Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has named who he believes could succeed him as the Blues’ manager when he decides to call it a day, the Daily Express report.
When asked who he thought could step into the Special One’s shoes, Mourinho responded: “Is adapted to my way of leading, he’s adapted to my way of coaching, he’s the one with more similarities with me even in some traces of personality, is my assistant, Rui Faria.”
Faria has been part of Mourinho’s backroom staff ever since the 52-year-old appointed the Portuguese as his fitness coach at Uniao Leiria in 2000. He took a similar role at Porto, before becoming Mourinho’s assistant manager at Chelsea, and subsequently following him to Inter Milan, Real Madrid, and then back to the Blues again in 2013.
However, Faria may have a long wait on his hands before he takes the reins from his mentor. The Daily Mirror reported at the start of the month that Mourinho planned to remain in the dugout for the next two decades.
Nevertheless, if Faria – who would be 60 by then – continues to work closely with Mourinho, you would not be surprised if he enjoys a similar amount of success to the man who has shown him the ropes.
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