Our very own Special One, Jose Mourinho, has had some quotes for us in the build-up to Real’s clash with Manchester United that should be of interest to us Chelsea fans. He has said before that he will return to the Premier League later in his career, but the date of that return has now been brought forward. When asked by the press when he will be returning to England, his words were, “After Real. It will be my next step.”
Furthermore, when asked if it would be the Man United job he would take, he said, “I don’t think so. I think we [him and Ferguson] have to finish our careers at the same time.”
As everyone knows, all has not been well at Real Madrid this season. Languishing 16 points behind Barcelona in La Liga, and suffering power struggles with both the board and the senior players, it seems as though it is only a matter of time before Jose Mourinho leaves Real Madrid. There is a simple equation at work: if Mourinho fails to deliver the Champions League this season, he will be sacked. If he does get his hands on Big Ears, Mourinho will leave of his own accord, just as he did at Inter Milan and Porto.
Meaning that it is more or less 100% certain that Jose Mourinho will be managing in the Premier League next season. He won’t be taking a sabbatical like Pep Guardiola. Any high-profile club without a full-time manager this summer will be linked in the media with Mourinho, until Jose reveals where his future lies.
The Chelsea job will be free. Even a board of directors as clueless as Gourlay, Buck and Emenalo cannot possibly keep FSW beyond the end of the season. The Man City job might well be free; Mancini’s only realistic shot at silverware is the Chelsea Cup (the former FA Cup), and with the somewhat limp attempts to retain the Premier League and the meek exit from Europe, it would be a surprise if he is retained. The likes of Wenger, Villas-Boas and Rodgers all look fairly safe in their jobs.
So it looks like a safe bet that Jose Mourinho will next season be the manager of either Chelsea or Manchester City. Which one do you think Jose would choose?