The departure of the ‘Special One’ from Stamford Bridge was indeed a shock. A manager, who brought Chelsea in the bracket of big clubs had a bad half-season and suddenly all of his achievements are forgotten.
Nine defeats this season already, as the threat of relegation still hangs above the head.
It's all done and dusted now as Chelsea look for a permanent replacement after Guus Hiddink's second interim tenure. On the other hand, the 52-year-old will obviously look to get back in the footballing circle. Here are four possible destinations he could resurrect his career:
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The discontent between the players and Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford are growing. Reports suggest Ed Woodward is under pressure and may soon require a bold decision.
If it wasn’t for Moyes, the role could have been for Mourinho after the Sir Alex Ferguson era at Man Utd.
As far as the Portuguese is concerned, he would love life as a Red Devil. This appointment may suit both parties. United can finally end their hunt for silverware and Mourinho could find the art of crafting a legacy at a single club - a craving he desperately wanted at Chelsea.
A return to the Bernabeu is not totally implausible at all. Real Madrid are having an average season by their high standards, Rafael Benitez has struggled to get to grips at Madrid and the general atmosphere surrounding the club currently is very negative.
The curious case of Carlo Ancelotti, who managed La Decima, was sacked before the start of this season and his replacement could also be on the way shortly as he is yet to find the mantra of winning against big clubs.
Mourinho had a good spell in Spain, winning the La Liga title and Copa Del Rey. His win percentage of 71.91% as Madrid manager makes him a candidate for world’s toughest job yet again, although after such a dramatic departure this would still be surprising.
A reunion on the international stage with Cristiano Ronaldo- a treat for Portugal fans certainly. Mourinho is a tonic, who can truly extract the real potential of Portugal starlets.
It will be new scenery all together for the former Chelsea boss. He can nourish his management skills with a new experience. Different pressure and level of competition will help the Special One learn new dynamics of the game.
Euro 2016 is not far away and Portugal are far from being title contenders. With Mourinho in their ranks, who will be eager to prove his worth yet again may see this as an opportunity to relish.
It’s an opportunity to put a stamp in the international arena for the ex-Chelsea boss and a chance for Portugal to challenge for European gold.
The blue side of Manchester is as impatient as the blue side of London. Manuel Pellegrini must bring trophies or say goodbye to the club. If Frank Lampard could play for the Citizens, then why can’t his former boss manage them?
However, there are certain factors behind this being a possibility.
If Guardiola ends up at Chelsea or Man Utd, and City go trophyless, we might see this unthinkable move happening.
The Etihad club suits Mourinho, with unlimited funds and quality names already in the squad. This move will certainly take the Premier League by storm should it take place anytime soon.