The domino-effect in club-football is a thing to be admired. Nowhere has it been more apparent than in the recent sacking of Jose Mourinho by Manchester United.
Apart from the obvious talking point of who the replacement manager will be, this removal has also caused changes in sagas like the future of Paul Pogba or the viability of a few winter deals that Mourinho had allegedly asked for.
But given the high-profile nature of Mourinho and the incredible resume he boasts of, another natural question that is raised is- where to next, Jose?
The answer may just surprise many people.
According to the Independent, Mourinho’s next destination may just be a return to managing Real Madrid.
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The report claims that the Portuguese gaffer is still in the good books of club president Florentino Perez. The top man has apparently identified Mourinho to be the perfect man to engineer a club-overhaul that he has lined up for the summer.
Currently, Madrid are under caretaker manager Santiago Solari who took over after a disastrous opening spell of Julen Lopetegui at the helm of Los Blancos. However, Perez has bigger plans for the side, the primary one being a revamp of their swiftly aging roster.
Mourinho’s prior stint with the La Liga giants ended on a sour note, with a fallout having taken place with senior players, noticeably that between Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, and Iker Casillas. This was in addition to his failure to secure the coveted La Decima title as well.
Ironically, those players may wield less power than they did back in 2013, as the two that remain are also amongst the senior-most in the side, fitting the bill for the kind of players Perez may be eager to ax.
It is interesting to see that Mourinho is still able to attract a top club like Madrid- a recurring theme in his career, regardless of how bad his immediately previous stint may have been.