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Jose Mourinho Reportedly Targeted for England Job Amid Manchester United Rumours

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho smiles as he attends a group photo session pitchside as a guest of FIFA Presidential Candidate Gianni Infantino after unveiling his 90 day plan that he will implement if he is elected FIFA President, at Wembley Stadium in London, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistFebruary 25, 2016

Jose Mourinho is reportedly high on the Football Association's list of candidates to replace Roy Hodgson as England manager if the Special One doesn't end up taking the job at Manchester United, who are still dithering over his appointment.

That's according to the Sun's Duncan Wright, who claims Hodgson won't be offered a new deal unless the Three Lions do well at the upcoming UEFA Euro 2016 tournament.

Per the report, Gary Neville's struggles with Valencia have left the FA scrambling to find other options in case England fall flat in France, and with few top managers currently available, Mourinho would be a viable candidate.

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The former Chelsea boss has never managed a national team before, but he was interviewed by the FA before Fabio Capello took charge of the team in 2008, per Wright. He's been heavily linked with the Red Devils, who are expected to part ways with current manager Louis van Gaal at the end of the season.

As shared by Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News, the excitement surrounding his potential appointment is high:

But according to Wright, Mourinho has now made it clear his patience isn't endless, and he's growing frustrated with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. He expected to be handed the job before Christmas, and months later, he's still waiting for a firm agreement.

Hodgson failed to guide England past the group stages of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and after a promising qualification campaign, expectations are high for the Three Lions entering Euro 2016.

While the team isn't expected to contend for the title, FA chairman Greg Dyke is reportedly targeting a spot in the semi-finals, and Hodgson won't be allowed to continue with the team if he fails to deliver.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20:  England manager Roy Hodgson is seen on the stand prior to the Emirates FA Cup fifth round match between AFC Bournemouth and Everton at the Vitality Stadium on February 20, 2016 in Bournemouth, England.  (Photo by Steve
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Replacing him with Mourinho would be a bold move, and one that would grab plenty of headlines. Per BBC Sport's Del Crookes, controversy seems to follow the Portuguese manager wherever he goes, and his last stint with Chelsea still sits fresh in the memories of fans across the country.

The man himself has preached patience while he waits for the “right project,” per BBC Sport's Simon Stone:

While United fans may mostly be in favour of his appointment, plenty of supporters from other clubs, who also back the national team, wouldn't be too happy to see the former Real Madrid boss take charge of the national team.

Managing a club side and dealing with a national team are two very different things, and while plenty of managers have found success doing both―Vicente del Bosque comes to mind―others have struggled adapting to new responsibilities.

Current Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink is renowned for his ability to work with national teams, but only ever won national titles with one club: PSV Eindhoven. Capello found tons of success with AS Roma, AC Milan and Real Madrid, but his spells in charge of England and Russia were disappointing.

Mourinho is a fantastic tactician and superb motivator, but he's used to talking to his players almost every day of the year. Whether he would be able to find similar success with a squad he sees just a few weeks every season is debatable, and if he and United don't come to an agreement, fans may find out sooner rather than later.  

 

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