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Jose Mourinho 'agrees' new manager contract as job in England confirmed for ex-Chelsea boss

Former Chelsea and Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho
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Jose Mourinho is set for a return to management after reportedly agreeing to become the new Fenerbahce head coach. It comes after he was announced as returning to the world of football this week ahead of the Champions League final.

The Special One will be part of the TNT Sports coverage of the Wembley final between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. After that, he will be turning his attention to yet another European venture.

Reports in Italy say that the 61-year-old has agreed a two-year deal with Turkish giants Fenerbahce. It will be his first foray back into coaching since being sacked by Roma in January.

Mourinho had been linked with a move to the Saudi Pro League as well as Chelsea in the past month. He is also thought to be interested in returning to the Premier League one day.

Manchester United have long been linked with reappointing the three-time English champion, whilst fans at Stamford Bridge remain endeared to him for his success across two spells.

Speaking earlier this year Mourinho described his ambitions for getting back into management. “My dream job description – because sometimes you have a job title and another thing is the job description – is ‘head coach’,” he said. “That’s my dream. To be the coach. To be the guy who works with the team, focus on developing players, preparing matches.

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“Fortunately, I had that in my career. Unfortunately, I had other situations when I had to be much more than that. When you are much more than that you are not as good a coach as you can be.

“The club puts you in a position where I don’t want to be. Do you think after the Europa League final that we lost, in the circumstances that we lost, I was happy with all the emotion that I felt? Do you think I was happy to be the face of the club that went to the press conference to speak about these events? No, I hated to go.

“If people fear something [about Mourinho], don’t fear. Give me a professional structure where I am only the head coach because this is what I am good at.

“People say I’m good at communication. Many, many times you say the wrong things. Especially when you communicate three or four times a week. A club’s structure pushes me in the wrong direction.”

He added: “What could really make a difference is how much the club wants me. How much the club needs a person and a coach of my profile. And how much feeling, empathy I could feel with the structure.”

Mourinho continued: “The only thing I want is that the targets and the objectives have to be established by everyone in a fair way. I cannot go to a club where, because of my history, the objective is to win the title. No. The only thing I want is that it has to be fair.

“Do you think if I was at a big Premier League club and we were sixth, seventh, eighth, in the table, I still have a job? What I am saying is people [should] look at me the way they look at others.

“What is important for me is if the club has objectives and for me to be able to say I am ready to fight for these. I don’t want to say realistic, but [at least] semi-realistic. Because when I went to Roma nobody was dreaming about European Cup finals and we did it.

“It’s not possible I go to a club almost relegated and the objective is to win the Champions League. It’s good but it is not fair.”

Mourinho also spoke about how he was going about preparing for his next job. "I’m ready to start and sometimes when you end in a club you feel the need of a rest, of a think, you know, process things," he told Fabrizio Romano. "In this case, one day after I left I was ready to go."

He continued: "I feel strong, I feel good. I love the work, I’m really ready but I don’t want to make the wrong choice. I cannot accept something just because of the feeling and because of the passion to be back so I have to be patient."