Mourinho heading to London - but where?

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It says quite something about the irresistible allure of Jose Mourinho that, even four-and-a-half years after leaving the Premier League, he still warrants front page news in England.

The Real Madrid boss was photographed in London on Tuesday afternoon, and was reportedly scouring the capital for a new family home, which has fuelled speculation that he is set to return to management in the country.

It has been widely claimed that Mourinho will leave the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season having grown tired with life in Madrid, which seemingly makes him available for hire.

With Andre Villas-Boas struggling to make his mark at Chelsea, a return to Stamford Bridge for Mourinho has been mooted now that the Portuguese has buried the hatchet with Roman Abramovich.

But Tottenham also appears to be a likely destination for the 49-year-old, with Harry Redknapp expected to leave White Hart Lane for the England job.

Many observers have also questioned the longevity of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and, according to The Mirror, Mourinho's presence in London could 'invite offers' from the Gunners.

With the English press ready to embrace the return of the 'Special One', GMF takes a closer look at where Mourinho could be headed…


If Arsenal decide that the ideal person to succeed Arsene Wenger would be a manager with a proven track record of success, then surely there is no better candidate than Mourinho.

In almost 12 years as a manager, Mourinho can boast six league titles across three different leagues, and is likely to add another with Real Madrid this season.

But it is, of course, his triumphs in Europe that mark Mourinho as a modern great, having won the Champions League with both Porto and Inter Milan.

The problem for Mourinho is, however, that his reputation for being a negative tactician would mean Wenger is unlikely to recommend him as a preferred successor.

Mourinho has, though, allowed his Real Madrid players to operate with verve and freedom this season, but his tactics both on and off the field when facing Barcelona demonstrate that he is not well suited to Arsenal.


With Mourinho apparently on his way out of Madrid and Andre Villas-Boas' future at Chelsea uncertain, a second coming of the former is seemingly set up perfectly.

Roman Abramovich has already been through the majority of the world's best managers once so, should he sack Villas-Boas, Mourinho would be the leading candidate to replace his former apprentice.

The return of Mourinho would be bring a 'feelgood factor' back to Stamford Bridge with both fans and players growing frustrated with Villas-Boas' Chelsea.

Appointing Mourinho would be the finest decision Abramovich has made since he first brought the former Porto boss to west London, but the Russian appears keen to build a Chelsea for the future rather than focus on past glories.

Abramovich has entrusted Villas-Boas to freshen up his playing squad with the club in transition, and the 34-year-old is more likely to bow to the requests of the owner than the notoriously stubborn Mourinho.


Tottenham would appear to be the most likely destination for Mourinho with Harry Redknapp not expected to resist the overtures of England, as and when his country comes calling.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has already reportedly sounded out Mourinho with regards to replacing Redknapp at the helm, and everything is in place at White Hart Lane for the former to take the club to the next level.

Tottenham find themselves in a similar situation to that of Chelsea when Mourinho took the position in 2004, with the north London club on the cusp of a period of sustained success.

It would, however, be a significant step down from Real Madrid - should Mourinho decide to take the position - and Spurs will not be able to match the £11.3 million-a-year wages he makes at the Santiago Bernabeu.

But taking charge of Spurs would represent an intriguing challenge for Mourinho, and he has never been afraid to take risks.

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