Jose Mourinho Set to Test himself in France

Jose Mourinho, one of the most well-known coaches in the world and not surprisingly one of the most sought after coach has been linked with moving to several clubs since his departure from the Manchester United in December 2018. Out of all the clubs, there is one which stands out, and could easily be the one where the Special one will end up. We are talking about the French heavyweight Paris Saint Germain.

Jose Mourinho
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 16: Jose Mourinho the head coach / manager of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at Anfield on December 16, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho, who got his name “the Special One” is known to be one of the best coaches in the world, which by looking at his CV should come as given. In his 19 years long career as a head coach, Jose Mourinho coached Benfica, Uniao de Lieria, Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Chelsea and lastly Manchester United, who sacked him in December of 2018 after a disappointing season of the Red Devils. Despite the fact, he ended up being sacked, Mourinho recognition as one of the best coaches still firmly stands in the world of football. There is no denying Manchester United failed to perform up to par this season or at least failed to reach the expectations they were going for, but we cannot look past the fact Mourinho averaged 64.8% win rate with all the teams he coached. Furthermore, his accomplishments with Porto from 2002-2004 are something we rarely see in the world of football.  We could go through all the achievements and honours, even Guinness World Records Mourinho has to his name, however, I don’t think that is needed to prove Mourinho is an exceptional coach.

Since his departure from Manchester United, where he arrived in May 2016, Mourinho has been without a job, however, it did not take long for clubs to take notice of that and started showing an interest of bringing the Special one to their clubs. Among other clubs, Mourinho was also linked with the return to Real Madrid, but in the end, it was Zinedine Zidane who accepted the opportunity of reclaiming the Bernabeu hot seat as his own. With Real Madrid out of the questions two more names that showed interest in Mourinho popped up; Inter Milan and PSG. The French media outlet L’Equipe reported Mourinho could end up joining the French Ligue 1, but that would not necessarily mean that he would join PSG. It was reported that Mourinho targeted Lyon or Monaco, which would ultimately mean, the Portuguese would arrive in France to face against PSG. While those are just speculations, Mourinho could easily end up in one of the PSG rivals. He is known to like a challenge, and after a mediocre campaign at the Red Devils, Mourinho has a lot to prove to the world. There were no official statements from Mourinho on where he would like to end up, but one thing is for sure, he would not mind coaching a club in Ligue 1. In an interview, Mourinho confirmed that with a statement:

“I can imagine myself as a coach in Ligue 1. I am a man who has worked in four different countries. “I like to know other cultures. Working in a new championship would be a fantastic experience.”

Most of the football fans would not mind seeing Mourinho at Lyon or Monaco, just to see if the Special One can dethrone PSG as the French champions. To be fair, he is one of if not the only coach that would be capable of achieving something like that. But in the end, we must realize that if PSG ends up offering Mourinho the job, he will most likely take it. With a club like Paris Saint Germain, their money and exceptional players, they are on the paper more than capable of threatening the Champions League title, but they always failed short of doing so. There seems to be one piece missing that would turn their potential into reality, and maybe that missing piece is the 56-year old Portuguese, who goes by the name “The Special One”.

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