07-Mar-2018 15:16:51 | The Guardian
Manchester United’s manager finally finds himself in the right TV chair and after four days with RT at the start of Russia 2018, he will phone in his thoughts on the final
Having seen José Mourinho slumped at a desk at Selhurst Park on Monday evening, looking as if he had been stuck on a coach for 72 hours at Dieppe, imagine my surprise when I got home and logged on to the RT YouTube channel. Yes, there he was, the Manchester United manager, clean shaven, in a fashionable fleece, and – could it really be – actually smiling. “Drop the cliché,” he joked as the voiceover announced The Special One was joining the channel as a World Cup pundit. The voiceover did as it was told. It will be José from now on.
As World Cup punditry revelations go, the Mourinho announcement crashes straight in at No 2. It sits right between Robbie Williams having his skillset critiqued by Martin O’Neill and the look on John Bond’s face as Brian Clough explained to him the true nature of Trevor Francis’s role in the England 1982 midfield. This summer the (second) most famous manager in world football will opine for a broadcaster that has rights to show precisely none of this summer’s tournament. But why? At first glance it just doesn’t make sense.
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