7 possible destinations for Jose Mourinho’s next job

 

Portuguese national team

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The job is for me when I want to finish my career; the job is for me when I realize that I need a little rest but at this moment I want to train, I want to play. I want to play many competitions at the same time; I want to play at least three days; I want Champions League; I want the championship; I want everything. It is not a job for me to be two years waiting for a World Cup or for a European Cup, I can’t do that now.” – Jose Mourinho, March 7, 2014. 

Then there’s the job Mourinho’s said he’d like to have one day, albeit a day far down the road – when he develops an affinity for fine wine in the same way Fabio Capello as sought Russian art. Maybe, once Mourinho reaches that point of his career he’ll take up Portugal. But now? NOW?

Again, it comes down to circumstances. PSG and Juventus don’t open up. Nuno recovers at Valencia. Mourinho doesn’t want to go to a Portuguese club, or, the most obvious factor, perhaps none of these clubs are real options anyway. Maybe all these hypotheticals I’m drawing up never amount to anything more than hypotheticals?

But then there’s Portugal: poorly qualifying Portugal; still likely to be in a major tournament in less than a year Portugal; potentially a short-term job Portugal. Get them through Euro 2016, add that line to your resume, and then, Jose, jump back into the club world.

It’s bizarre to even think about. Mourinho. On the sidelines at Euro 2016. With a national team. How do we even get there from here? At the same time, is it any less bizarre than Chelsea sitting 16th through eight rounds?

As long as we’re talking about bizarre, let’s address two other jobs that have come up in the past:

 

Manchester United

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This is the job that Mourinho is said to covet more than any other, but it’s not going to happen. The culture shock would be even more drastic than at a place like Juventus, which looks more like a fitted glove than the tourniquet Mourinho would become at Old Trafford. As much as much of paranoid draconian that Alex Ferguson was at his worst, at least his teams generally produced good soccer.

For Mourinho to get the United job, he’d have to wait until 2017-18, when Louis van Gaal will likely leave. Ryan Giggs will have to be passed over, and then out of the feeding frenzy that will be the agent horde that descends on United’s job, Mendes may have to crush the name plates of the other Guardiola-level candidates – the other great coaches in the world who presumably wouldn’t have just been fired from their last Premier League job.

 

United States’ men’s national team

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We are a U.S. site, so I feel obliged to bring this up, because every summer somebody sticks a microphone in front of Mourinho and gets a quote about how much he likes the States. With Jurgen Klinsmann’s job being questioned and so many fans seeing the U.S. as a great mind away from new levels, Mourinho’s name will come up.

Don’t take that seriously. Just as with the Portugal job (or, jobs in Portugal), he’d have to take a severe pay cut to fit with U.S. Soccer, and while the United States may be a dream project once he’s accomplished all he’d like in Europe, taking the job after being fired by Chelsea would seem like a cop out. Rather than reestablish himself in Europe – fight that hard fight to regain his reputation – he’d be taking a vanity job. For a man that still contends he’s one of the world’s best, it’s not a good look.

 

Odds are, long before the U.S. comes up on the list, another opportunity will emerge. The obvious fit is with PSG, but across Europe, once somebody like Mourinho becomes available, club presidents will start looking at their own managers differently. All it would take is the right combination of significance, resources and timing to give Mourinho a chance at redemption, should he need it.

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