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02.06.2007 Football News

Mourinho Eyes Stars' Job Also

Mourinho Eyes Stars' Job Also

Chelsea Manager, Jose Mourinho, may be eyeing Frenchman Claude Le Roy's job as Black Stars coach when his stay at the English side expires in 2010.

Without elaborating, Mourinho said he expected to stay at Chelsea till the end of his contract and then take up a job with Ghana.

Asked how long he expected to stay at Chelsea, he replied: “Until the end of my contract in 2010. Then I will coach Ghana.”

Mourinho has been a fan of Ghanaian influential midfielder, Michael Essien, and the 24-year-old has won his admiration with some important goals that appeared to save his campaign on different occasions in the Champions League and the Premiership race.

But the Chelsea boss maintains that Essien is not only a great player, but a great man.

Speaking to some newsmen at the Kotoko international Airport in Accra upon his arrival last Tuesday, Mourinho said he was never surprised at Essien's performance at Chelsea after his protracted transfer made him Africa's most expensive player at £26 million.

About himself, Mourinho admitted that the character who has waded easily into controversy in English football and performs recognisable theatrics on the touchlines contradicts the calm disposition he exhibits outside the field.

“The game needs that,” he said to a question about whether he was controversial. Asked whether he stage manage that character, he said: “the game needs that”.

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