It only seems months ago that ‘The Special one’ Jose Mourinho left England to head to mainland Europe, but in truth it was now over a year ago. Now with a job at Inter Milan who primarily want to win the Champions League, Mourinho is already looking at post-Inter options. The former Chelsea boss was quoted saying that he looks to return to England after his job is done in Italy.
He has said “I have a contract with Inter but when it ends I will probably return to the Premier League, a league I really like.”
Jose Mourinho left Chelsea FC last year after a few bad results and ‘complications’ with owner Roman Abramovich. He was immediately linked with the England job after Steve McClarens failure to qualify for Euro 2008. The Portuguese manager has said that he was close to becoming manager of our national team, but the life of only a handful of games a year and lack of time with his players led him to decline the offer and look elsewhere.
After a sabbatical, Mourinho took up the post of Inter Milan manager. He has always expressed his love for England and Chelsea in particular. The main question however, is where will he go? After publicly expressing his interest, this article is no longer a hypothetical look at something that will never happen. Mourinho is on his way, but where?
Here are some options that he may like to consider:
– Alex Ferguson is not many years away from retirement. This leaves a huge job open that only a huge personality can fill. But will United go for a foreign manager when they have the likes of Hughes, Ince and Roy Keane with links to the club?
– Benitez is under constant pressure to pick up the league title. With respect to him, he has won the FA Cup and Champions League. Not speaking for Liverpool fans, but there is one trophy they want in the near future. Mourinho has publicly expressed his respect for the commitment and atmosphere of Liverpool fans, but do they speak the same way about him after the ‘Chelsea/Liverpool’ wars that have developed?
– Manchester City now has the cash to hire anyone they want. With the experience of Mourinho, the new owners will have to open there cheque book. Like Chelsea, Mourinho will walk in to a club that has lots of potential with this new cash injection, but have not won anything. Although Chelsea had previously won a lot of trophies in the late 90’s, they had never picked up the title. Man City is in that same position now.
– I apologise to the Arsenal fans, but I have no link with ‘The Special one’ and the gunners. Some are getting frustrated at Arsene Wengers rules of having young inexperienced players, but not winning anything! However, I still think most Arsenal fans are behind him.
– Looking across to the other side of North London. There is no need to update you fans about the situation at Spurs. With Ramos hanging on to the hinges of the exit door, another potential gap is open. I have talked about money, but Mourinho has proved that he doesn’t need a bottomless pit of cash to succeed. His success with Porto may persuade Tottenham fans that Mourinho may be the man for the job. Will the Portuguese boss take a step backward in to the UEFA cup battle though?
– And finally, Chelsea will have to be up there in the favourites. The fans in West London already love him and would welcome him back to the manager’s chair. He knows the club, the players, the fans and the opposition. There are complications with this as well though. Would he want to work with Abramovich again after previous troubles? Chelsea seem to have finally steadied there boat after Mourinho’s departure last year. Would they want to risk rocking it again?
Many say that Jose Mourinho’s heart left the Premiership after the FA cup win over Manchester United in 2007. He was a shell of his former self at the start of last season and it showed with a defeat at Villa Park, escaping with a draw at Anfield and a struggle to beat Birmingham at home. He has since said that he should have left after the cup final.
With a return now in mind, I would like any comments on where YOU think he will/Should or shouldn’t go? Plus, what do Premiership fans (apart from Chelsea) think of him and would you welcome him to your team?