Jose Mourinho attended his first press conference in his second stint as Chelsea manager today and dubbed himself the “happy one”, after previously calling himself a “special one” during the first press conference when he first joined the club in 2004.
However, maybe he should be known as the “lying one”, after changing his story on what happened when he left the club in 2007.
“That’s not true,” he said. “I read and I kept listening I was fired, I was sacked, we had a complete break of relationships. That was not true. Many people didn’t believe in that, but it was mutual agreement. At the time we thought it was best for both of us, me and the club. It was a sad moment. Of course it was a sad moment, but I don’t regret that decision. I went to Inter where I had probably the best moment of my career.”
However, at the end of the 2007-2008 season, with Mourinho still out of work, he claimed that Roman Abramovich fired him and that he regretted his decision not to walk out on the club at the end of the 2006-2007 season.
“I made a mistake not to leave Chelsea at the end of last season,” he said in May 2008. “I had an offer from one of the greatest clubs in Europe but I preferred to stay in London because I promised the fans that I won’t leave on my own initiative, and four months later I was fired. Now I understand that I probably shouldn’t have missed such an opportunity.”
Mourinho also claimed today that he was not hurt that neither Manchester United nor Manchester City approached him to offer him a job after the departures of Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini.