Jose Mourinho always seemed like an unnatural fit at Tottenham and the inevitable news of his departure broke on Monday, just days before the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City as time was finally up. As a three-time Premier League champion and two-time Champions League winner, Mourinho will still be in demand, even if there is a strong suspicion his best days are now long behind him. The Portuguese will probably take a break after his Spurs sacking, but where could he go next? We have picked out some of the top options for Jose Mourinho as he mulls over his next job.
6 options to be the next job for Jose Mourinho
A super-club needs a new manager and a super-manager needs a new club. But the chances of Jose Mourinho landing his job next at Bayern, set to lose Hansi Flick at the end of the season, are surely remote.
Bayern like their managers to be compliant and Mourinho’s abrasive nature is likely to rule him out on those grounds, before even factoring in his lack of success in recent years.
Nevertheless, Mourinho might fancy having a crack at the Bundesliga, having already won league titles in England, Spain and Italy. Borussia Dortmund is not an option as they have confirmed Marco Rose will be moving from Borussia Monchengladbach for next season.
Perhaps what Jose Mourinho really needs is a reboot, and one option for next job is a return to his homeland with Porto.
Old club Porto reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League this season, losing a tight tie to Chelsea, and their coach Sergio Conceicao has been linked with a move away. It might be a blow to Mourinho’s ego to head back to a league that would not put him in the same global spotlight he is used to, but equally he may relish the chance to be an underdog once more.
If Mourinho wants to stay in the Premier League, could Newcastle United become an option? Takeover talk continues to rumble away on Tyneside with unpopular owner Mike Ashley now embroiled in a legal battle as he attempts to sell the club to a Saudi Arabia-backed consortium.
It is expected that Steve Bruce would not remain in charge under new owners and Newcastle could become a powerhouse if that takeover goes through. Newcastle are widely regarded as a sleeping giant and could compete for titles.
Mourinho famously has a terrible record against Newcastle in his career, so taking charge at St. James’ Park would at least prevent him from suffering more shock losses to the Magpies.
Jose Mourinho is on the record as saying he wants to experience international management, could that be a clue as to his next job?
Speaking last year, he said: “Yes, I want to coach a national team, I want to have the experience of a World Cup and European Championship, the emotion of the short competition. Is Portugal the one I want to do? On one side yes as it is my heart. But it is very difficult to do it with the country you were born in.”
Portugal might seem a natural choice but Mourinho appears reluctant. Anyway, current coach Fernando Santos has led them to success at the Euros and in the Nations League
Santos’ deal runs to 2024, so Mourinho might need to bide his time if he does decide he wants to coach Portugal. He will be an obvious Santos successor when the time comes.
Could England be tempted to go for Mourinho if the Three Lions underperform at this summer’s Euros under Gareth Southgate? He was strongly linked with replacing Steve McClaren in the role back in December 2007.
Along with Bayern, Juve are the other European giant likely to be needing a new manager this year. Andrea Pirlo’s first year in charge has been a major disappointment with the Bianconeri set to end the campaign without major silverware unless they beat Atalanta in the Coppa Italia final.
Mourinho has already thrived in Italian football and his reactive, pragmatic style might be a good fit for a league still considered – rightly or wrongly – to be more defensive than most in Europe. After leaving United, Mourinho said he did not see his future being back in Italy. But if he was offered the chance to take Juve back to the top, that job could be too tempting to turn down.
Jose Mourinho will have plenty of offers for his next job but, if they do not appeal to him, perhaps he could simply quit management. Incredible success like leading Inter to a treble earlier in his career means he has little to prove.
Jose Mourinho certainly has no financial need to work again in his life but it is hard to imagine Mourinho away from the spotlight entirely so you’d suspect he will take some sort of position, even if his next role isn’t in the dugout. He has worked as a TV pundit in the past and will surely be back there, even if it’s just in the short term.
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