Where Now For The Special One?

Andrew BarrySenior Analyst IMay 10, 2008

The self-proclaimed Special One Jose Mourinho is out of work since September. The Barcelona job has gone and no club has plummeted for the serial winner. Who will put the overcoat on their sideline?

Mourinho left Chelsea after failing to deliver a third successive Premier League title and transforming the Londoners into swashbuckling entertainers. Abramovich didn't favour the 1-0's and appointed Avram Grant who's style has divided fans.

Jose was initially backed by the Russian after poaching him from Porto, Drogba, Essien, Cole, Carvalho, Ballack and Shevchenko all arriving to Stamford Bridge.

Success was instant, 2 Premierships, 1 League Cup and 1 FA Cup. The short coming however was failure to reach a Champions League final despite the club's riches.

Mourinho's thinly veiled criticism of Abramovich strained their relationship, hitting out at the billionaire's divorce saying it cost him January transfer funds. And after a bad start to this years campaign the Portugueser was on his way.

Jose was out of a job and surely it wouldn't take long for a club to snap up a Champions League winner. All the top clubs were content however, Real, Barca, AC Milan and Inter had no need for him.

One team did come calling however and it was England. After an abysmal qualifying campaign and McClaren's sacking the FA paid him a visit. Mourinho rejected on the grounds of being too young for international management. Capello was duly appointed.

Another aspect of Mourinho is his popularity with players. Drogba has already stated a desire to rejoin his old gaffer. Lampard could follow to Jose's new destination as well.

The clause in Mourinho's contract stating he couldn't join another EPL team expires at around 5 o'clock on May 11, when the season wraps up. So where will Mourinho end up?

Liverpool: Despite constantly touting himself for old rival Benitez's position, the Merseysiders are set to stand by the Spaniard despite a poor season.

Real Madrid:Just crowned La Liga champions and it would be a shock if they dispensed with Schuster. However stranger things have happened and Mourinho could deliver much desired Champions League glory.

AC Milan: Fourth place in Serie A and knocked out of the last 16 of the Champions League. It has been a substandard season but with new blood set to be injected, a new manager might freshen things up further. An option.

Inter: Since missing out on the Barca job, it seems to be universally expected in Milan that Mourinho will replace Mancini. Serie A glory will not be enough and expect Jose to lead the Nerazzurri to UCL's latter stages.