Mourinho must fight Chelsea temptation

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Andre Villas-Boas' sacking has led to inevitable rumours linking Jose Mourinho with a return to Chelsea.

At a time where the 'Special One' is growing increasingly frustrated with the internal politics at Real Madrid, leading to speculation he will leave the Bernabeu at the end of the season, it is only natural the Portuguese boss would be suggested as a replacement for his former understudy at Stamford Bridge.

But, those who suggest that Mourinho would be foolish to turn down the option of a return to his old stomping ground are naive, because an even bigger, better position is just around the corner. The Manchester United managerial hotseat.

Sir Alex Ferguson will have a job for life at Old Trafford having recently celebrated 25 successful years at the Red Devils' helm. But the 70-year-old Scot has already indicated he only has another two, maybe three seasons in him.

After Mourinho's acrimonious departure from west London back in 2007, he has regularly been touted as the long-term successor to Ferguson - having triumphed wherever he has been, both before and after his Chelsea tenure.

Former Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham believes Mourinho is the perfect candidate to take the reigns when Ferguson's time finally comes to an end.

"I think that Mourinho would be ideal for United," he told the Sunday Mirror. "It is going to be one of the best jobs in football when Sir Alex retires – but also one of the most difficult.

"It will be intimidating to follow a man who has achieved so much. Mourinho is one of the few people who could ­handle it. There is no doubt in my mind about that."

Sheringham has said he can also see the attraction of White Hart Lane should the Tottenham job become available, after Mourinho was identified as a potential replacement for Harry Redknapp should he take over as new England boss.

"He loves London – he has said that many times. And there is no question that in the last few years, Tottenham have made tremendous strides under Harry Redknapp.

"It will be a great job for someone – maybe Mourinho. But United are different. Mourinho says he is the Special One and he has proved that no matter where he has been.

"He is a proven winner. And it will need a special individual to take over at Old Trafford when that job eventually comes up. He could handle it, I am sure of that."

Mourinho was pictured house-hunting in London last week, adding to the growing speculation he is poised to return to the Premier League.

His future in Spain has been questioned virtually since the beginning of his Real Madrid tenure in 2010, and following the sacking of Villas-Boas at Chelsea, his anticipated return could be brought forward.

Villas-Boas has been constantly compared to Mourinho since leading Porto to a memorable treble in his solitary season with the Portuguese side, before following in the footsteps of his former boss with a move to Chelsea.

But faced with an ageing side and player power at Stamford Bridge, AVB was unable to match Mourinho in terms of success, and his planned three-year stay ended somewhat abruptly, after only eight months.

Mourinho would be foolish to go back to Chelsea though, even in light of his improved relationship with club owner Roman Abramovich - a man he still keeps in touch with. He would be much better off waiting for Manchester United.

"United is a huge club. Certainly one of the biggest, if not the biggest in the world," concluded Sheringham. "It is certainly up there with Barcelona and Real Madrid.

"It is daunting. Especially after the success that Sir Alex has brought to the club. But that would not bother Mourinho. He will take it in his stride.

"I understand that he and Sir Alex get on well so, you never know, he might have been given the nod about it. For me, he would be the one to take over if he is given the chance."

London may well be calling, but talk or a return to England is premature as Mourinho still has unfinished business at Real Madrid. The 'Special One' must fight the Chelsea temptation and wait for his Old Trafford role call.

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