Jose Mourinho has been Manchester United manager for over 18 months, but he still lives in a hotel in the city.
Get ready for chants about room service, valet parking and continental breakfasts at United’s next game…
Mourinho, 54, came out fighting on Thursday when asked about reports regarding his future at Old Trafford with some suggesting he will walk away from the club at the end of the season.
The Portuguese coach said he won’t leave United until the owners and directors ask him to and seemed comfortable with his contract situation (it runs until the summer of 2019) as further reports have since stated he’s in talks with the Red Devils hierarchy about a new deal.
Asked why he still lives in the Lowry Hotel in Salford, Mourinho eased fears that he’s unhappy with life off the pitch in Manchester.
“If the fans want me to be comfortable, then that’s the way I feel very comfortable, because I am very lazy and because I like to arrive in the hotel,” Mourinho said. “I don’t want anyone to be worried about me living in a two-square meter room. I am living in an apartment inside of a hotel where I have all the comfort and support, where I have everything that I want, like I’m living in a house.
“So if they are worried about me being comfortable and happy and supported, I really am. If they want me to be in some house that I don’t like, lonely and away from my assistants, then I could do this for them. But then I would be a sad guy and a sad guy doesn’t work well.”
Given his two spells as Chelsea’s manager, Mourinho’s main home in England is in Chelsea in west London. His family still live there and he travels to visit them whenever he can.
Is this a big deal? No, not really. The Lowry is a very nice hotel and Mourinho has everything he needs right there. The fact he was living away from his family and in a hotel has helped to fuel talk of him being unhappy in Manchester and that he’s ready to leave at the end of the season.
Whether or not that happens, it doesn’t seem like Mourinho’s hotel life will play a factor.