Mourinho finally arrives at Inter, but will Lampard follow?

June 2, 2008

Jose Mourinho

The worst kept secret in football has finally been made public – Jose Mourinho is Inter Milan’s new coach.

Rumours the former Chelsea coach would take over at the San Siro have been rampant for months and they intensified when Roberto Mancini was sacked last week despite leading the side to a third straight Serie A title.

The newspapers were so confident Mourinho would be appointed that they had already started guessing who he might buy.

Chelsea’s Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard remain close to their former boss and reports say they are on his target list.

Mourinho also managed Deco in Porto’s 2004 Champions League-winning side so the Barcelona midfielder is being tipped to come to Italy.

But do Inter need improving after three scudettos in a row? Luis Figo was poised for retirement but the arrival of compatriot Mourinho may spell another season. 

Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been linked with a move away but would he forego the chance of working with one of the world’s most charasmatic coaches?

Some say Serie A was dull last season. With Mourinho around, next term will be anything but. 

PHOTO: Jose Mourinho officiates during a Portuguese veterans’ match, May 18 REUTERS/Nacho Doce


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Mourinho will stop Chelsea for the next three years
to win the CL.RedRom will have to go to Canossa to get him
back and finally win the CL after 10 years.

Posted by football | Report as abusive

I can’t see Mourinho ever going back to Chelsea whilst Abramovich is still there.

Posted by Rolls Eyes | Report as abusive

JT26 will rally the twoops and they’ll stay for one more tilt at the European Cup

Posted by BOB | Report as abusive

I seriously doubt Jose Murinio is going to be as big in Italy as he was in England.

Let’s look at this more closly. When he started coaching Chelsea, they were not winning anything. So when he brought them two back to back EPL titles it was a big deal.

But expectations in Italy and at Inter are high as Inter has had 3 championships back to back and people expect only better from that club.

Besides Serie A is a whole different type of league Jose is used to.

Soccer Nation

Posted by soccer nation | Report as abusive

Mourinho is a manager of men and a master of strategy, the former I think much more important than the latter. Anyone see the Chelsea documentary on FSC? Yeah, it was a flattering puff piece, but if you read between the lines and watch the interplay between Mourinho and his players, one thing is clear, the room may be full of superegos, but his is the biggest and that is his edge.

His players love him, he treats them as men, and manages them accordingly. A boatload of money helps bring in talented men, but plenty of talented teams (ie, the Beckham, Owen Real Madrid teams) couldn’t win. That’s a manager’s greatest value, and Mourinho’s got it. 06/starting-eleven-football-blog-roundup .html

Posted by Mike | Report as abusive

mourinho is a world class coach and i believe he is the best in the world

Posted by raymond buckle | Report as abusive

mourinho is the bomb

Posted by raymond buckle | Report as abusive

i believe mourince has brought socialization into futbol

Posted by raymond buckle | Report as abusive

Def. one of the top 5 Coaches in the world ! The best for me.

Posted by GB | Report as abusive

Mr.Murinio you have no class you never had any ways…
On top of all you smell like a fish…
Your complex is our laphter….Gia sou small portogali
B.Group champions legue 1.panathinaikos
capito seniorina muninio?

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