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Mourinho ruled out of China job with Cannavaro poised

Shanghai (AFP) – Jose Mourinho will not be China’s new coach, its football association said on Friday, amid widespread reports that Italian World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro is instead poised to take the job.

Mourinho has been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United in December and the 56-year-old has been linked with a number of coaching jobs, the latest being his former club Real Madrid.

One role he will not be taking is with China’s national team, who have been without a coach since Marcello Lippi left at the end of January.

Moving to quash any rumours, the Chinese Football Association (CFA) said on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter: “News that the CFA invited the famous coach Mourinho to serve as head coach of the national side is not true. For media and fans, please don’t believe this.”

The CFA made no mention of the 45-year-old Cannavaro, who has been strongly linked in Chinese media with the post.

The Italian, who captained his country to World Cup glory in 2006, will stay in charge of Chinese Super League (CSL) giants Guangzhou Evergrande and take charge of both teams at the same time, reports said.

Chinese media said that Lippi, Cannavaro’s mentor and Italy’s coach when they lifted the World Cup, will have an advisory role in the new set-up.

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  1. Rui

    May 19, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Now ole is coming up with excuses saying that the players were not physically fit to play , while they were Winning everything was fine to is credit, three months later started to lose then Mourinho is to blame! I guess that we just have to wait and see what will happen in a near future, and see if Mourinho will still be blamed for any bad results!

  2. Rui

    May 10, 2019 at 1:54 am

    Pogba now says that he is still mad at Mourinho , all was going well after Mourinho ‘s departure, he was so happy , joking around with all the other players , and suddenly this excuse of being unhappy, this man is a trouble maker , earning that kind of money ,and not performing as he should , so he blames Mourinho ! I am really surprised that there are teams out there that show interest in such a bad apple !

  3. Rui

    April 21, 2019 at 11:59 am

    How is Man United performing ! I don’t have to say anything else , hopefully they will keep Ole , a lot longer than they did with Mourinho ! What ? Badmouthing the players , what a joke !

  4. Rui

    March 10, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    The English media have not done so well with Mourinho, for that same reason they are doing their best to make him look really bad , of all the clubs that he has coached , he has won throphies, can not say the same for all the managers in England at this time, apparently, some of the teams as I see it have got players that are spoiled brats , they want to choose the managers ,they want to do whatever they want, and yet the media goes along ,because you don’t like Mourinho anymore, but still selling your news! When are you going to stop all that bad talk about the man! I see you just want to make sure that he does not get another job!!! You people are the worst that I have ever seen.

    • Yespage

      March 12, 2019 at 10:50 am

      What? Mourinho was bad mouthing his own team in the summer, and continued to do so well into the season. We have seen he was wrong about tactics and player management as the squad has turned things completely around with new management.

      Yes, Mourinho has had success, but he has always come with an expiration date of no more than 36 months, and in multiple occasions, less than 24 months. He left Chelsea in even weaker territory than Manchester United. He is hardly inspiring as a manager.

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