JOSE Mourinho insists that his last two managerial roles with Manchester United and Tottenham should be seen as a success, as he prepares for his next venture with Roma.
The Portuguese boss has put pen to paper on a three-year deal at the Stadio Olimpico and was unveiled to the press yesterday afternoon.
The role comes just months after he was sacked by Tottenham – on the week of their Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.
It is an event that still rankles with the 58-year-old, and he insists that his time at Spurs was far more fruitful than the abrupt ending suggests.
He was also criticised during his time at United, where he won the Europa League and the Carabao Cup – as well as picking up a second-place finish behind Manchester City.
‘I won three trophies at Manchester United and that was seen as a disaster,’ he told a press conference on Thursday.
‘I reached a cup Final which I was not allowed to play at Tottenham, and that was seen as a disaster.
‘What’s a disaster for me is considered as a great success for others.
‘In my last three clubs I won the title at Chelsea, three cups at United, a Final at Tottenham, we arrived sixth, reaching the Europa League.
‘What’s considered a disaster for me it’s something that others have never achieved, it’s my fault.’
Mourinho’s career has always been coloured by his testing relationships with some stars, and has never been afraid to call them out publicly when he has felt it necessary.
However, he insists that he will always insist on defending his players when the need arises.
‘Many things can happen and I will give everything to defend my players, but I won’t be the one looking for troubles, I don’t have time for that,’ he added.
‘I have more experience now, so I am more solid emotionally, but I will always defend my club.’ — Daily Mail