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The Inevitable Return Of Jose Mourinho


It was the 10th day of March, 2004. The setting was the Theatre of Dreams, Old Trafford. Costinha had just equalized in stoppage time for FC Porto thus knocking out Manchester United of the Champions League and advancing to the final eight in Europe’s most coveted club competition.

Enter Porto boss Jose Mario dos Santos Felix Mourinho, or as we more commonly know him, Jose Mourinho. Most will remember, “The Special One” famously running the length of the pitch to celebrate with the Porto players, an ecstatic Mourinho ran and lept as a disgruntled Sir Alex Ferguson sat irate at Tim Howard for setting up Costinha for the eventual decisive goal. Porto went on to lift the European Cup that year, it was their first win of the Cup since their last triumph in the 1986-87 season.

Mourinho’s celebration was to be the beginning of a love/hate affair fans of the Premier League were to have with Mourinho over the next few years. After Porto won the Champions League, Mourinho left for a bigger challenge taking over for Claudio Ranieri at that newly “funded” Chelsea FC. Fast forward two consecutive Premier League trophies (Mourinho ended up winning six trophies at Chelsea from 2004-07) and you’ve got one of the most tactically sound, outspoken, but well respected managers in world football.

Yet again, the 2009 calendar year has heard Mourinho express his desire to return to England. This most recent statement makes what must be the third or fourth time this year Mourinho has openly spoken of his desire to make his return. So, what do we know? Mourinho and the Premier League fit together better than peanut butter and jelly – only in the media-hyped UK can Mourinho really feel at home with his mind games, sound bites and outspoken relationship with the media. But where will he go? Let’s take a look at some possibilities:

  • Manchester United – Mourinho has also openly stated his admiration for the current champions, but Sir Alex Ferguson seems poised to stay at United’s helm for at least a few more years
  • Chelsea – I really don’t see this happening. Carlo Ancelotti has a very strong Chelsea in position to win the league in his first year in charge. Mourinho left Chelsea on bad terms with the top brass.
  • Manchester City – the money is definitely there, but Roberto Mancini is already 2-0, and talking about winning the league with City. No chance, unless City under Mancini have a meltdown.
  • Liverpool – before Mourinho took the Chelsea job, he spoke admirably about Liverpool’s rich history and winning tradition. Liverpool is a definite possibility if Benitez can’t right the ship. Mourinho could be a strong persuading factor for star players like Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres to stay in Merseyside if Liverpool fail to qualify for the Champions League.
  • Arsenal – no chance, Wenger looks set to keep his beautiful-football-playing Gunners for quite some time.
  • Clubs like Aston Villa, Fulham, Tottenham and even Birmingham City are all having great seasons this year. At this point in time, they’ve no real reason to make a disruptive managerial change.

Jose Mourinho’s return to English football is inevitable, he’s said it numerous times and we all know he left Chelsea well before he really wanted to. But where does he fit in? Which club in England’s top flight will be the lucky recipient of The Special One?

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  1. The Special One

    May 31, 2010 at 5:23 am

    J.M. said he wants to win all three top leagues(English which he already done, Italian as well, and now Spanish) He then clearly stated he definitely wants to go back to England. Most likely to Man U if SAF decides to retire. Chelsea? I doubt that since he had problems with Abramovich after leaving/sacked. He might go to Man City but I’ll keep my thoughts of him going to Man U. He then says he’s going to coach a national team. I’m guessing Portugal is the possibility. So yes he IS definitely going back to England. Just hope he succeeds in Spain for it to happen!

  2. Say Whaaaat?

    February 7, 2010 at 10:37 am

    HAHA Simon Burke, what a fantastic comment. NOT!
    it seems you are the muppet as you can’t even spell a name which is written above for you!
    & shows like that show hope for young people wanting to become a footballer it gives chances that some do not have.
    so get over yourself,
    also he will definately return, anyone who does not like/love him is an idiot because he is incredible.

  3. Simon Burke

    December 30, 2009 at 4:49 am

    Even worse – he has a show on Sky Tv starting Sunday as Maurinho and muppets like Jamie Redknapp scour the country for the next big player.

    Looks like they trawl through 1700 kids on Hackney marshes as maurinho hunts the best of them all… Maurinho doing everything he can to make sure he isnt forgotten here.

  4. David

    December 30, 2009 at 2:54 am

    We love u mourinho and will happily welcome you back!!!

  5. Robert

    December 29, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Even if Rafa doesn’t right the ship at Liverpool, can Liverpool afford to buy out Rafa and sign Jose? They are shedding money like crazy and possibly missing out on the Champions League pot has got to hurt Liverpool’s bottom line.

  6. Curtis

    December 29, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    I heard random internet speculation (so take this with a whole box of Morton) of him coming on as #2 at Man Utd and taking over after SAF heads out. It seems to me that Man Utd will eventually promote from within to maintain the spirit of SAF in the club, so the top managers must realize that they may need to work a couple years under the tutelage of SAF to get the job at the biggest club in the world. Not saying that is what Mr. Special One will do, but it might at least be called an outside chance?

  7. Peter Scott

    December 29, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    The contract that Mancini signed has an opt out after 6 months. There is speculation that Jose said no for this year, but yes in the summer.

  8. ovalball

    December 29, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Shut up, Jesse.

    When I want you to know I will tell you.


    The Special One

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