Jose Mourinho has itchy feet.
The Portuguese coach has been at home and out of work for less than a month but according to a report from ESPN the former Chelsea boss is growing frustrated that he is yet to be installed as Manchester United manager.
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Mourinho, 52, was said to be the overwhelming favorite to replace current United boss Louis Van Gaal in December during a stretch of eight games without a win for the Dutch coach.
It was also widely reported that LVG would be fired following United’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Dec. 28 but he remains in charge and Mourinho’s representatives have aired their displeasure as it is believed executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward wants Van Gaal to stay and turn things around.
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Mourinho’s reps were said to be scouting around for other options as far back as October as things began to implode at Chelsea, with both Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan options, but the former Porto, Real Madrid and Inter boss is said to want a crack at the United job, something he has reportedly come close to on numerous occasions in the past.
Many among the United hierarchy are still hesitant to give Mourinho a chance to lead them and the report claims his representatives are now looking at other options as he aims to return to management as quickly as possible following his firing from Chelsea after the reigning champs’ abysmal start to the current season.
With United not impressing under van Gaal as his defensive tactics have seen them crash out of the UEFA Champions League at the group stage this season and slip to fifth in the PL table, many fans and pundits are calling for Mourinho to take over as the man who has delivered league titles in England, Spain, Portugal and Italy has a proven track record of success… even if his ability to remain at one club for longer than three years is questionable.
Looks like that window of opportunity may have passed.