Mour­inho ‘ready for 15 years’ at Old Traf­ford

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Manch­ester United man­ager Jose Mour­inho has re­vealed he is tar­get­ing a 15-year stay at Old Traf­ford, telling ESPN in an in­ter­view on Tues­day he wants to re­store the sta­bil­ity of the Alex Fer­gu­son era. Mour­inho, who took over the Premier League giants last year, told the net­work’s web­site that he is des­per­ate to de­liver sus­tained suc­cess over a long-term pe­riod just as Fer­gu­son did over nearly three decades. United have not won the Premier League ti­tle since Fer­gu­son’s re­tire­ment in 2013, with the club strug­gling to re­dis­cover its dom­i­nance un­der David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.

Mour­inho has never spent longer than three years as man­ager of a club dur­ing his tro­phy-laden ca­reer. But the 54-year-old, speak­ing as his team pre­pare to face Manch­ester City in Hous­ton to­day in the lat­est leg of their US tour, in­sisted he saw United as a long-term project.

“I am ready for this,” Mour­inho told ESPN. “I am ready for the next 15, I would say. Here? Yes, why not? “I have to ad­mit that it is very dif­fi­cult be­cause of the pres­sure around our jobs, every­body putting pres­sure on man­agers and things that peo­ple say-that we have to win, but in re­al­ity only one can win and ev­ery year it is get­ting more dif­fi­cult.

“This club, for so many years, was Sir Alex. Peo­ple got used to it; peo­ple un­der­stood the great con­se­quences of that sta­bil­ity. “Af­ter David [Moyes] and Mr. [Louis] Van Gaal, I come to my sec­ond year and hope­fully I can stay and give that sta­bil­ity that the club wants. I will try, but again, I will have to try to de­serve that, but that’s what I try ev­ery day that I work.”

Mour­inho be­lieves Fer­gu­son’s 27-year reign at United will never be em­u­lated in the mod­ern game. “I think Sir Alex’s ca­reer is unique,” Mour­inho said. “I don’t think it is pos­si­ble to em­u­late. “No­body is go­ing to be in the same club for so many years, be in the same league for so many years. I think [Arse­nal man­ager Arsene] Wenger will be the last with a sim­i­lar story in terms of stay­ing at a club for so many years.

“But I what I try to do in mod­ern foot­ball nowa­days is to try to de­serve to stay in the club, be­cause in this mo­ment, it is about suc­cess. You have suc­cess, you stay in the club. You don’t have suc­cess, you don’t stay.” — AFP

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