The only news that has engulfed the world of football in the last 24 hours has been the sacking of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. United was supposed to be the dream move for the special one, one that would be filled with trophies, he did win 3 in the end but again just like at Chelsea his relationship with the players broke down and tactics went out the window.
Now Mourinho will be looking for a new job, and whilst major teams might initially hold back given that Mourinho doesn’t seem to be as special as once before we also have to remember that he has won 25 trophies in his career. With the major clubs that he has managed he has never dipped below a 54% win rate and so with this in mind he might just land another very big job, but where? Let’s look at the options.
Mourinho landed a few trophies here in his first spell including the league and started to reverse the impact that Barcelona had over Madrid. But his last season ended fruitless and he didn’t leave in the way he would have liked. Most fans of the club don’t want him back, but some of the long standing ones do. Sergio Ramos who voices the dressing room clearly doesn’t want to work with Mourinho again and that could be a sticking point. At the same time Florentino Perez the president of the club does admire him.
Right now Madrid are having a poor season by their standards and it is clear that Santiago Solari isn’t going to cut it long term at the club. Real Madrid could be an option.
This seems very unlikely given that Maurizio Sarri has started well with the club and all of the other problems the club had with Mourinho near the end don’t make it worth it to pursue this idea. Sure there is some genuine romanticism going on here but a 3rd spell, really? Sarri seems here for at least another 2-3 years so this doesn’t look good for Mourinho, plus maybe he has had enough of the Premier League now.
Just like Real Madrid, Bayern are having a strange season and Nico Kovac has not exactly kept the traditions of the powerhouse team. Kovac’s job is under threat and having Mourinho at the club could make sense. But Mourinho would demand a bigger budget than Bayern usually spend and that could be a sticking point. The other is, could these two entity’s really, truly get along?
For Mourinho surely this would be a match made in heaven given that he would have a big transfer budget, and PSG are basically guaranteed trophies in the French league. However current coach Thomas Tuchel is doing a fantastic job. Even if PSG exit the Champions League surely he will be given another season at least. Tuchel has made a positive impact on the Paris club and this move at least now seems very unlikely.
Why not a return to the team that gave Mourinho his real legendary status? Plus the fans absolutely love him, even if the press don’t. Mourinho could play his way and not get criticised. And it would be a healthy challenge to break the dominance of Juventus. If Mourinho could get his players on his side this could be a very interesting project to consider.
Another option of course would be to go to China, who would snap up Mourinho like gold dust and make him an offer that would dwarf his reported £15m pay off from United. But why go now when Mourinho is still at an age where he can coach the very best teams. Knowing how Mourinho works this would be bad timing, and doesn’t look like a viable option. The choice looks either to coach Bayern Munich or Inter Milan.