Jose Mourinho has admitted that his life in Manchester is currently a “disaster,” because while he is living in the northwest of England, his family are still based in London.
Mourinho has endured a rather rocky start to his tenure as Manchester United manager, losing three out of his opening nine Premier League matches. Ahead of Manchester United’s EFL Cup fourth round clash with their cross-city rivals Manchester City, Mourinho opened up about how tough he is finding being apart from his family and living in a hotel by himself.
The 53-year-old manager, who replaced Louis Van Gaal in July at Manchester United, told Sky Sports, “For me it’s a bit of a disaster because I want sometimes to walk a little bit and I can’t. I just want to cross the bridge and go [to] a restaurant. I can’t, so it is really bad.”
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However, it has not all been bad for Mourinho, who was sacked by Chelsea last December. He confessed, “But I have my apps and I can ask for food to also be delivered, which I do sometimes.” Mourinho admitted that he hadn’t had an opportunity to leave the hotel on a regular basis because of the intrusion of the paparazzi.
Mourinho is currently staying at The Lowery Hotel in the center of Manchester, where it’s believed that he has the entire top-floor suite to himself. Unfortunately, his children, 20-year-old Matilde and 17-year-old Jose Jr, are at a stage in their life where an upheaval from London to Manchester isn’t possible.
That’s because Matilde is currently studying at university in London, while Jose Jr recently signed a two-year scholarship deal with Fulham, who are based in the west of the English capital. Jose Mourinho’s wife Tami, who he has been married to since 1989, has decided to stay down in London at the family home with their children, and this separation is obviously hard for Jose to take.
During the same interview Jose Mourinho admitted that, because of their circumstances, it’s very unlikely that his wife and two children would move north to Manchester even if he did eventually buy a home.
“Buy a house? I do not know… I don’t know,” Mourinho remarked, before adding, “But the reality is that my daughter will be 20 next week. My son will be 17 in a couple of months. They are very stable… university in London, football in London, friends.”
“So, they are at an age where they can’t chase me like they did before. So, for the first time, the family lives in a different way. We try to feel it, we try to see the evolution of our feelings and we see how we cope with the situation.”
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There’s another problem for Mourinho to contend with even if he does decide to move out to a new apartment by himself. He can’t cook. The Portuguese coach explained, “But maybe, if I can get a good apartment… not these giant houses that the press says I’m going to buy. I will never buy that! But if I find a nice apartment with a good connection from the garage to the apartment, maybe I do it – but I can’t cook!”
Much was expected of Jose Mourinho when he arrived in Manchester. However, his start has been rather disappointing, as they’ve now lost on three occasions in the Premier League. The most recent defeat came on Sunday to his old club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, where they were beaten 4-0. However, Jose Mourinho will have a chance to quickly rectify this situation when Manchester United play Manchester City in the fourth round of the EFL Cup on Wednesday afternoon.
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