Jose Mourinho misses management.
According to numerous reports over many weeks since he was fired as Chelsea’s manager back in December 2015, Manchester United seem to be the overwhelming favorites to hand the legendary coach a return to the Premier League.
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Mourinho, 53, was speaking in Singapore on Wednesday and revealed that the speculation about his future is even confusing him but as of right now, he’s happy he doesn’t have a job.
“That’s the one million dollar question. Nobody knows and I am the first one not to know. I read so many different things,” Mourinho laughed. “One day it says yes, another day it says no. One other day is says I go to China, another day it says I go to Italy. I go to Milan and people say I am going to Inter. I’m here and probably you say I go to Singapore national team. Every day new things are coming. The reality is I have no job and at this moment I am happy not to have a job.”
But will he look to return sooner rather than later?
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The man who has led Chelsea to three PL titles in five full seasons in charge — including the 2014-15 crown before the Blues’ remarkable collapse this season — is the heavy favorite to replace Louis Van Gaal this summer but some reports suggest Mourinho could arrive before the end of this season if United continue to fall further behind the top four and fail to land a piece of silverware in the FA Cup or the Europa League.
Mourinho admitted he misses the game but would ideally like to wait until the start of next season to begin his next adventure.
“I miss football, yes,” Mourinho said. “If I have to return tomorrow I return tomorrow but I always feel that it is better to wait, not to rush. It is better to be calm and wait for the right moment, for the right move and I think starting the next season with a new club and a new project is probably the best thing for me.”
Would the “Special One” be the best man to take over at Old Trafford and lead the Red Devils back to glory?
It seems like we may have to wait a few more months to find out if that’s the case but even after Chelsea’s diabolical start to this season, Mourinho is — and always will be — a man in demand as the coach who has won trophies wherever he has gone could be the solution (short-term at least) to deliver trophies to Old Trafford.