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Jose Mourinho to remain in hotel next season

Tuesday 20th June 2017
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho continues to cast a modicum of doubt over his commitment to the club as the board announced he will continue to reside in the Lowry Hotel instead of purchasing or renting a property near the city.

The Portuguese manager has suggested that his family are unwilling to move to the North of England but is there more to it than that?

London has been home to the Mourinho family for some time given Jose's two stints as Chelsea manager but spells in Italy and Spain calls into question why his family would be unwilling to move a few hundred miles away from the English capital. They were happy enough to relocate to different countries but are hesitant to support their leading man in his current pursuit as Manchester United manager.

It's more likely that Mourinho doesn't want to invest in prime real estate near Manchester due to the uncertainty over his job security. While he has been hailed as the natural successor to Sir Alex Ferguson by some fans, others firmly believe he will try and bring Chelsea's costly buying culture to Old Trafford instead of looking to the academy as has been the United way for years.

The question is: would United really sack Mourinho before the end of his second season in charge? It's very likely that the former Real boss will have a similar clause in his contract to David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal which could be causing major concerns.

As the media reliably informed us some four years ago, David Moyes' United contract contained a clause that permitted the club to dismiss him, if he failed to secure a Champion's League place - Van Gaal was also believed to be bound by this clause though it wasn't the reason he was ushered out of the club, according to reports. Compensation was paid to both Moyes and Van Gaal upon their departures but they'd no doubt have preferred to see out their contracts.

A lot is at stake for United if they fail to qualify for the Champion's League again in the future. Their manager could be at risk of losing his job, their main sponsors are in a position to withhold payments and their status as the world's most valuable club will no doubt slip away.

Jose Mourinho will be all too aware of these additional pressures in an already stressful job and this must play a part in his decision to reside in a hotel instead of convincing his family to relocate. Perhaps his children's education is playing a part but both of his progeny are young adults and should really be independent of the family's London home.

The whole situation is very suspicious and Jose Mourinho has been known to bend the truth in the past, especially where the fans are concerned. If we think back to the weeks before Mourinho was appointed Manchester United manager, he was quoted several times as saying the job wasn't his and he hadn't met with the club - we all knew this wasn't true.

A gifted manager, a talented wordsmith but an awful liar - the truth needs to be told, Mr Mourinho.
Kristian Webb
A Manchester United fan who actually knows where Manchester is; I'm the chief writer for AccumulatorTips, ForzaSwansea and a contributor to WhatCulture's video game section. I'm a professional proofreader, content author and SEO Expert but that doesn't mean there won't be the odd grammatical error!

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