The Syrian FA have confirmed that Manchester United-linked manager Jose Mourinho is one of the options they are considering to take charge of their international team.
A letter sent from Secretary General of the Syrian Football Federation, Kouteiba al-Refai, to the Portuguese tactician’s agent, Jorge Mendes, emerged online today in what many assumed was an Internet hoax.
The Qaison Eagles are ranked 123rd in the world, but are hopeful of securing a place at the 2018 World Cup having advanced to the third round of the Asian qualification process for the major tournament.
Mourinho has been heavily aligned with Man United of late with a ‘pre-contract agreement’ thought to be in place between ‘The Special One’ and the Old Trafford giants ahead of a potential move to replace Louis van Gaal.
However, with no arrangement in place, Al-Refai confirmed to Metro that the ex-Chelsea boss is a name they are considering, alongside some less illustrious coaches:
“We are interested in Jose Mourinho,
“We actually just had a meeting two hours ago to discuss the CV’s of the managers who have applied for the Syrian national team position.
“Many of them are from Syria, some have worked for national teams in Africa.
“Antonio Mohamed is one of our top targets, he is the head coach of Mexican side Moneterry. He is Argentine but also of Syrian descent.
“Other targets include the former head of the Egyptian national team, Hassan Shehata.”
Such a move would be a shock, although Mourinho would not be the only coach known in England to have headed to the Middle East of late, with Harry Redknapp having agreed to coach Jordan on a short-term basis.