Rangers boss Caixinha in talks with Mourinho
By Abigail Withey
Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha has revealed that he turns to Jose Mourinho when he needs football advice and holds regular talks with the Manchester United manager.
Mourinho is widely regarded as one of the best managers in British football after winning multiple league titles with Chelsea and winning the Champions League with Porto and Inter Milan.
Caixinha has now asserted that he spoke to his fellow Portuguese manager in the hope of looking for reassurance after a set of mixed results during the start of the season which saw his side knocked out of the Europa League and suffer an early blow in the league.
“Talking to him totally confirmed my belief that I’m on the right track, especially because first of all he is the best,” the 46-year-old told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“If you ask me which manager you would call to discuss football and training then it’s him.”
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“Now my time is overloaded but, whenever I do need to speak to Jose, I go directly to him. There is no-one better. And his advice has helped me since coming to Rangers, totally.”
Caixinha came under some scrutiny earlier on in the season, after his side suffered a 3-2 loss to newly promoted Hibernian and a draw against Hearts which threatened to dampen their chances of succeeding in the Premiership.
However, the less positive results appearance to be a mere bump in the road and the club returned to their winning ways in style after securing a 3-1 victory over Ross County and most recently a 4-1 win against Dundee at the weekend.
Football Insider verdict
With Mourinho’s impressive CV full of experience and trophies it’s no wonder that Caixinha turns to the boss in the search for reassurance and advice. It’s positive that the Portuguese managers are able to discuss football and training openly together, but this may be because the sides won’t be facing each other in any competitions this season, and perhaps if they had the potential to meet in the Europa League their friendship would be a little different. Mourinho’s confirmation that the club are on the right track will be able to give Caixinha and the players a confidence boost as they continue their promising campaign in the Premiership.