several United players.

And, eight months later, the 56-year-old remains without a new managerial job after Real Madrid and Juventus overlooked him for Zinedine Zidane and Maurizio Sarri respectively.

More recently, Mourinho turned down a lucrative €100m offer to coach Chinese giants Guangzhou Evergrande. While an approach from Newcastle United was quickly rejected by the Special One.

When asked if he still remains hungry for a return to management, though, Mourinho told Sky Sports: “I am, but I will wait for the right club, for the right project.

“And, in the meantime, I am doing things I like to do. I prefer to work, but I like other sports and this is a good opportunity to enjoy [things other than football].”

Reports have also recently linked Mourinho with Portuguese champions Benfica and Lyon from France.

However, the former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss is keen to return to a competitive outfit that will enable him to challenge for a third Champions League title.

With the new football season fast approaching, though, it seems Mourinho will do some more punditry work instead given the lack of suitable vacancies available right now.

The Portuguese coach was speaking at Silverstone, which is playing host to the Formula One British Grand Prix this weekend.

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