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Jose Mourinho's short time at Tottenham Hotspur has come to an end just days before the League Cup final against Man City, but what is next for the self-proclaimed ‘Special One'?
Some pundits believe his time in England is done following spells at Chelsea, Man Utd and Tottenham, as Liverpool, Everton, Arsenal and Man City are highly unlikely to come calling and the man himself is unlikely to take on an even trickier challenge with the likes of Aston Villa, Wolves or even Newcastle.
Mourinho has stated that he is ready to jump straight back into management, so we don't expect him to be out of work for too much longer. Valencia have already made contact with Mourinho's agent and the Portuguese manager has been heavily linked with a shock move to Celtic, but what are the bookmakers suggesting?
Betfair have already priced up their five next most likely destinations for Mourinho,
Juventus @ 6/1
Portugal National Team @ 11/2
Any MLS Team @ 11/2
Porto @ 8/1
England National Team 10/1
Whatever you say or think about Jose Mourinho, he has been there and done it with a lot of clubs and he tends to bring success wherever he goes. Here's a look at his managerial achievements so far,
Primeira Liga winners: 2002/03 & 2003/04
Taca de Portugal winners: 2002/03
Champions League winners: 2003/04
UEFA Cup winners: 2002/03
Premier League winners: 2004/05, 2005/06 & 2014/15
FA Cup winners: 2006/07
League Cup winners: 2004/05, 2006/07 & 2014/15
Serie A winners: 2008/09 & 2009/10
Coppa Italia winners: 2009/10
Champions League winners: 2009/10
La Liga winners: 2011/12
Copa del Rey winners: 2010/11
Champions League winners: 2009/10
League Cup winners: 2016/17
Europa League winners: 2016/17
What new challenges could Mourinho take on?
Well, the obvious one would be international football and the Portugal national team job. Could Mourinho go one better and help his native country claim the World Cup for the first time in their history? It's unlikely but he would surely be the best and most qualified man for the job.
While Mourinho is yet to manage in France he is unlikely to take anything other than the PSG job one would assume, and that isn't likely to be available for a while yet. Jose is yet to try his hand in the Bundesliga and Bayern Munich could well be looking for a new manager soon if Hans-Dieter Flick does take charge of the German national team following the Euros. If Julian Nagelsmann were to leave his post at RB Leipzig, I could see Jose being tempted by that job as this is a new club that is hungry for success and already has a very good scouting system in place that has helped secure some of the most talented players in Europe to put on the white and red of RB Leipzig in recent seasons.
The MLS is unlikely to attract Jose Mourinho given the fact that he was so clearly opposed to the European Super League which was set to be run a lot like the MLS in terms of there being no relegations or promotions. It's difficult to imagine Jose going back to Portugal and managing anyone other than Porto, so it's not a surprise to see his name being linked with that job, although, would he want to go back? The Ajax or PSV job could tempt Mourinho into a move to the Netherlands but his style of play is more likely to be suited to the latter rather than the former. Celtic have already been linked with a move for Mourinho and that would be the most fantastic capture in the club's history if they could pull it off. The way Mourinho's last two jobs have ended, I wouldn't be too surprised if he actually took on the Celtic job in order to get back to winning trophies and competing in the Champions League on a regular basis, but could the club afford him?
It is almost impossible to imagine Mourinho managing outside of the top seven leagues in Europe and if one of the above jobs doesn't come up soon then he might have to try his hand at international football. We have seen that Betfair are linking Mourinho with the England job if Southgate fails at Euro 2020 but would fans of English football and key Spurs players such as Harry Kane want to play under Mourinho again? Personally, I think it would be great for Mourinho to take a leaf out of his close friend Carlo Ancelotti's book and make his next move a long term project without the pressure of having to win trophies instantly. Obviously, finding a club with decent resources and an attitude like Everton won't be easy.
The Problem with Mourinho
In the past, Mourinho's biggest problem was his mouth but since his time at Man Utd, the issue has been more with his style of play and lack of ability to challenge for the major trophies. Many fans of both clubs have complained about his negative, ‘park the bus' style of play, where one goal is good enough to win the game. When you are winning big trophies and challenge right at the top of the table, fans will often forgo the old style of play issue but when you aren't delivering the silverware, they become very frustrated, very quickly.
Going forward, Mourinho's other big issue is going to be his wage demands. With a CV like his, you can understand why he wants to charge top dollar for his services but at this moment in time, he needs to be looking for a project with a ‘smaller club than he is used to managing and that means taking a pay cut. Whether or not Jose would be willing to make such cuts is another issue altogether but I'm sure we have not heard or seen the last of Jose Mourinho.