Jose Mourinho says manager role should be downgraded to ‘head coach’

Jose Mourinho believes the football has changed to the point where managers should now be referred to as “head coach”, because their responsibilities have been significantly reduced in recent years.

This was an apparent dig at Ed Woodward, Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman, for not sanctioning all of his transfer targets.

Speaking after United’s 2-1 win over Leicester on Friday night in the Premier League’s opening game, Mourinho could barely hide his frustration at not getting the players he wanted.

“It will be a difficult season for everybody, not just for us,” the 55-year-old said.

“I had my plans for many months and I find myself with the market closed in a situation I did not think I would be in.

“It’s the last time I speak about it. It’s over, the market is closed. That’s football management. I think football is changing and managers should be called head coaches.”

He added: “We play against a team that invest more than us. They spent more money than us, so in the Premier League we must get used to teams with players of the same quality that we have. Forget the name, the history, the shirt, every match is difficult.”

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