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What next for Jose Mourinho?

Thursday 19th May 2016
Jose Mourinho is expected to make a return to management in time for the start of the new season. Since his dismissal by Chelsea last December, Mourinho has been linked with a whole host of top clubs. There is no doubt that the Portuguese manager is still in high demand.

Mourinho's record speaks for itself. Club owners across Europe will have their sights set on appointing a manager of Mourinho's caliber. So which club will get the opportunity to announce the appointment of the ‘special one'.

Since his appointment as Porto manager in 2002, Jose Mourinho has delivered success to every club he has managed. Mourinho came to prominence when he unexpectedly guided Porto to the Champions League in 2004. Since then his career has gone from strength-to-strength. Mourinho has delivered eight domestic league titles, in four separate countries. He also guided Inter Milan to the Champions League in 2010, the second time Mourinho had won the most prestigious competition in European football.

Mourinho was also the man who briefly halted Barcelona's dominance of Spanish football, by leading Real Madrid to the La Liga title in 2012. In the last fifteen seasons, Mourinho has built himself a reputation as one of the best managers in the world. Although Mourinho's second reign as Chelsea manager recently came to a premature end, his reputation as a world-class manager is still firmly intact.
There are a number of possibilities as to where Jose Mourinho's next destination could be.

Manchester United

Current Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal's position at the club is under severe threat. They have failed to qualify for next season's Champions League, even victory in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace may not be enough for the Dutchman to save his job. If Van Gaal is to leave the club, Mourinho, is the odds-on favourite to replace him.

Mourinho has been linked with the Manchester United job since he left Chelsea. Many people see him as the ideal man to bring success back to Old Trafford. Mourinho's admiration for the Manchester club is no secret, he would relish the chance to manage the club next season.

Paris Saint-Germain

Laurent Blanc has done a commendable job with Paris Saint-Germain. Although if the French club are to make the step-up to the next level, a new manager could well be needed. PSG have been dominant in the French league under Blanc, the next objective is to win the Champions League. Which is something Jose Mourinho has previous experience of achieving.

Jose Mourinho being appointed PSG manager next season is a real possibility. He would be just what the team from France need right now. Mourinho could be tempted by the offer. He would possess everything he requires in Paris to make the club a real force in Europe.

Another Premier League club

We all know about Mourinho's love for English football, so there is a good chance we could see the return of the ‘special one' to the Premier League. The only problem being the fact that most of the bigger clubs already have managers in place for the start of next season. So where could Mourinho go?

With the departure of Roberto Martinez, Everton are currently looking for a new manager. If they could persuade Mourinho to lead the team, it would be a real coup for the club. But would Mourinho be interested in the position? If he doesn't get the Manchester United job, it could well be his only option of a return to the Premier League.

There would be many Arsenal supporters who would welcome the arrival of Mourinho. Although I highly doubt it will ever happen. Even if Wenger was to leave, I don't think Mourinho's style would attract the decision makers at Arsenal.

A return to a former club

Mourinho has had two spells in charge of Chelsea. So it isn't unfeasible to imagine him making a return to a club he has managed previously.

When Rafael Benitez lost his job as manager of Real Madrid, Mourinho was considered to be a possible replacement. The animosity which surrounded his departure from the club the last time he was there, makes this an unlikely scenario. Especially considering how well Zinedine Zidane has done since he took charge of the 'Galacticos'.

That leaves Porto and Inter Milan. A return to Porto is unlikely. Mourinho will be looking to manage in one of Europe's top leagues. A return to Inter is a more realistic destination. Since Mourinho's departure from Inter Milan, the club has failed to recapture the form that saw them crowned champions of Europe.

National team

If Mourinho decides the time is right to venture into international management, he will have no shortage of offers. The national sides available to Mourinho will depend on results in the upcoming European Championships. Portugal would be the obvious choice. Managing the country of his birth will appeal to Mourinho, he would be the perfect man to bring long-awaited success to the Portuguese national side.

Another possibility would be the England job. If Roy Hodgson's team fails to perform in the European Championships, England may consider a change at the top. Mourinho would have the support of the majority of England fans. Could Jose Mourinho be the man to end the years of suffering endured by England supporters?

Wherever Mourinho ends up next season, he will be expected to deliver. Judging by his previous record, it is safe to assume he will. The question is what team will he be managing when the new season gets underway?
Danny Glendenning

Passions include reading, sport, and nights out with friends. A football fanatic whose writing career began in May 2016. Now 30 years old, lives in South Yorkshire - local team is Doncaster Rovers, although heart lies with Arsenal. Contributing editor for It's Round And It's White. Current claim to fame is an interview with Ron Atkinson. Always looking for work, either editing or writing. Contact via email: Dannysg1988@outlook.com. Or Twitter: @DannySG1988.



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