Caixinha: This is what Mourinho told me about Rangers
By Harry Sykes
Pedro Caixinha has revealed that his illustrious countryman Jose Mourinho has convinced him that he is on the right track at Rangers.
The Ibrox manager explained that Mourinho’s advice has “totally” helped him since he was surprisingly handed the reins at the Scottish giants in March.
Caixinha has implemented huge changes at Rangers and oversaw at massive overhaul of the playing squad during the summer, with 23 players signed and sold.
Caixinha, who spent a few days during the international break presenting at a University of Lisbon course where Mourinho is also a guest lecturer, is on good terms with the Manchester United manager and the two have been in contact as recently this week.
Caixinha has sounded Mourinho out during the difficult start to his time at Ibrox and been reassured that his methods will be successful at Rangers.
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“Talking to him totally confirmed my belief that I’m on the right track, especially because first of all he is the best,” said Caixinha to the Herald Scotland. “You need to look for the best.
“I have spoken often with Jose since taking this job,” he added. “This week, for example, I e-mailed him because we’d had a visit from the CEO of Chivas in Mexico and he also wanted to go to Manchester United. He had asked me to call Jose and ask him if he would speak to the guy for five minutes.
“If you ask me which manager you would call to discuss football and training then it’s him. If I have something to ask him, I do it directly. There was a time when I spoke with him regularly but not any more. In those days, I was an assistant and I was looking for knowledge and making sure I was heading in the right direction.
“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. We don’t normally speak like …’this situation has happened, what should I do?’
“It’s more about direction and conviction, how to be convinced about the methodology you use and the way you use it. That’s what we discuss – training and matches and the preparation for each and the relationship between them.”
Caixinha was speaking after he oversaw a convincing 4-1 triumph for his team against Dundee on Saturday.
An Alfredo Morelos double and goals from Josh Windass and Carlos Pena helped Rangers comfortably win at Ibrox to record a second successive Scottish Premiership win.
It lifted them to fourth in the table and just three points behind bitter rivals Celtic.