Chelsea boss Mourinho decided to play the nice guy with Andre Villas-Boas, and offered his fellow countryman encouragement follow his sacking from Tottenham.
Andre Villas-Boas was a part of Mourinho’s backroom staff during the special one’s first reign at Chelsea and also during his spell at Serie A giants Inter Milan.
Despite AVB moving on to Mourinho’s previous clubs to manage both Porto and Chelsea, the two coaches didn't met again until this year’s Premier League fixture between Chelsea and Tottenham, and the relationship between the two had slowly deteriorated in the meantime.
The recently sacked Tottenham manager had claimed that Mourinho had tried to block his progress, whilst the current Chelsea boss stated that AVB talked too much and pointed out that he didn’t lose any sleep over their broken relationship.
Mourniho, however, decided to speak with AVB and offered a few words of encouragement for the future.
Football.co.uk quotes Mourniho saying: 'I didn't speak about it (the sacking). Just: 'Come on. The world didn't finish. Let's go. Tomorrow's another day and another job will come. So, happy Christmas'.
Mourinho continued: 'In football nothing surprises me. In football anything can happen.... They have a couple of bad results, I don't think it's a reason to change the trust and to change the manager'.
The current Chelsea manager has confidence that his former colleague will go on to find another job in football. The likelihood of that being in the Premier League, however, now looks to be pretty slim.
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