Here are five possible clubs he could join in the near future.
Chelsea is the obvious choice considering Mourinho has already been the manager here. Owner Roman Abramovich has made it no secret that if you’re the Chelsea boss and you have a bad season, you are out of the door. Remember Carlo Ancelotti was fired the season after he had won the double at the club. Mourinho still has a home and vast connections in London so this is the stand out choice if he is going to return to England any time soon.
Sir Alex Ferguson will go down as possibly the greatest manager of all time. No one can rival his record at Manchester United and no one will probably ever get close to the same number of games in charge of one club and the number of trophies at one club. Mourinho is the sort of high profile replacement that United will be looking at once Sir Alex decides to call it day. It is, after all, 13 years further on from his original plan to retire. Mourinho would relish the chance to follow one of, if not, the best managers the game has ever seen, however his recent comments that he would also like to take on Fergie again suggest his immediate future may lie elsewhere.
Roberto Mancini has done a superb job as manager of Manchester City and there are no indications that he is going to walk or be shown the door. However, clubs with big money investors and highly paid stars always put the manager under pressure. A bad season, a bad patch of results and Mancini could be off with City possessing the resources required to incentivise someone like Mourinho to join their project. Mourinho could be tempted by having limitless resources which is where he has fallen out with clubs before.
This is very similar to the United position in the respect that Arsene Wenger is going nowhere until he retires. Mourinho would be attracted to a club like Arsenal because of the philosophy at the club and the sound way the club is run financially. There will certainly be no move for Mourinho while Wenger is in charge but if the Frenchman does choose to retire in the next few years then don’t be surprised if Mourinho is spotted in or around the Emirates. He could be very tempted by the cash reserves that Arsenal have.
Mourinho becoming manager at Liverpool would depend a lot on how Brendan Rodgers guides the club over the next one or two seasons. The brief stint of Kenny Dalglish as manager of the side proved that no one is untouchable despite how popular they are at the football club. Mourinho has been linked with Liverpool before and there would be a lot of support for his appointment if Rodgers can’t drive the club to the success that it deserves.