Mourinho still the world’s best coach, says agent

Jose Mourinho is still the best coach in world football despite his sacking at Chelsea, says influential agent Jorge Mendes.

The 52-year-old was sacked by the Stamford Bridge club on Thursday, leaving them just one point above the relegation zone mere months after being crowned Premier League champions. 

However, Mendes, who represents Mourinho, has offered a stirring defence of his client.

“Jose Mourinho does not stop being who he is and he is still the best coach in the world despite leaving Chelsea,' Mendes told newspaper A Bola.

“When Mourinho left Chelsea the first time, he accepted a tremendous challenge and did what no-one in the football world believed he could do and that was to take on Inter and lead them to win the Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia, a truly remarkable achievement.

“Then he went to Real Madrid and inspired an historic achievement of the Spanish league, beating all possible records against a great Barcelona, and also the Copa del Rey.”

Mourinho is widely expected to be replaced by former boss Guus Hiddink for the rest of the season.