A Premier League return looks unlikely but Jose Mourinho could soon be back in the dugout

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 23 August 2019, 11:01

An emotional video of Jose Mourinho recently did the rounds on social media during which he choked up as he revealed just how much he misses being in the dugout.

The 26-second clip, see below, certainly pulls at the heartstrings - say what you will about Mourinho but the managerial arena is a poorer place without his star power presence.

It’s now been eight months since Mourinho was ejected from the Manchester United hot seat. If the Portuguese coach doesn’t bag another job soon then it will be the longest period in his career that he’s been out of management, eclipsing the eight-and-a-half months he spent unemployed between his first spell at Chelsea and Inter Milan.

Since leaving Old Trafford Mourinho has cropped up on various football shows, including an enthralling double act with old foe Arsene Wenger in the beIN Sports studio for the Champions League final, and an appearance on Super Sunday for Man Utd’s 4-0 hammering of Chelsea on the opening weekend.

On both occasions he sparkled. Gone was the grumpy, haunted figure which plagued our screens during the wretched end of his Red Devils tenure, and in his place was a revamped, stylish, articulate, and intelligent Mourinho.

But as enthralling as his punditry appearances have been, it’s simply not the same. Football needs the ‘Special One’ back doing what he does best.

Summer No Show

Mourinho previously set a June deadline for his return, in order to squeeze in a pre-season. However, June has come and gone and he remains in the Job Centre.

A lack of vacancies meant a summer return to the Premier League was always going to be unlikely, although he was linked with a third spell at Chelsea, and a move to Tottenham was quietly touted if Mauricio Pochettino had left.

A return to Italy looked possible on several occasions but in the end Juventus appointed Maurizio Sarri, Inter Milan snapped up Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca ventured over to Roma, and AC Milan lured over Marco Giampaolo from Sampdoria in what has been a summer of serious change in the top echelons of Serie A.

Mourinho must now sit and wait patiently for a European big gun to pull the managerial trigger...


His most likely destination is Paris. The Ligue 1 season is only two games old but already Thomas Tuchel finds himself under pressure at PSG following last weekend’s shock defeat to Rennes, the club’s fifth loss in their last six away league games.

Mourinho has yet to manage in France but after winning league titles in England, Spain, Italy, and Portugal he may be tempted to add the French Championship to his CV. He can currently be backed at 11/8 here.

What About Germany?

“The Bundesliga provides an exciting competition for me, especially by the teams in mid-table, which are constantly improving and thus create an overall nice competition,” Mourinho told SPORTBild back in April.

“Full stadiums, great organisation, good tactical approaches in many teams – I think the Bundesliga is really interesting.”

Bayern Munich are in a period of transition at the moment, although the German giants will still be expected to make it eight Bundesliga titles in a row. There was speculation brewing that boss Niko Kovac would not see out the summer, but that just proved to be Chinese Whispers, although a surprise opening day 2-2 draw at home to Hertha Berlin has raised a few eyebrows.

Expect Mourinho, the 2/1 favourite, to be waiting in the wings should Kovac be handed his P45 anytime soon.

Anywhere Else?

Real Madrid is an inevitable link. Zinedine Zidane didn’t exactly enjoy the best of returns during the final third of last season, and while they enjoyed a winning start to the new campaign, a Los Blancos boss is only ever a couple of games away from the sack. Mourinho is the 5/4 frontrunner.

We’d love to see Mourinho back in the Premier League but a return seems out of the question this season. Chelsea potentially, should the Frank Lampard experiment spectacularly fail. Meanwhile, it’s difficult to envision Mourinho taking charge of a struggling club should a manager be axed.

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