Jose Mourinho paid the price for a dismal start to the season with Manchester United as he lost his job on Tuesday.
In truth, United were performing well below expectations this campaign.
Mourinho's side sat 6th in the Premier League, a mammoth 19 points behind arch-rivals Liverpool.
Although he initially declined to speak, Mourinho dropped an emotional statement about his sacking on Wednesday.
"I have been immensely proud to wear the badge of Manchester United since the first day I arrived, and I believe all United fans recognise this," Mourinho said in a statement, per the BBC.
"Each time a chapter is closed, I show my deepest respect by not making any comments about my former colleagues."
But where next for Mourinho?
The Portuguese manager will be one of the most attractive free agents on the market at the moment.
His pedigree is undeniable. He's won two Champions League's and eight domestic league titles in his career.
So, understandably, he's bound to attract interest from multiple clubs around Europe.
And, according to the Times, he's already garnering interest from three big clubs.
They name three of his former clubs Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Benfica, as the clubs that are monitoring his situation.
They write: "The Times understands that he would be interested in a return to Real Madrid. Florentino Pérez, the club president, appointed Santiago Solari in October, but there is a feeling in Spain that Real could be looking for a new manager next summer.
"Benfica are also monitoring Mourinho’s situation and Inter Milan, another of his former clubs, could move for him if they sack Luciano Spalletti after his failure to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages."
He's only been a free agent for two days but it seems Mourinho may have a number of options at his disposal.
When, and where Mourinho decides to return to management, remains to be seen.
But there's a very good chance he could be employed by a big club in the not so distant future.News Now - Sport News