Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher reveals that the club were thinking about designating Jose Mourinho as manager in 2004 prior to rather selecting Rafael Benitez.
Jamie Carragher has actually exposed that Jose Mourinho remained in contention to end up being the new Liverpool manager in 2004 prior to the club chose to designate Rafael Benitez rather.
Mourinho had actually developed himself as one of the most popular supervisory homes in football by leading unfancied Porto to Champions League magnificence in 2004, ultimately signing up with Chelsea, where he won their first league title in 50 years during his debut campaign at the helm.
Mourinho’s Chelsea developed a strong competition with Benitez’s Liverpool during that duration, and Carragher exposed that the Reds turned down the opportunity to designate the Portuguese boss themselves due to a few of his touchline shenanigans.
“ Gerard Houllier had actually lost his task, and (chief executive) Rick Parry had actually spoken with Rafa Benitez at some phase. He was simply keeping the senior players notified about where they depended on, and he did reference Jose Mourinho,” Carragher informed Sky SportsNews
” I understood much more about Rafa Benitez since of the Spanish football and what he ‘d done, and it looked that (designating him) was rather far down the roadway anyway.But I think the sensation was that Jose Mourinho could not be a Liverpool manager, perhaps since of the way he performed himself attimes
“I think even that run down the line, even though it was great, at Old Trafford, the feeling was at the club and maybe from certain players that it wasn’t really the Liverpool way of doing things. So I always thought we’d go for Rafa with him being a little bit more standoffish.”
Mourinho went on to win 2 Premier League titles, 2 League Cups and the FA Cup during his first spell at Stamford Bridge, while Benitez won the Champions League and FA Cup with Liverpool.