A Macedonian journalist’s day was made by Jose Mourinho after the Tottenham boss agreed to take an image with him earlier than his facet’s Europa League qualifier with Shkendija on Thursday.
The freelance reporter, referred to as Igor Aleksandrovic, was upset after failing to ask a query on time on the pre-match press convention and lacking out on the prospect to talk to Mourinho, who his late father had idolised.
Phrase made its approach again to Tottenham’s press staff and Mourinho was introduced again into the room for a chat with Aleksandrovic, who requested two questions in regards to the recreation after which a really private favour.
He stated: “Hey boss, that is the distinctive alternative for me to ask you two questions and one favour. I’ve to ask you one thing on behalf of my father.
“First greetings to you from him, however he’s now in heaven. One of many events when he was very sick he instructed me if I ever have the chance to see you, to ask for an image with you as a result of he at all times raised me such as you if you find yourself the pinnacle coach of any staff, psychologically profitable or dropping – he has huge respect for you.
“If you happen to permit me an image of you I’ll body it and put it in his everlasting resting place. If the match goes good for you and your staff will you permit me to try this?”
Mourinho was humbled by the journalist’s story and promised an image could be potential.
The Portuguese stated, earlier than answering the 2 football-related questions: “Thanks a lot. The image has nothing to do with the end result.
“The image is finished, let’s do it. If you happen to can meet us earlier than the sport, or possibly within the resort is less complicated. If it’s after the sport, it’s after the sport. It’s nothing to do with outcomes.
“My pleasure to do the image with you. And my honour to your father and respect that he feels so robust about me. I don’t deserve that.”