Jose Mourinho’s time at Tottenham Hotspur came to a premature end as club Chairman Daniel Levy decided to pull the plug on this relationship just a week before the League Cup final against Manchester City. The timing of the move can be questioned but this seemed inevitable as results and the quality of football just wasn’t up to the mark. It seemed like Mourinho had lost the dressing room and had rubbed the wrong end of far too many star players at Spurs. He seemed to have overestimated the quality of his defence and more often than not his team gave away points from winning positions.
Mourinho is one of the most successful managers in world football with a coveted trophy cabinet, but there are theories going around that he is yesterday’s man and doesn’t understand the mentality of the current footballer. His current state in European football is an intriguing one and let’s look at who could take a gamble on Jose Mourinho next?
The easiest way for Mourinho to get back into the game would be with an international football team. But would any nation that has qualified for the Euro 2020 take a punt on Mourinho with the tournament just around the corner? Probably not, so he’ll have to wait for the end of the tournament and look at the prospects in front of him.
Mourinho has addressed these rumours in the past of him becoming an international manager. It may be a job too soon for Mourinho as he would want to go back to a top European club job and get some silverware in his kitty before he transcends to international football.
What Mourinho did at Inter Milan was nothing short of a miracle and he absolutely adored in those parts of Italy. The treble with Inter was probably his biggest achievement in his career and his football is well suited for the Italian league.
The Inter job seems off the market for some time now as Antonio Conte is doing a stellar job at the club. That leaves AC Milan or AS Roma as the other top jobs available but both seem unlikely at this moment. Juventus is something we shouldn’t even talk about as we’ve already seen the animosity between the fans and Mourinho.
Serie A seems like the perfect league for the Special One but there are not many top jobs available at this moment. So, he’ll have to wait for his chance.
Mourinho’s career in football management began in Spain with FC Barcelona where he was Sir Bobby Robson’s translator and his loyal right hand at the club. He was much more than a translator from the beginning and you could see that this young man could have a bright future in football management.
He went back to Spain in 2010 when Real Madrid got Mourinho on board to counter Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona. He stayed there till 2013 when he lost the Copa del Rey final against their city rivals, Atletico Madrid. He had a massive 71.91 win percentage with the Los Blancos and won three major honours at the club.
Would Madrid want him back if Zinedine Zidane fails to deliver the Champions League trophy this season? We’ll have to wait till the end of the season.
Jose Mourinho has already managed three of the traditional ‘Big Six’ clubs. He adores the Premier League and it gets the best out of him due to the competitive nature of the league. The three clubs remaining in the ‘Big Six’ don’t seem to be a natural destination for Mourinho and the question that remains is that will the Portuguese look to manage a mid-table team in the league?
Probably not, so his time in English football seems all but over.
Before Mourinho got the Spurs job, he had a stint with Sky Sports England to understand the punditry side of football. There is no denying that Mourinho is an absolute blockbuster both on and off the field and could be a great addition to the studio till the time he doesn’t land a top job in football. He has real insights into the game and either Sky Sports or BT Sports could snap him up as soon as possible.
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