Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has landed a new job after signing a mega-money deal to return to work for controversial Russian broadcaster RT. The former Manchester United manager will get his own biweekly show – titled on the touchline with Mourinho – which will focus on covering the Champions League with the inaugural episode to be shown after the last-16 round ties on March 7.
Mourinho, who was dismissed by United back in December, worked with international news channel RT during the World Cup and earned £1.71million for just four days’ work as a TV pundit. RT confirmed their hiring of Mourinho, who was in Russia discussing terms for his new show last week, by posting a promotional video on social media on Monday morning.
‘I’m going to talk about football on RT, what else did you think I was going to do?’ Mourinho said at the end of the video after initially teasing he could be changing sports to ice hockey. Mourinho was in Moscow earlier this month and hit the headlines after falling over as he performed a ceremonial puck drop at an ice hockey game.
The 56-year-old attended the game during his time in Russia as he and his commercial agents negotiated a deal which will see Mourinho work with the Russian State broadcasters until the Champions League final in Madrid on June 1. Mourinho has built up an onscreen portfolio since being dismissed by United, working as an analyst for beIN SPORTS, helping drive their coverage of the Premier League and Asian Cup in Qatar last month, where he reportedly bagged £60,000 for his handful of appearances on the programme.
Reports had suggested Mourinho was ready to return to management after receiving his £15m in compensation from United and held talks with Inter Milan director Beppe Marotta over becoming their boss for the second time.
However, Mourinho has opted to return to the screens with RT to give his take on the Champions League – a competition he has won twice during his illustrious career. Mourinho’s move is expected to stun some with the Russian broadcasters, formerly known as Russia Today, widely criticised for spreading pro-Kremlin propaganda. Critics regard RT as an outlet for the Russian government and its foreign policy with British media regulator Ofcom considering what sanctions to take after ruling that seven programmes broadcast by RT between March 17 and April 26, 2018, in the wake of the Salisbury nerve agent attacks, had breached the UK’s impartiality rules.
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