The circumstances that led to his dismissal at Old Trafford were all too similar to those at Stamford Bridge, with poor results, player bust-ups, and an overall clueless brand of football on full and consistent display.
Despite these issues, however, several sources have indicated that Mourinho has already begun attracting interest from several top clubs across Europe.
Amid these reports, Spanish outlet Marca has shed some light on the Galacticos’ supposed interest in their former gaffer.
While Santiago Solari has managed to somewhat steady the ship in the Spanish capital, Real’s problems haven’t stopped existing, as evident from their recent home thrashing at the hands of CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.
Sources indicate that Real Madrid do intend to hire a proper replacement for Solari at the end of the season, but Jose Mourinho is unlikely to be that man.
Club president Florentino Perez continues to share a good relationship with Jose, but top officials of the Madrid-based outfit haven’t forgotten the disharmony caused by Mourinho in the dressing room during his previous stint, and his subsequent spells in England have only ruined his image further.
Members of the Real Madrid hierarchy have been texting Mourinho lately, but only to express their sympathies, as they firmly believe that hiring the ex-Chelsea boss again would be completely “counterproductive”.
It remains to be seen what lies next for the 55-year-old tactician who has, for the time being, decided to return to London and live his normal life until he wishes to return to football.