There’s been plenty of speculation going on about Jose Mourinho’s next move if he leaves Chelsea at the end of this season.
With that in mind, let’s look at the list of teams Mourinho could potentially manage next season.
To be fair there are plenty of clubs Mourinho has been linked with – AC, Inter and Barca have been mentioned in passing, while the strongest rumours are those towards Real Madrid (a team Mourinho has recently criticised, in case anyone’s keeping track).
I’m working here with two assumptions:
One, that if Mourinho goes outside England, he’ll want Champions League football.
Two, if Mourinho stays in England, he might go with a team in Europe and build it into a CL team.
I realise that it is pure speculation, but let’s stick to something that at least sounds plausible, shall we?
Depends strongly on whether Milan qualify for Champions League football next year or not. Chelsea and Milan are not on the best of terms after Sheva’s move to London but with Ancelotti under pressure, the availability of Jose Mourinho could change things.
Difficult to see Mourinho moving to Arsenal, but a takeover could change things. If this was 2008, when Wenger’s contract ends, this might be more plausible. Right now, it looks bloody unlikely.
The Barca-Chelsea feud over the last three seasons will make it difficult, but if Rijkaard was to leave Mourinho is the perfect man for the job. Mourinho is good enough to adapt to the conditions AND he is smart enough to win over the dressing room quickly.
A very long-shot, but possible. The biggest drawback here would be the lack of limelight – the Bundesliga gets no where near the sort of coverage that the Premiership or La Liga (or even Serie A) does. Plus they have Hitzfeld tied up till 2008. Another one to bring out next year?
My gut feeling is that Mourinho will stay at Chelsea. I don’t think that the ‘rift’ is as big as it was initially made out to be but that the media coverage has put a lot of pressure on both parties and has made things worse. Mourinho is a tough act to follow, his replacement will have to win the Premiership in his first year to be even considered as acceptable.
Top of the Serie A but the league title will be hollow – no Juve and a weakened Milan do not make for good competition. This would be a perfect time to change managers and bring in someone who is capable of helping Inter crack Europe and dominate the Serie A as well.
No Champions League football so that’s a big issue, plus if Buffon leaves in the summer Mourinho will have little to play with.
Rafa’s there at Liverpool for another season, so this one is essentially a no-go.
Ditto for Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
Despite the lack of Champions League football Newcastle would represent an interesting challenge for Mourinho – take a club with lots of potential and take them into the Champions League.
I don’t think Newcastle are going anywhere near the Champions League under Roeder.
This is the most popular option, but if you remember Mourinho recently described the situation at Chelsea to Real Madrid, saying that the main reason for success at the top clubs across Europe was stability. He’s right, and that’s why Real Madrid would be a dangerous move for him right now – even if he thinks that it’s an honor to manage Real Madrid.
Even if Schuster tells Marca that Mourinho is coming to Real, I’d ask you to think twice – it’s not a good move for Mourinho and the media will hound him just as much (if not more) at Madrid.
Considering that Roma should qualify automatically for the Champions League, they are a good (but unfashionable) option. Mourinho’s presence will at least guarantee Champions League football and put Roma in serious contention for the Serie A title. Roma wouldn’t mind that, would they?
After the backlash Hugo received for his post on Tottenham, I’m not sure it’s wise to mention Mourinho and Tottenham. However, with Tottenham’s potential and Mourinho’s managerial talents, there is little doubt that Tottenham will become a top force if he were to take over.
Plus they’re in London, where Mourinho is already settled.
What do you think?
It is possible that Mourinho may stay in England – although a move to rivals such as Arsenal, Liverpool or Manchester United is out of the question because the managers for those teams aren’t going anywhere.
With that in mind, there are only a handful of options open for Mourinho – Newcastle and Tottenham in the Premiership and Milan, Roma and Inter in Serie A.
And if you asked me to pick, I’d say Tottenham, Real Madrid and Roma.
What’s your pick?