The Special One has exhausted his options at the pinnacle. What next? and Where does Jose Mourinho go from here?
As the dust settles on this exhausting football frenzy day, governed by the news that the football elite have planned the breakaway European Super League, Jose Mourinho has grabbed prime time news after being sacked by Tottenham Hotspur.
#BREAKING: Jose Mourinho has been sacked.
— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) April 19, 2021
With the emergence of summer signings like Gareth Bale, fans were excited with the pieces of the Jigsaw finally falling in place. Top of the table in December Jose referred to his side as a little pony in the race for the title. However a string of poor results and having being knocked out of the Europa League by Dinamo Zagreb, Spurs sit seventh in the league and are on course to miss out on Champions League football next season.
1 – In what was his 327th home league match, Spurs boss José Mourinho has suffered back-to-back league defeats on home soil for the very first time in his managerial career. Questions. pic.twitter.com/LB6fAhV1uU
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 4, 2021
The bombshell to let go of the Portuguese man and his staff comes just a week before the League Cup final against Manchester City. This is the fifth time Mourinho has been prematurely let go having faced the axe at Chelsea twice during his two terms, Real Madrid, Manchester United and now Tottenham.
This is the first time Mourinho has departed a club trophy-less since leaving his native club FC Porto in 2004 after winning the treble. Jose Mourinho has always been the man of the moment. Carrying a swagger and demeanor that wowed the footballing world, The Special One, as he is referred to has looked a shadow of his vintage self. Having not been able to win the league at Manchester United and now at Tottenham, Jose looks subdued and beaten.
Exhausting his options among the Premier League elite where does Jose Mourinho go from here? Portugal, Italy MLS or China could be the frontrunner destinations for Mourinho’s next job in management.
Despite claiming in the past that he is too young for International management, Jose could be tempted with the opportunity to coach the national team. With the Euros this summer, much will depend on the performance of Head Coach Fernando Santos.
Jose Mourinho has gone unbeaten in his 1st game in charge at each of his 8 clubs, since losing his first-ever competitive match as manager (Benfica in Sept 2000) pic.twitter.com/21Pn8UXC0z
— Premier League (@premierleague) November 24, 2019
Having a pool of talent with the likes Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Bernado Silva, Diogo Jota, Reuben Neves, Reuben Diaz, Jao Cancelo etc Mourinho would fancy his chances at winning a trophy at the International level.
Mourinho was at the peak of his prowess when he won the treble with Inter Milan in 2009. It looks highly unlikely Jose would return to his former club with current manager Antonio Conte on course to win the title this season however, with Juventus struggling and Pirlo looking to face the axe, the Old Lady will be tempted to pursue the Portuguese tactician.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) November 7, 2018
MLS or China
The only reason I would see Mourinho pursue an opportunity in the MLS or the Chinese Super League is for a financially lucrative offer. However, having made close to $100m in compensation itself over the years of him being sacked at his previous clubs, it’s difficult to envisage Mourinho competing in the lesser leagues of world football.
"Once I had a great relationship with Mourinho… the next day I didn't know what happened" – Paul Pogba on Jose Mourinho [Sky Sports] pic.twitter.com/BdmSV5Qcir
— Stretford Paddock (@StretfordPaddck) April 16, 2021