Ever since he left Chelsea by ‘Mutual Consent’ in September 2007, fans, pundits and other people associated with the game have asked the question whether ‘The Special One’ would ever return to the league he graced. After various reports however it seems that this season at the Bernabeu could be his last, with the Premier League being tipped as his most likely destination.
Then another question arises, ‘Which Club?’. With his former club Chelsea looking at Andre Villas Boas being a long term replacement for Mourinho. Both Manchester clubs seem the most likely outfit for the proven manager. However Sir Alex has stated that he will remain at the Old Trafford helm for as long as his health keeps him, also adding that a further 3 years at United would be realistic. With this in mind, neighbours City may consider Mourinho as a replacement for Roberto Mancini. This could all depend on whether City claim their first League title since 1968. With the strong squad and endless amounts of cash available then a managerial role at the Etihad may not be that unrealistic. It would be similar to when Mourinho took over at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2004. However various reports have suggested Mourinho’s contract at the Bernabeu states that every club except Manchester United would have to pay compensation towards Real Madrid if Mourinho was to quit Los Bloncos. If this was true then this must mean he is only after one job, and that job is the red half of Manchester.
This seems to make sense in my opinion. When the day finally comes and the Godfather of managers within world football finally hangs up his boots. Only a hand full of candidates could replace the great man, with Mourinho being being one of them. Mourinho’s record of success is unquestionable, with two Champions League medals, two Premier League medals, an FA Cup, two Carling Cups, A Serie A title and the Copa Del Ray, Mourinho is a proven manager at the highest of all levels. Not to mention that his current Madrid side sit 7 points clear of the team that many pundits and fans are calling ‘the best ever’ side.
When Ferguson does call it a day i think he will have a major role in determining who will succeed him. Sir Alex has stated he would like to see Jose back in the Premier League and has a good relationship with the Portuguese manager. But with ‘The Special One’ planning a sensational return to the best league in world football, this summer could well be one of the most intriguing summers in terms of managerial positions.