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Italy Serie AMourinho insists he has 'no regrets' over 'strange' Spurs sacking

Mourinho insists he has ‘no regrets’ over ‘strange’ Spurs sacking

Former Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has insisted he has ‘no regrets’ about his time at the club, despite being sacked 17 months into a four-year contract last season.

However, despite saying he holds no grudge towards the club, the two-time Champions League winner has still called it strange.

Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino at the helm in north London in November 2019.

With the billing that the ‘serial winner’ would be the man to deliver overdue silverware finally.

But despite guiding the club to the Carabao Cup final in 2021, a poor run of results in the Premier League ultimately cost the Portuguese his job – his third sacking in the space of six years after being relieved of his duties at Chelsea in 2015 and Manchester United in 2018.

Mourinho told Sky Sports:

“I don’t have regrets. I don’t have bad feelings.

“There are many friendly people in Tottenham, and I wish them the best. Even to Mr Levy. But for a guy with my career and my history, I think it was a strange thing to happen.

“I am in the maturity of my career and my life where I don’t have bad feelings. I try to accept things the way they are.”

Asked if it hurt to be sacked by Spurs, Mourinho replied: “Yes.”

Since leaving Spurs, Mourinho had returned to Serie A, where he previously enjoyed success with Inter and has guided Roma to the inaugural Europa Conference League final – the club’s first continental final since 1984 when they lost to Liverpool on penalties in the European Cup.

“In the end, [leaving Tottenham] opened the door for me to be in Rome, and I’m very happy to be in Rome,” he said. “Of course, I would love to be in a position of fighting to win titles or be in the Champions League, where I played 160 or 170 games there.

“But I am loved here. I love the people here. I feel a part of the empathy created between the fans and the club and myself and the players. So I’m very happy here.”

Roma and Mourinho will remain out of the Champions League in 2022/23, trailing the top four in Serie A by ten points with only two games left to play and facing stiff competition from Fiorentina and Atalanta to qualify for any form of European football via domestic channels.

Should they beat Feyenoord in the Conference League final later this month?

They will be guaranteed a place in next season’s Europa League group stage.

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