Only a last-minute U-turn after the intervention of wife Matilde prevented the Portuguese from taking over.
Asked how closed he was to taking the job Mourinho picked up a pen, held it just above a piece of paper and mimicked signing on the dotted line.
"This close," said Mourinho, speaking in his role as a Yahoo World Cup ambassador.
He added: "No, I don't regret not taking it, it was the right decision - my wife was right.
"I cannot wait two years for a big competition. I can't spend two years playing against Kazakhstan and San Marino. In the end, my wife was saying, 'No football, no matches - it's not for you'. And she was right.
"At that time I had no job and I had been at home for two or three months already after leaving Chelsea.
"I could not get an English club because of my contract when I left Chelsea - I could manage the national team but not a club. I had reasons to accept, and the main reasons were my people pushing me to take it.
"I had lots of positive things to push me, and that's why I was so close.
"But it was not the job for me seven years ago, it's not the job for me now and I don't think it will be the job for me in seven years - maybe in 15 years from now."
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