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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Jose Mourinho: Will the Special One end up at Arsenal, Chelsea, City or United?

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It's the worst kept secret in football but it looks as though the Special One Jose Mourinho and the Spanish giants Real Madrid will be parting company in the summer, but where will the former Chelsea boss end up?

Mourinho has always said he wanted to manage in England again and most English clubs would welcome the Special One with open arms. He may not be an angel but he is a winner and he guarantees silverware wherever he goes. That is what makes him such hot property.

The likes of Manchester City and Manchester United have been linked with the abrasive but charismatic character and you couldn't rule Chelsea out of that race either, even though Roman Abramovich gave him the boot in 2007. And what about Arsenal? The fans at the Emirates are craving silverware and losing patience with Arsene Wenger. Would Mourinho be welcome at Arsenal?

Manchester City

Roberto Mancini may have brought the FA Cup and Premier League title to the Etihad but their failure to get out of the group stage in the Champions League may force the owners to act in the summer. With Mourinho and his former Barcelona nemesis Pep Guardiola on the market, City will have the pulling power to convince anyone to head north.

There's no love loss between Mancini and Mourinho but the former Porto chief's record in Europe speaks for itself. The Special One could also attract some of the best players in La Liga to head to the Premier League.

If you think Mourinho will end up at City you will get best odds of 6/4 at Stan James.

Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho have grown close over the years and Fergie would love to hand the baton over to the Special One. After all, it will take someone special to follow in Fergie's footsteps. But when will Fergie retire? Mourinho is not going to wait for this job forever.

Mourinho could easily build on the foundations laid down by Fergie and bring trophies to Old Trafford on a yearly basis. And if he did arrive at the Theatre of Dreams you know that he will expect that chequebook to be opened regularly. Would the Glazer's support him? Definitely. Whenever Sir Alex has wanted money to spend on the squad he has always been given it. There's no reason why that would change under their own man.

Stan James are offering odds of 7/2 for Mourinho to replace Fergie.


Everyone assumes that Roman Abramovich is doing all he can to persuade Pep Guardiola to Stamford Bridge, but why would the former Barca boss go there when he knows he could be out of work after just one poor result? The little Spaniard wants some stability in order to implement his philiosphy.

With that in mind, could Roman go back - cap in hand - to Mourinho? Everyone was in shock when Mourinho was axed by Abramovich in 2007 and many Blues fans would love to see him back in the dugout at Stamford Bridge. He always speaks fondly of his time at Chelsea and stranger things have happened in football. Just look at Roman's decision to place Rafa Benitez as interim manager!

William Hill are best priced at 9/2 for Mourinho to end up at Chelsea.


The Gunners may still be in the running for four trophies but the fans are starting to lose patience with Arsene Wenger and his reluctance to spend money on top drawer players. Wenger's only saving grace these past few years has been their continued Champions League qualification. But with Everton and Spurs looking sharper this season and the Gunners looking increasingly inconsistent, that looks under real threat.

The number of fans joining the anti-Wenger brigade is seemingly climbing every week but would Gooners really accept Mourinho as their next boss? His brand of football at Chelsea didn't win any style points, but it delivered unrivalled riches to the Bridge. I know most Arsenal fans are praying for Guardiola to succeed Wenger when he eventually goes, but would they be happy with Mourinho?

William Hill are offering odds of 16/1 for Mourinho to end up at Arsenal.

Of course Mourinho may end up in another country before returning to England. Bayern Munich, Porto, Inter Milan, Juventus and PSG are all potential destinations and are 20/1 at Stan James with AC Milan at 33/1 at William Hill.

However, in all likelihood, it looks as though Mourinho will be back to brighten up the Premier League in 2013, but what is your money on?

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