13/02/2015 10:01 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Jose Mourinho Replies To Six-Year-Old Aston Villa Fan's Plea For Help


A six-year-old Aston Villa fan was thrilled to receive a reply from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho after the boy asked him to manage his struggling football team.

Jude Branson pleaded with the self-proclaimed Special One to save his beloved side from relegation after Villa's slide into obscurity this season.

The boy took pen to paper before Villa manager Paul Lambert was sacked following Tuesday's 2-0 defeat by Hull City, but the Chelsea manager replied by sending him an autograph.

In his message, Jude wrote: "Dear Mr Mourinho, My name is Jude. I am 6 years old and I support Aston Villa. You are my favourite manager. Please could you manage Villa and bring Costa with you? We need help. Thank you Jude Branson."

His dad, Phil, told the Birmingham Mail: "Jude had a nice surprise when he came back home from school to find that Jose had sent him a signed picture addressed to himself.

"The only thing he wanted from his letter was Mourinho to take over at Villa.


"He didn't get that! So the next best thing for him is definitely this acknowledgement from the man himself.

"It'll be framed and put on his bedroom wall. It's good to know that his letter was read and maybe even planted the seed in his head which will lead him to the Villa job one day. This is an excellent way to end a brilliant few days for Jude."

Defeat against Hull has left Villa in the relegation zone without a Premier League win in 10 games dating back to December 7.

The search for Villa's next 'available' manager has began with Tim Sherwood the bookies' favourite while Jurgen Klinsmann, Steve McClaren and Glenn Hoddle are also being mentioned as potential candidates.