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Jose Mourinho returns to football as TV pundit

The Portuguese coach will be part of BeIN Sports’ team for Chelsea’s Premier League trip to Arsenal.

Jose Mourinho (file pic).
Jose Mourinho (file pic).
Image: Andrew Matthews

JOSE MOURINHO HAS secured his first job since being sacked as Manchester United coach after joining BeIN Sports as a pundit, the broadcaster announced on Thursday.

‘The Special One’ will be an analyst for Chelsea’s Premier League trip to Arsenal on 19 January as well as Qatar and Saudi Arabia’s Asian Cup group-stage tie on 17 January on the Qatari channel’s broadcasts in the Middle East and North Africa.

He was sacked by United in December after the club’s worst start to a season since 1990 and won three trophies during his two-and-a-half year tenure at Old Trafford.

“Jose is one of the greatest football managers of all time, and we hope that his expert analysis and charismatic personality will be enjoyed by our millions of viewers,” a beIN spokesman said in a statement.

Mourinho had been linked with a return to former club Benfica after the Lisbon giants fired coach Rui Vitoria last week, but the 55-year-old told Correio da Manha earlier on Thursday that he would not take the job.

“I don’t have any intention of coming back to work in Portugal,” he told the newspaper. “I’m fine at the moment.”

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