The Daily Mail are reporting that former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is eying the Tottenham job if current boss Mauricio Pochettino leaves his position.
However, Tottenham are not the only club that Mourinho fancies managing in the near future, with the Portuguese boss reportedly eyeing up a second stint at Real Madrid. Interest from Everton is unlikely to be welcomed, despite speculation on fan forums and social media.
One of the best coaches of his generation
For all the negatives that seem surround Jose Mourinho for his style of play, the former Porto boss is one of the best coaches of his generation. His silverware collection speaks for itself, and I am not talking about the expensive sets in his kitchen, purchased by high paying jobs either.
One his day, Mourinho is a tactical genius, who is not scared to be slightly more pragmatic. However, his forthright personality tends to rub people up the wrong way when things are going wrong for his teams. The top bosses tend to have big personalities and there are few in the modern game that match Mourinho in those stakes.
With Mourinho, you have to weigh up whether you can take his negative aspects to achieve success on the pitch, which he usually brings for the first few seasons at every club he manages.
Tottenham looks an unlikely destination
Mourinho’s managerial ability has been questioned since his sacking from Manchester United last December. As this season has shown with a lot of the same players, that United squad was mediocre at best. I believe Mourinho would relish a crack at a club challenging for honours.
In reality, a move to Spurs just would not make sense. Mourinho has enjoyed spending big at the likes of Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United in his recent jobs. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is as tight as they come when it comes to spending money. It would be interesting to listen to a conversation between the pair regarding football, though.
It would never work between the pair them. Also, it is doubtful that Spurs fan would welcome Mourinho’s style of football after Pochettino has instilled a more expansive brand of football, prior to this season of course.
However, some would argue that Spurs have failed to win silverware under Pochettino, despite their development. Maybe they need a boss who is more pragmatic to win silverware and go to the next level.
Real Madrid move more likely
The media also link Mourinho with the Real Madrid job on a regular basis. Real Madrid are top of La Liga under club legend Zinedine Zidane. However, the fact that Los Blancos have picked up just one point from a possible six in the Champions League has led to stories that the Frenchman may be on his way out of the Bernabeu.
The club from the Spanish capital has a long history of sacking very successful bosses, often for very small reasons. Real Madrid still has plenty of time to turn things around in Europe’s elite competition. However, their hierarchy are not the most patient in the world.
Ironically alongside Pochettino, Mourinho is joint-favourite at odds of 7/4 to be the next Real Madrid boss. The Portuguese boss still has a good relationship with Mourinho, which is only going to add to the speculation over Mourinho returning to Madrid.
The 56-year-old has been working as a pundit of late. However, he seems like the sort person who cannot be out of the game for long. There is the sense that he is binding his time until the right offer comes along. Where he will next turn up as boss is anybody’s guess at the minute.
Which club will Jose Mourinho manage next?