The coach Sports Illustrated once considered probably the best coach ever in any sport has been in the news in the last couple days, and there are reports that the deal is done, and Jose Mourinho will return to Chelsea FC at the end of the season.
But there is also a persistent rumor that Mourinho may still be in Manchester United list to replace Alex Ferguson.
Mourinho led the English team to championship titles in 2004 (the first Premier League title Chelsea FC achieved in 50 years), and in 2005.
Mourinho always said he wanted to go back to England and coach another Premier League team. And it may happen due to:
- The recent results in the Spanish League.
- The constant tension between Real Madrid’s coach and the team goalkeeper icon Iker Casillas
- Mourinho never got full control of the team general decisions
- Mourinho wasn’t able to build the same relationship with its players in Madrid, as he did when he coached Porto (2002 to 2004), Chelsea FC or Inter Milan (2008-2010).
I think Mourinho is a good fit for a second stint with its previous team, but in a personal level, I would like to see him replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. In terms of legacy building, Manchester United its top of the line. And after winning every title a coach can aspire- not counting a Soccer World Cup or European Championship- Mourinho should be looking for a long term position, where he will be remembered in connection with a team with history that contends every year for every title.
Will Falcao and Ronaldo follow?
Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid FC) are also linked to follow Mourinho to England.
Reports link Falcao to a Chelsea transfer. The Bild goes even further, claiming the deal is already done, and Atletico Madrid will receive 60 million Euros. Falcao and Mourinho share the same agent, the Portuguese Fernando Mendes.
Falcao has also been linked to Manchester United, but the recent English Premier League Champion has been trying to acquire Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowsk, opening the way for Chelsea to make its move.
As for Cristiano Ronaldo, things are a bit more complicated, but with Roman Abrahmovich fat purse, there seems to be no limits for the Chelsea owner.
Of course, there is always Manchester United shadow lurking over any deal Chelsea may want to pull: Mourinho is seen as the most desired successor to Manchester United Alex Ferguson, and Ronaldo return to Manchester United has been rumored several times this year.