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Jose Mourinho to Coach Soccer Aid Team vs. Robbie Williams, David Seaman, More

COBHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 02:  Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho talks to the press at the Chelsea Training Ground on May 2, 2014 in Cobham, England.  (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistMay 6, 2014

Jose Mourinho has signed on to manage the Rest of the World team during June 8's Soccer Aid match at Old Trafford.

The Chelsea boss will oversee a group of former players and celebrities at the charity fixture that will also see an England XI comprising of stars such as David Seaman and Jamie Carragher take to the pitch.

Sam Allardyce will take control of the home side's prospects, aided by singer Robbie Williams, promoting an interesting clash between two managers who haven't always seen eye-to-eye, per Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail:

Intriguingly, Mourinho will face-off against Sam Allardyce, who takes charge of the England XI.

Allardyce was derided by the Portuguese for a brand of football to resemble the 19th century when West Ham scrapped to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge in January.

All rivalry is likely to be put aside for the bi-annual event which sees money raised in aid of UNICEF UK through ticket sales and donations.

This will be Allardyce's second appearance in the lighthearted clash. In 2012, he led the England team to a 3-1 victory over their opponents, as goals from Teddy Sheringham and Kevin Phillips sandwiched a strike from actor Jonathan Wilkes. This overcame an early goal from Kasabian guitarist Sergio Pizzorno, highlighting the array of names on show at Old Trafford.

Previous matches have included footballing legends such as Diego Maradona, Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Romario and Clarence Seedorf, while notable celebrity appearances include Mike Myers, Woody Harrelson and Will Ferrell.

Mourinho is the third coach to take charge of the visiting team since the event began in 2006. Ruud Gullit enjoyed the honour of being first, while Kenny Dalglish has remained in the hot seat ever since. Allardyce was also the third England XI coach heading into 2012's encounter, following Terry Venables and Harry Redknapp to the position.

Soccer Aid's official Twitter account revealed Mourinho's participation alongside team news and a thank-you to Gordon Ramsay, who convinced the Portuguese boss to take part:

Someone of Mourinho's character is an excellent addition to the lineup. The Special One's every move, facial expression and quote is analysed during the Premier League season, where seriousness often prevails. Despite the likelihood of Chelsea finishing this campaign trophyless, it will be entertaining to see Mourinho perhaps poke fun at himself and the media throughout the Soccer Aid schedule.

Should Ramsay stick a tasty last-minute winner in the top corner, you can bet the Portuguese boss will initiate his famous sprinting celebration down the Old Trafford touchline once more.

 

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