Mourinho ‘offered $3 mln to coach’ Syria’s national football team

Mourinho, 53, has managed several teams including Inter Milan and Real Madrid (File Photo: AFP)

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime reportedly contacted Portuguese football coach Jose Mourinho and offered a coaching position with the Syrian national football team for a salary estimated at millions of dollars.

Salah Ramadan, head of the Syrian football federation, reportedly said he contacted Mourinho on the matter.

Mourinho, 53, has managed several teams including Inter Milan and Real Madrid. He has been out of a job since being sacked as Chelsea’s manager in December 2015.

The multi-million dollar offer to Mourinho may came as a surprise, as the Syrian regime fights a devastating war now in its 6th year.

In an attempt to bury the scandal, Muwafaq Jomaa, the secretary general of the Syrian general sports federation, denied that he agreed to communicating with a highly-paid football coach and said that the country “is going through difficult circumstances which do not allow signing a contract with prominent football coaches.”

This comes after Ramadan, the head of the football federation, spoke on television on the matter and said that he officially spoke with Mourinho and that the latter may be offered more than $3 million for the job.

Ramadan also said that Mourinho accepted to discuss the offer and requested the Syrian football federation officially write to him on the matter.

بعد اجتماع ثلاثي ضمَّ رئيس الاتحاد السوري لكرة القدم؛ صلاح الدين رمضان، ونائب رئيس الاتحاد السوري رئيس لجنة المنتخبات ال...

Posted by ‎الإتحاد السوري لكرة القدم- الأمانة العامة‎ on Sunday, 3 April 2016

 

A copy of the letter which was supposedly sent to Mourinho has been circulated on social media platforms and has been picked up by several media outlets.

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