Premier League managers are getting very nervous at present, with continuous talk that the ‘Special One’ may be making a return to England at the end of the season. Real Madrid boss, Jose Mourinho, has always said that one day he would like to go back and manage a Premiership club again, and although contracted until 2016, there are signs that he may cut his stay in Spain short.
Having made an uncertain start to this season’s La Liga, being 11 points behind rivals Barcelona, and with numerous top clubs in England struggling with form and confidence, now may be the time for the Portuguese tactician to practically take his pick of desired clubs. It is almost certain that his next stop will be in the Barclay’s Premier League, as he is yet to win a Champions League title in this country, so here are some possible destinations for Mourinho.
With Sir Alex Ferguson surely coming towards the end of his tenure with the Red Devils, and with Mourinho being known to thrive on pressure and a challenge, where else better to go than to follow on from one of the greatest ever mangers and sustain the successes at Old Trafford?
Both Ferguson and Mourinho are known to greatly admire each other and get along very well, so when the day eventually comes when the Scot decides to pass the reins on, the former Chelsea manager will surely get his vote. However, it is unlikely Ferguson will retire just yet, so if Man Utd is his preferred destination, then he’ll have to stick around in Spain for a little while longer.
A legend at Stamford Bridge by guiding the Blues to two League Titles and an FA Cup in his three years at the club, the fans would welcome him back with open arms. With owner Roman Abramovich playing around with managers like a child would with toys, Mourinho could provide some much-needed stability to a club that has lost its edge in the league in recent years.
It is just whether Mourinho would want to go through the same hassle again that he experienced previously at the club, knowing that if he makes one small mistake, he’ll be yet again ushered on. And could the ego of the genius really handle two unfair sackings?
The City owners seem to be slightly more tolerant of their managers – not by much – but with the amount of money the club has to spend, Mourinho would relish the opportunity as he is never shy to splash the cash and he seems to work best with strong personalities. The fact that the Citizens have failed to progress past the group stages of the Champions League in the past two seasons and with Mourinho winning the title twice before, it could be the perfect challenge for 49-year-old to undertake.
It just seems that over the years Jose Mourinho and Manchester United are destined to become a team. Perhaps the fact that Mourinho looks up to Ferguson with such high esteem and that it would be such an honour and privilege to take over from someone who has recently become immortalised by the club with his own statue, that it seems inevitable he is the only man to do the job.
He has, however, taken a liking ever since his Chelsea days to have a lot of money at his disposal and work with the best players in the world – at Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea – and although United are near the top in terms of stature, their spending power and quality of players do not quite compare to the billions at The Etihad or Stamford Bridge.
It could be the greatest challenge for the perfectionist, and surely someone with so much self-confidence and ambition would never pass up such an opportunity. He knows he would have to fight off competition from a host of top managers – including long-term rival Pep Guardiola.
Mourinho should just hold on for one or two more seasons at the Bernabeu, win a Champions League title, perhaps strike some sort of secret pre-deal with Ferguson and the Glazers, before pouncing on the soon-to-be most desired job in world football!
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