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Jose: Only Mourinho is better than me in Portugal

Photo: Ahram website

Photo: Ahram website

Former Al Ahly manager Manuel Jose said that his compatriot Jose Mourinho is the only Portuguese coach who is better than him in the past 100 years.

During an Egyptian television show on CBC channel, Jose spoke about his coaching experience, while focusing on his three stints at Al Ahly.

“I was one of four managers nominated by the Portuguese Federation for the coach of the century award,” Jose said.

“During the celebration, Mourinho beat me and became the coach of the century, but nominating me for the award, among three other managers only, is more than enough to show my worth as a coach,” he added.

The 69-year-old coach appeared on the program wearing a fake beard and holding a crutch. He seemed to be making fun of Al Ahly board members who rejected his return. The board previously announced that one of the reasons Jose wouldn’t be considered for the job is his old age.

Many of Al Ahly fans called for the return of the legendary coach, who led the Red Devils during their golden era and won a handful of titles on the domestic and African level, before the Red Castle board announced the appointment of Jose Peserio.

“Al Ahly president will never forget me, do you know why? Because the name of Zamalek’s coach is Manuel Jesualdo Ferreira and the name of Al Ahly’s coach is Jose Peseiro. Then, both combined make it Manuel Jose,” the legendary coach said.

Jose, who led Al Ahly in three stints, said that the reason behind his constant return to the Red Castle is that it makes him feel happy.

The Portuguese manager joined Al Ahly in 2001 for one year before returning for a second spell in 2003. After leaving in 2009, Jose came back for a third stint in 2011.

“There is a Portuguese saying that says that a person always comes back to the place that makes him happy even after leaving for several times, and that’s the reason for my return to Al Ahly.

“I return to Al Ahly because it is the place that makes me feel happy, I succeeded in changing football in Egypt through my work with this gigantic club,” he explained.

Jose revealed that he follows Al Ahly on a regular basis and that he still watches all the Red Devils’ matches.

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