Jose Mourinho has always maintained that he would like to return to the Premier League and ever since the enigmatic Portuguese coach left Chelsea there seems to have been a void left behind which has never really be filled. The character that is Jose Mourinho, the self proclaimed ‘special one’ seemed to fit into the Premier League and English life in general with admirable ease and as such many have clamoured for his return.
Following a difficult season in charge of Real Madrid with Mourinho coming into conflict with club president Florentino Perez as a result of the alienation of the more experience members of the Madrid squad i.e. Iker Casillas there has been heavy speculation that the 2012-2013 campaign will be Mourinho’s last away from his beloved Premier League.
It is expected Real Madrid want a more conflict shy manager to take charge of their team following the somewhat controversial reign of Mourinho, however this had been tried in the years prior to Mourinho’s arrival at the Bernabeu in 2010 and didn’t take Real to their much coveted European Cup glory, while Mourinho remains on course to take Real to their first final since 2002. With managers such as Carlo Ancelotti, Andre Villas-Boas and Rafael Benitez being muted as potential successors to Mourinho in the Spanish capital there has as a result been much speculation as to where Mourinho’s future lies.
There has been much talk of the long awaited ‘dream’ of Mourinho’s, taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, however with the experienced Scot continuing to hold onto his position at Manchester United despite his age Mourinho may well run out of patience in waiting for the Old Trafford hot seat. Manchester City after having endured a frustrating season this year struggling to match Manchester United domestically and producing dismal displays in Europe may well be in the market for a new manager this summer and Mourinho would fit the bill perfectly. He has the persona and attributes to manage a club in the public eye and City would have considerable money to spend which is something Mourinho has done consistently in all of his managerial adventures thus far in his career.
More recently however talk of a return to Stamford Bridge has caught the eye of the media and taken off in the most viral manner, persons in the media believe it is a done deal with Sir Alex Ferguson even alluding to the belief that Mourinho would be back at Chelsea next season in his press conference last Friday. The move that Chelsea fans have dreamed of ever since Mourinho left in 2007 would completely lift the gloom shadowing events at Stamford Bridge this year following the dismissal of European Cup winning manager Roberto Di Matteo and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich if he can put his past differences with Mourinho aside could well use this move as a tool to get fans back on his side after a difficult six months.
Jose Mourinho has kept mischievously quiet in recent times, allowing media outlets to speculate and excite themselves at the prospect of a potential Premier League return of the ‘Special One’ however the Real Madrid head coach following a 3-2 defeat in Istanbul which saw his side progress to the Semi-Final of the European Cup stated that he would be discussing his future with Madrid president Florentino Perez at the end of the season, leaving the avenue of a potential Bernabeu stay well and truly open. Despite having a contract until 2016 with Los Blancos Mourinho was quoted as saying “When the season ends I will sit down with who I have to, we will sit down quietly and talk about my future, like two friends.”
This move will come as no surprise to those who know Mourinho with the Portuguese coach clearly looking to disregard any possible distractions in his quest to take Real Madrid to European Cup glory, which would take his personal tally to three European Cup titles with three different clubs. Real Madrid last night joined Borussia Dortmund in the European Cup semi finals with Barcelona and PSG and Juventus and Bayern Munich to compete this evening to determine the other two semi finalists.
Mourinho Record at Chelsea:
2005 Premier League Champions
2005 League Cup Winners
2006 Premier League Champions
2007 League Cup Winners
2007 FA Cup Winner