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That Time ITV Cut Off Mourinho Just As He Was About To Announce Where He’ll Be Next Year

Where the “Special One” will be next season has been widely discussed. ITV doesn’t seem to care though.

1. In case you missed it, here’s the interview from last night. After being asked whether he might win the Champions League trophy next season with Réal Madrid, Mourinho replied: “Maybe not.” As he was expanding, he was cut off. Uhh…what?!

Not surprisingly, ITV was trending on Twitter very quickly.


Why cut off Mourinho in the middle of him telling us where he’s going next season? ITV ADVERT PRIORITY MENTALNESS— Miranda Sawyer


Mourinho will be little bit low tonight. He did not see that coming. He did not expect ITV to end his interview at the vital moment.— Wenger Knows Best


“We will fight them on the beaches..” “Sorry, Mr Churchill, we have to go to some adverts” #itvprogramming— Robert Rea

JFK: "And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what..." Gabriel Clarke: "Sorry Johnny, ad break." #itv

— cool_hand_cook (@Cool Hand Cook)

JFK: “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what…” Gabriel Clarke: “Sorry Johnny, ad break.” #itv— Cool Hand Cook

Fortunately, Sky Sports did some chasing up:

“I know in England I am loved. I am loved by the fans, I am loved by the media, they treat me in a fair way, criticising me and giving me credit when I deserve it.

“I know I am loved by some clubs, especially one.

“In Spain the situation is a bit different because some people hate me.

“I didn’t make a decision because I have a contract, but more than the contract, the respect I have for the club and the president.”

Finally, the Daily Star apparently have an exclusive on the Chelsea players calling for Mourinho to return:

10. Update: 12:33 PM


ITV have released a statement on the interview:

“Our reporter Gabriel Clarke managed to land an unexpected interview with Jose Mourinho with only two minutes left before the end of last night’s Champions League programme on ITV.

At that stage it was too late to arrange an overrun of the broadcast beyond the allotted time. However, in a very tight, live situation, we showed as much as we possibly could of their exchange to viewers.”

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