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Syrian FA needs Man United target Mourinho badly

Date published: Monday, 4th April 2016

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The Syrian FA have confirmed their interest in appointing Jose Mourinho as manager while also revealing several other targets.

Secretary General of the Syria Football Federation Kouteiba al-Refai sent Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes a letter asking if he would consider the position.

The Qaison Eagles are currently ranked 123rd in the world and are hoping to reach the first World Cup in their history at Russia in 2018.

Manchester United were believed to be keen to hire the 53-year-old but now face competition from Syria.

Many people believed that the letter was a hoax but we spoke Al-Refai himself, who confirmed that Mourinho was on their shortlist.

And while it may be tough to lure him, Al-Refai has confirmed that they are enquiring about his availability.

‘We are interested in Jose Mourinho,’ Al-Refai told Metro.co.uk.

‘We actually just had a meeting two hours ago to discuss the CVs of the managers who have applied for the Syrian national team position.

‘Many of them are from Syria, some have worked for national teams in Africa.’

Al-Refai was happy to divulge some of their other top targets aside from Mourinho.

‘Antonio Mohamed is one of our top targets,’ he added.

‘He is the head coach of Mexican side Moneterry. He is Argentine but also of Syrrian descent.

‘Other targets include the former head of the Egyptian national team, Hassan Shehata.’

Al-Refai admitted that it was unlikely they would land Mourinho but remained positive about the future of the Syrian national team.

Syria's letter to Mourinho!

Dear Gestifute
We are getting in touch to make you aware of our interest in making an official offer to sign Jose Mourinho as the new manager of the Syrian national team, which has just qualified for the third phase of the Asian qualifying competition for the World Cup in Russia 2018.
The Syrian national team finished second in group E of the second phase, just behind Japan gaining 18 points with six wins from eight games, losing only the two against Japan. The draw for this phase will be made on April 12 according to the Fifa rankings that will be published on April 7 (in which Syria will be ranked 123rd in the world).
Until then, we would like you to know that we are open to negotiate with you the conditions required to sign Mourinho after both sides come to an agreement.
It is important for football in this country, at this time, to sign a world class coach to help us reach the World Cup for the first time in our history.
We send our best wishes and await your response to move forward with negotiations.
Secretary General of the Syria Football Federation,
Kouteiba al-Refai

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