UN­DER-FIRE CHELSEA BOSS OPENS HIS HEART

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The Chelsea boss says he feels all alone and that he lives “in an­other world”.

He’s got no mates in foot­ball and says that other man­agers are like “vultures” who want to steal his job.

The Blues man­ager has come in for the worst stick of his ca­reer af­ter the Cham­pi­ons’ stut­ter­ing start to the sea­son.

And he is aware of the “vultures” cir­cling.

Mour­inho said: “In foot­ball there is a cul­ture.

“I’m not sure of the right word in English – but I think it is ‘vul­ture’.

“The cul­ture of the vul­ture. When they feel some­thing can hap­pen, they start com­ing around.

“It’s some­thing I never did. When I was with­out a job for six, seven months in 2007, I al­ways be­have the way ethics tell me to be­have.

“I didn’t go to foot­ball, didn’t com­ment on foot­ball, didn’t fly over sta­di­ums where they were hav­ing dif­fi­cult re­sults.

“I was quiet. I was wait­ing. Now there is the cul­ture of the vul­ture.”

Mour­inho says he can sense a dif­fer­ence in his sec­ond spell in England with the level pres­sure be­ing poured on by pun­dits.

He added: “I know the cul­ture now, even in England. Be­fore it was not the cul­ture in this coun­try, but, es­pe­cially the pun­dits.

“They have a new job, which has be­come a very im­por­tant job, it’s changed the cul­ture a lot.

“Some of them are re­ally brave.

“To crit­i­cise some­one with my his­tory, you need to be brave, as there is a risk some­one like my­self will say: ‘Shut-up. You’ve won noth­ing in your life.’ But I won’t do that. I just work and hope that the good re­sults are com­ing.

“Ssta­bil­ity for the man­ager, in gen­eral, it’s gone. It’s gone for ev­ery­one, ex­cept a cou­ple of ‘spe­cial ones’.”

That last com­ment was yet an­other dig at ri­val Arsene Wenger, as he kept his feud bub­bling with the Arse­nal chief.

Given the way he car­ries on with other man­agers, it’s hardly a shock that he doesn’t have mates in the game.

Mour­inho ad­mit­ted: “I’m not a PR, I don’t care what peo­ple think about me.

“I’m just what I am. When I am in a great mo­ment it looks like noth­ing’s hap­pened. When I am in a bad mo­ment, I pay for this a lit­tle bit. I don’t have many friends in the foot­ball world.”

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