Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Italy: Mourinho Doesn't Disappoint

Jose Mourinho no longer wants to be known as "The Special One," but he won't mind you calling him "The Intelligent One." At his introductory press conference today, the new Inter Milan boss displayed the hilarious lack of humility that has made him a media darling. The Independent has the story of Mourinho's first day in Milan.

A flabbergasted reporter from La Repubblica wanted to know how he could speak Italian so well. Never one for false modesty, Mourinho replied "because I'm very intelligent", bringing the first laugh of the morning.

Earlier in the press conference, when asked if he still deserved the self-proclaimed "Special One" tag, the former Chelsea boss responded. "I am Mourinho - period." This should be fun.

Back at his old stomping grounds, the search goes on for the next Chelsea boss. Carlo Ancelotti's denial of any interest in a job outside of AC Milan takes him out of the running. That narrows the apparent field to Portugal's Luiz Felipe Scolari, former Inter boss Roberto Mancini,  and Blackburn's Mark Hughes. Hughes may be headed to Manchester City to fill that opening before Chelsea make up their minds.

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