Sneijder builds Jose future
Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder is adamant Jose Mourinho will manage Man United in the future.
Last Updated: 01/08/10 10:20pm
Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder is adamant former boss Jose Mourinho will manage Manchester United in the future.
The 26-year-old Dutch star won Serie A, the UEFA Champions League and the Coppa Italia with the Nerazzurri under the stewardship of Mourinho last term, but the Portuguese tactician has now moved on to Real Madrid.
Sneijder is convinced he will take over at Old Trafford when Sir Alex Ferguson retires and also believes he could be offered the England job at some point.
"English football excites him more than any other football in Europe and I don't think it's a question of if he returns to the Premier League but when," he told the News of the World.
"I think it's written for him to take over Manchester United in a few years. One great manager will retire and another one will take over.
"But if he was offered the England job alongside the Manchester United one in a few years I am sure he would take it. He likes the daily interaction with players too much to take on an international job alone.
"Jose and I became good friends at Inter and, from conversations we had, I know he thinks he could really do something with the England players.
"When he takes the United job, the English FA must offer him the national post as well, and from conversations we have had I think he would take it, in fact I know he would."
Sneijder believes Mourinho would be able to handle both jobs at the same time, and that he would not see the England post as a part-time role.
"We are talking about the best coach in the world, and it has been done before successfully," he added.
"His other job would be in the Premier League, so he would be working with and watching the relevant England players every week, it would be perfect for him.
"With Jose, success always follows him but it's not always because he has the best players, it's because he makes you believe you are the best players.
"The confidence and belief he gives you is amazing, and when he is at a club it is his players and staff against the rest of the world.
"With the quality of players England have, a coach like Jose would surely make them favourites.
"If the English FA prepares for this, I am sure that Jose could be England coach by 2014 in Brazil."