Many Manchester United fans have probably been sat refreshing their Twitter feeds over the previous few days waiting to see the words ‘Jose Mourinho officially confirmed as Manchester United manager.’
It seems as though it’s just a matter of time before the Portuguese is announced as their new boss after the club sacked Louis van Gaal on Monday.
So, what’s the delay?
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Well, the Independent think they know. They’re reporting the quite ridiculous story that Chelsea still own his name which is complicating contract talks with the Old Trafford club.
Reports suggest that Mourinho has agreed personal terms in regards to his salary and length of his deal.
However, it’s issues with his image rights that is the sticking point.
The European Union’s Intellectual Property Office database has confirmed that the name ‘Jose Mourinho’ is currently registered as a trademark of Chelsea Football Club Limited.
The application for the ownership of his name was received in March 2005 and it was accepted the following year with Chelsea’s ownership of the name expected to last until 2025.
The report is backed up by the Twitter user @JakeFCohen - who claims he is a sports lawyer.
He has attempted to explain the situation in a series of tweets:
“For Mourinho, image rights worth millions. Potentially complicated by fact that Chelsea owns trademark to his name!”
He then confirmed that the issue relates to the name of ‘Jose Mourinho’ rather than ‘The Special One.’
It certainly is a strange scenario - one we have never heard before. With such a unique issue, it’s hard to know how much of a problem this will pose to Manchester United and Mourinho.
But that’s not the only section of the image rights that is causing problems. The report also states that both Mourinho and Manchester United have different official watch partners meaning something has do give.
Despite these little hiccups though, it's likely it will only cause delays to the announcement rather than a total disruption.
Ever since he was sacked from the Stamford Bridge club in December, Mourinho has been heavily linked with the Old Trafford hotseat.
However, a report in The Sun claimed that Mourinho had to reject five enquiries from Real Madrid, AS Roma, Internazionale, Arsenal and Everton whilst he was waiting in the wings.
But, five months after reports began circulating around Mourinho’s potential appointment at the Theatre of Dreams, he is still waiting patiently and this latest bizarre setback is likely to infuriate him and United supporters alike.
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