‘I am not looking for club, clubs are looking for me’, a statement made by one of the most industrious managers in the world of football at the moment.
Jose Mourinho, with all his experience in winning trophies was never going to stay out of a job for too long after being sacked by Chelsea last December. The Portuguese has not accepted an offer from any club so far and is said to be waiting for an advance from Manchester United with Louis van Gaal walking a tight rope at the club.
But the call from the Old Trafford has just not been coming for the 53 year old and recently it was understood that he is ready to listen to offers from other clubs in Europe. So in the wake of his chances to settle at a new club, here are 5 places Jose Mourinho might end up at the start of the next season:
1. Manchester United:
Obviously, even as no contact is made from the Old Trafford franchise, it is too big a club to turn down and not wait as Mourinho will still be hoping to get a lucrative offer to replace Van Gaal. But Manchester United are said to be wary of the personality of the 53-year old and are still looking at alternatives to replace their current manager.
However, it is believed all around the city that Mourinho will be the closest thing to Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. This might see the club make a move for the manager sooner than later. But Mourinho was already ignored when David Moyes was chose ahead of him and it will be interesting to see if they do go back to a man who was sacked by Chelsea and who they have ignored in the past.
Jose Mourinho’s name popped up at Gary Neville’s presentation as a manager at Valencia, however, there was a wholly unconvincing denial that the 56-year old will replace the ex-Manchester United great at the helm of the Spanish club. The Neville brothers who are plying their trade at Valencia will be given another opportunity if they are able to take the club back to the top of the table and qualify for a European spot.
However, with that looking unlikely, Mourinho might just be an option for the Spanish franchise who are desperately in need of a big name to get the team back to where it belongs. But taking over a club that is not really regarded as a European giant might not be the perfect thing for Mourinho and it will come as a knock to his ego which he may not be willing to absord.
3. Paris Saint-Germain:
The French outfit have not been bad under present coach Laurent Blanc but ever since the departure of Carlo Ancelotti, the club have not been able to do much in the European competitions and it might just be time for the owners to look at different options to help the club take the next step.
Blanc has done some good work in the last two season and this but with an overhaul planned in the summer, he might just be a part of the group that will leave the club. This gives PSG a chance to lure one of the best managers in world football to their club, a move that might see them reach new heights in Europe.
The Portuguese national has long ago expressed his desire to coach his national team in his life time but also exclaimed that it is a job for an older man. Since then, he has made the rounds around Europe at Madrid and then at London and it will be interesting to see if the 56-year old seems himself old enough to take over Portugal.
Mourinho has burnt many a bridges all across Europe and if he does feel that there are no real viable clubs at the moment, he may well replace Fernando Santos as the coach of the national team after the EURO16 in France later this year. However, a lot will depend on the performance of the team in that competition.
5. Inter Milan:
After denying a possible move back to Italy in a recent meeting with the San Siro officials, Jose Mourinho might well be on his way back to the land where he won a stunning treble back in 2010. He was in Milan not long ago watching Inter play Sampordia and when asked about a possible move back to the country, he assured that he will surely be back.
However, it is to be seen if he makes the move this summer but with Inter Milan struggling this season, it might not be a bad move for the Italian franchise to snap up the Portuguese tactician.