It has been a turbulent four months for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea. The Special One fell out with club doctor Eva Caneiro, had a few post-match meltdowns and seemingly lost the Stamford Bridge dressing room during this period. Amongst all the in-house strife, he had a terrible record in the league, with Chelsea suffering nine defeats and recording just four wins from 16 games. Mourinho was sacked, for the second time as Chelsea manager, following their recent 2-1 defeat at high-flying Leicester City; the Portuguese manager came out post-match and said some players had “betrayed” him.
There has been rumour upon rumour regarding his next destination since the sacking was made official, and here are some of his options:
Managing Manchester United is Mourinho’s dream job, and with Louis van Gaal under increasing pressure, he will very likely be in the frame. As it stands, Old Trafford would seem to be his mostly likely destination according to most reports. Mourinho thought he was in line for the job when David Moyes was appointed, but, of course, he was lured back to West London. Now, he will look at this as his opportunity to lead United back to the top of English football and prove that Roman Abramovich was wrong to sack him.
A possible return to the Santiago Bernabeu is not entirely out of the question. Florentino Perez was his main backer during the ill-tempered third season, and it would be no surprise to see him go back, especially if Rafael Benitez doesn’t win any major honours this season. If it happens, it remains to be seen how the fans would take to it, though. He was roundly booed and whistled during his spell in the Spanish capital due to fallouts with several big-name players.
Gary Neville is in situ at the moment, but he also may be looking over his shoulder. Valencia are a massive club, whose fans demand nothing but the best. They will not dampen their own expectations for anyone. And with Mourinho on the market, there may be a clamour from Los Che’s passionate support for Peter Lim to use his Jorge Mendes connection to get the controversial coach to the Mestalla before long. It would certainly lift the floundering club up by its bootstraps.
The England job may be the most unlikely of options, but considering how well respected and liked Mourinho is, this could be the job for him, especially if the Three Lions produce a poor standard of performance in France. Mourinho will likely want to add the World Cup to his repertoire of trophies, and this move would be a good chance for him to do so, especially with Russia 2018 getting ever so close.
The whole world will be watching to see where Mourinho pitches up next. He will undoubtedly face a new challenge in his career: to see if he can have some longevity and create and dynasty somewhere without all the histrionics. The former Chelsea manager will back himself to do it, but he may have to change his coaching style to achieve such goals. This is ultimately the most interesting facet of finding out where his next job will be.
In the short-term, he will surely bring success to the club that secures his services. History tells you that this will always be the case.