Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho are two of the biggest names in football management.
Their reputations took a battering, however, when they failed to get things going at clubs like Everton and Manchester United.
In his latest press conference, which coincides with Erik ten Hag’s arrival at Old Trafford, Mourinho said: “I believe that the problem with Carlo Ancelotti was that when you coach Everton you are not about to win the Champions League.
“And with me [at Man United], you know, people they saw me taking up jobs where they thought that I could win trophies but they were not jobs where we were expected to lift trophies.
“But when you have such a winning career on a cyclical basis so to speak, you can expect that, people can say that.
“Personally I’m not worried about this [being replaced by younger coaches]. I do not think and focus on the generations, I focus on quality.”
The former United boss continued: “Sir Alex Ferguson coached Manchester United for more than 20 years I believe.
“I am 59 years old right now, so plus 20 years would be 79 – probably a bit too much! It would be difficult. Maybe until I’m 70.”
“But I understand your question. I like it here [at AS Roma] very much. You can see it, you can feel it.
“I accepted a project whose profile was different to my previous ones, it was a three-year project. We will see afterward. I will stay here for three years, I’m not even thinking about leaving earlier.
“But sometimes, with time, projects get closer to what you think and sometimes they get further away, but football is today.
“So now I’m here, next season I will be here, and then we’ll see what happens. This is the most honest way I have to reply to your question.”
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho won the Europa League, the Community Shield, and Carabao Cup with United but things went from bad to worse in his third season at the club.
In a wicked sense of redemption, Jose is now involved in a project to get Roma competing for trophies again – something he has done admirably since joining.
As for Ancelotti, he has won La Liga with Real Madrid this season and is also part of the Champions League final against Liverpool.