José Mario dos Santos Mourinho Felix, known to the world as José Mourinho, is one of the most exciting and coveted managers currently active in world football. Since he won the UEFA Cup with Porto in 2003, and an historic Champions League title the following year, Mourinho has become widely regarded as one of the best football coaches of all time.
Mourinho is well known and respected for his combative management style, a system based on a rigid and organised team structure, one that concedes very few goals; this is a method he perfected throughout his career. He is also famed for his intensive man management and is seen by many of his players, current and former, as a father figure.
The Special One, as he is often known colloquially, is perhaps best recognised for his tenure as manager of Chelsea Football Club, where he won two league titles and transformed the London club into a footballing superpower.
Following a rift with controversial owner Roman Abramovich, Mourinho left Chelsea in 2007 and shortly thereafter (in 2008) joined Inter Milan. During his two seasons at the Italian club he won two league titles and in the second season won the Champions League, Inter’s first since 1965. In doing so he became only the third manager in history to win the European Cup with two different teams.
Despite a successful tenure at the helm of Inter Milan, José Mourinho felt like a fish out of water in Italy and had highly publicised fallings out with the Italian media, who he claimed didn’t ‘get him’. He left after securing the Champions League and was offered one of the most coveted jobs in football, manager of Spanish giants Real Madrid, where he is still manager. During his time in Spain, The Special One has captured every domestic title available, with only the Champions League (and the chance to become the first boss to win the European title with three different clubs) eluding him.
Mourinho’s time at Real Madrid has been marred by controversy, poor displays and the weight of expectation. Despite publicly pledging his future to Los Galacticos it seems certain that the Portuguese will leave Spain in the summer.
There is no doubt that the popular boss would interest many clubs and some debate is raging about where he may choose to manage next. There are many possible destinations across Europe where Mourinho would be welcomed with open arms. Germany is a possible destination depending on the future of Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp. However the most likely destination for the maverick manager would be a return to the Premier League. Assuming he can patch up his differences with Abramovic, Chelsea would almost surely be the destination.
Wherever José Mourinho chooses to hang his hat, one thing is for sure, he will be welcomed with open arms.