Jose Mourinho has been linked with taking over at Manchester United and returning to Real Madrid since being sacked by Chelsea ten days ago just seven months after winning the Premier league title at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho wants to manage England after the 2016 Euro’s if Roy Hodgson steps down.
The Portuguese coach recently told an agent Jorge Mendes he would manage England if the opportunity arises next summer even as he is still out of work,
Realistically, the 52-year-old would like to stay in club management and with Louis van Gaal under pressure at Old Trafford that would be his preferred destination if United ditch the Duthcman.
But Mourinho has already declared he intends to stay living in England with wife Matilde and two children at their London home. And as recently as September he claimed that when he left Chelsea managing England would be high on his wish list of dream managerial jobs.
Although, the FA remain right behind Hodgson and believe the 68-year-old is the right man to lead them in the Euro 2016 Finals in France next summer despite a disastrous 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but many England fans believe Mourinho is better equipped to develop a system to get the best out of stars like skipper Wayne Rooney and up and coming young guns like Harry Kane, Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling and 19-year-old Spurs newcomer Dele Alli against the top teams in the world.
That’s why he’s serious about managing the Three Lions and would jump at the chance to lead them to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
That outcome depends solely on how well or badly England fare under Hodgson in France next summer with senior figures at the FA feeling the squad is capable of reaching the quarter finals after drawing Wales, Slovakia and Russia.
Hodgson’s current England deal will supposedly runs out after Euro 2016 but so far the FA, wary that Hodgson will be almost 71 when the World Cup begins in Russia, and they have made no moves to extend his contract.
That has left the door open for Mourinho – as well as British candidates like Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew, Sunderland’s Sam Allardyce and former Kop chief Brendan Rodgers.
Hodgson has hinted he’d like to stay on if England sparkle in France – but it’s by no means certain he will.
“If we’re going to discuss any extension to my contract, which actually runs out in the summer, I’d have to sit down and talk quite seriously to the FA and find out exactly what they have in mind,” said Hodgson recently,
“Most important of all, I’d want to know that I was welcome. One of the things which has always bothered me is that you can outstay your welcome at places and sometimes it’s better not to do that. However, having said that, I have got to also say that it is a really exciting time at the moment, especially with so many young players.
“We have spent quite a lot of time with these players and we really do believe they have great potential, so when the day comes for me to turn my back on it I will miss them, that’s for sure.”
That moment could be after England’s involvement in the Euro’s is over next summer. And, if he’s still free, Mourinho will want the job.