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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 May, 2004, 21:19 GMT 22:19 UK
Greatness beckons Mourinho
By John Sinnott

Porto coach Jose Mourinho has confirmed he will move to manage a Premiership club next season.

Heavily tipped to replace Claudio Ranieri, who was sacked by Chelsea on Monday, Mourinho will arrive in London as Europe's most wanted coach.

He guided Porto to their first European Cup final victory since 1987 with a 3-0 win over Monaco last week.

Mourinho's Porto lost just one game in the Champions League this season - at home to Real Madrid in the group stage.

Porto also got the better of Manchester United, Lyon and Deportivo la Coruna during the knockout stages.

But who is Jose Mourinho and where did he come from? BBC Sport talks to a Portuguese agent, a Uefa technical director and two players, past and present, who have worked with the Porto coach.

PORTUGUESE AGENT JORGE GAMA

"Mourinho has a very strong personality. He is also relatively young, which means he speaks the same language as the players.

"All the players respect him. I represent a player at Porto - Pedro Emanuel - and he says no other coach he has worked under is comparable to Mourinho.

MOURINHO'S CV
1992-97: Worked under Bobby Robson at Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona
1997-2000: Stayed on at Barcelona under Dutchman Louis van Gaal
2000-1: Lasted just nine games as Benfica coach before resigning after a contract row, then moving to Uniao Leiria, who he guided to the Uefa Cup
Jan 2002: Joined Porto and led them to third from their lowest ever position
2002-3: Won League, Cup and Uefa Cup treble with Porto
2003-4: Having already won the Portuguese league, Porto win European Cup final beating Monaco 3-0

"He did an incredible job when he was Uniao Leiria's coach when they qualified for the Uefa Cup considering what little money the club had.

"I think it's also interesting that when Bobby Robson left Barcelona, Louis van Gaal was keen to keep Mourinho. That tells you a lot about his qualities.

"Mourinho wasn't a top player. He played for Setubal, the town where he was born.

"His father was a coach at Setubal and then they moved to northern Portugal, where his dad was coach at Rio Ave.

"His father was also a good coach and even as a teenager Mourinho would work for him scouting players.

"He's the same person I met eight years ago. His success hasn't changed him. He has a few good friends and he's devoted to his family."

UEFA TECHNICAL DIRECTOR ANDY ROXBURGH

"Mourinho did his first two coaching courses with me in Scotland.

"He is a very good communicator and can speak to the players in their own language.

"He is also very well organised. His team allies structure with individual talent.

"He is a very competitive man, who pays attention to the small details. Porto are very much a reflection of Mourinho."

WOLVES MIDFIELDER SILAS - WITH MOURINHO AT LEIRIA

Wolves Portuguese midfielder Silas
Mourinho wanted to bring Silas to Porto, but he eventually moved to Wolves

"He's a fantastic coach, the best that I've worked under. He's young, but he has a lot of experience and he knows how to communicate with the players.

"He's got great tactical awareness. He likes his teams to play good football - pass, pass and pass.

"I think his time at Barcelona was critical in his development as a coach, the importance of the philosophy of passing, movement and possession.

"Of course he has also worked under some fantastic managers such as Sir Bobby Robson and Van Gaal.

"He has brought all that he has learnt from his past to this Porto team. Just think how many trophies Porto have already won under him.

"And this with a team that has good players, but not top players, not with big names. That is the key - the work they do as a team and for this Mourinho must take all the credit.

"I've tried sending him messages of congratulations on his mobile phone since the victory over Deportivo, but his voice mail is always full. He's a man in demand."

PORTO PLAYER BENNI MCCARTHY

Porto's Benni McCarthy
McCarthy is second top scorer in the Portuguese league this season

"Mourinho is already in the minds of many, many great clubs.

"He is a trainer with a lot of character and a brilliant man. As a coach he has proved himself at the highest level.

"He has taken Porto to the final on a small budget and with a small squad.

"Imagine him as a trainer with Arsenal, Liverpool, or Chelsea for that matter, where he would have much more of a budget and more big-named players. He would do wonders with those sorts of big teams.

"It's going to be a huge loss for Porto if he goes to a big team.

"He has improved me completely. For any young player he is a brilliant coach.

"He tries to know a player's personality so if you have an off day, he knows how to deal with you."







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