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Volume 6 No. 264

Franchises

Manager José Mourinho responded to "speculation that he is unhappy" at ManU, insisting he will be at the club next season and "hopes to extend his stay beyond three years," according to Paul Wilson of the London GUARDIAN. Launching "something of a charm offensive in comparison with his sour demeanour at recent press conferences," Mourinho described reports of a rift between him and the board as "garbage news," adding that the owners and the board were "happy with his work." Mourinho said, "I can't find a better word than garbage to define the [recent] talk. If you want to ask me directly, I see myself next season at Manchester United. I will leave when the club wants me to leave; at the moment I have no intention to leave at all." He went on to dispute the theory that his body language of late has suggested someone "disenchanted with his job," even "taking a swipe at one or two fellow managers in the process." Mourinho: "Just because I don't behave like a clown on the touchline it doesn't mean I have lost my passion. ... You don't have to behave like a crazy guy to be a good manager" (GUARDIAN, 1/4).