Jose Mourinho has revealed just how close he was to taking the England job back in 2008, before opting against the move.
The Portuguese manager was set to replace Steve McClaren who had overseen a disastrous European Championship qualifying campaign, in which the Three Lions failed to reach the actual tournament.
However, having spent two seasons in England with Chelsea, the Portuguese manager decided against taking the position, choosing instead to continue his career abroad.
"How close was I to taking the England job? This close," said the Special One, before adding that his wife, Matilde, persuaded him not to do it.
He proceeded to then explain the reasoning behind his decision, “No, it was the right decision - my wife was right. She told me not to take it. We are not speaking about the job today, we are talking about seven years ago, and I cannot wait two years for a big competition.”
"I cannot be spending two years playing against Kazakhstan and San Marino. It's not for me, and she was right.”
"What will I do during the week? I go to see the players training with their teams, I ask for permission to spend time with them and to have individual coaching with them. I have work to do with them, I can improve things, I want to participate in their evolution blah, blah, blah...
"In the end, she was saying 'No football, no matches is not for you' - and she was right. At that time I had no job and I had been at home for two or three months already after leaving Chelsea.”
The managerial post was eventually received by Italian Fabio Capello, who enjoyed a mixed success with the side. Meanwhile, after an impressive two-year spell with Chelsea, Mourinho continued to enhance his reputation, achieving further triumphs in Italy and then Spain.
He won his second Champions League trophy with Inter Milan in 2010, but left to join Real Madrid later that summer. He then finished second in La Liga in his first season - four points behind Barcelona - but won the title a year later, amassing 100 points in the process.
Seven years on, the Special One is yet to win a trophy since returning to the Premier League, but it would be foolish to dismiss his Chelsea side ahead of next season.