After the conflict between José Mourinho and Iker Casillas exploded yesterday when he benched the Real Madrid captain, more questions than ever are being asked about the Portuguese coach’s continuity at the club.
After the controversial loss to Malaga last night, Mourinho declared "I'm not considering quitting and I’m not worried about my job." Many in Spain have called for his resignation, but the club seems like it will support Mourinho for the time being.
However, few believe that he will stay at Madrid after the end of this season, and he himself has made it clear that he wants to coach another team straight after Real Madrid.
So the question is: Where will he go? These are five possible teams that Mourinho could head to next season…
Dubbed the “Special One” in England, Mourinho has always said he loves the Premier League, and it seems to be the league he is most comfortable in. While Manchester City are current reigning champions, their continued demise in Europe has led to questions about Roberto Mancini’s position as coach.
For the two seasons that they made the premium European competition, Manchester City failed to make it out of the group stage. If City don’t retain their Premier League title—or perhaps even if they do—the owners might think it’s a good time to change managers. And they have the money to back their bid for Mourinho.
Sir Alex Ferguson is the most successful manager in football history at club level and will be a tough man to replace.
After more than 25 years in charge of the Red Devils, the fans have somewhat taken it for granted that Fergie won’t be in charge forever.
Only a top manager could ever replace him, and Mourinho is definitely that. Furthermore, Mourinho enjoys a good relationship with Ferguson from his time in charge of Chelsea. That's an essential point, as Ferguson will most certainly have his say in who will take his place.
The big “if” in this option is whether Ferguson will leave at the end of this season or if he’ll stay a bit longer.
These are turbulent times at Chelsea FC, with fans unhappy with the sacking of Champions League winner Roberto Di Matteo. They have been even more infuriated by the fact that the Chelsea legend has been replaced by former arch-rival, Rafael Benitez.
Mourinho, on the other hand, is remembered by the Chelsea faithful as the manager who led them to their most successful spell in domestic football. In his time at Chelsea, he won two Premier Leagues, two League Cups, an FA Cup and a Community Shield.
If Roman Abramovich, Chelsea’s billionaire owner, does not get his dream signing Pep Guardiola, he may well try to get the coach he parted with in 2007.
New-rich club Paris Saint-Germain are still trying to break into the elite of European football.
Although they have had a strong start to their European campaign this season, the owners might not be so happy with their domestic form. In the league, they have not delivered the expected dominance their world-star team should deliver.
This may weaken Ancelotti’s position at the club, and the Qatari owners could be tempted to sign another big name in the summer. They have already expressed their interest in signing two key figures from Madrid.
Although it is hard to imagine Mourinho’s talent as coach reduced to just a few international matches a year, the Portuguese has already expressed his wish to someday coach for his country.
If Mourinho leaves at the end of the season from Madrid, it will be in June of 2013, just one year before the World Cup Finals in Brazil.
It seems to be an outside bet that Mourinho would take over Portugal. However, considering the ambition that drives him and the objectives he sets himself, you’d expect him to want to compete for a World Cup at some point in his career.