The Run of Play is a blog about
the wonder and terror of soccer.
We left the window open during a match in October 2007 and a strange wind blew into the room.
Now we walk the forgotten byways of football with a lonely tread, searching for the beautiful, the bewildering, the haunting, and the absurd.
For the 67th time since the Croatia match, it’s being reported that José Mourinho has taken himself out of the running to be the next England manager. This account seems to be more real than some of the others. And yet I’ve heard the story so many times that I can’t quite believe it now, even though the quotes seem unassailable, and even though it makes perfect sense that Mourinho would let the England speculation run for a few weeks, watch his image get shined to a nice golden tone, and then withdraw in favor of the club job he really wanted. So why do I still have this addled idea that we’re going to see a “Mourinho to FA: I’m all ears”-style story tomorrow? Do you have it, too, or have I just got sunspots in my eyes?
by Brian Phillips · December 10, 2007