It’s a question that has been asked a lot more often than many would have expected when Jose Mourinho won the Premier League on his return to Chelsea in 2015.
Since that Premier League win, Mourinho has been sacked by two different Premier League clubs and is under fire from fans of a third after less than a year in charge.
He was relieved of his duties at Chelsea the next season, with the club facing a relegation battle at Christmas time before he took the reigns at Manchester United. He won the Europa League and League Cup there before the famed third season curse kicked in and he was told to pack his bags.
Tottenham this season decided to part ways with Mauricio Pochettino to bring in the legendary Portuguese manager and many believe they’re already regretting it.
Since coming to the club, Spurs have won just 13 of 30 games and fans have already become angered by the style of football implemented. Following the 3-1 defeat at Bramall Lane to Sheffield United and the 1-0 win over Everton, some people have claimed that he may be finished at the top level of club football.
In a decade riddled with trophies, it’s hard to say it outright. Mourinho has a proven track record of winning records and whether you agree with his methods or not, winning is the most important thing at the top level. The decade started with a treble at Inter Milan, followed by a Spanish Cup in his first season at Real Madrid and a La Liga trophy in his second season at Madrid. He went the next two seasons, one at Madrid and one at Chelsea, trophyless before winning the Premier League again with Chelsea.
At Spurs, things seem different though. He’s already started chipping away at the team spirit in the dressing room, publicly calling out club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele for his poor performances and already facing lots of criticism for his role in the poor performances of Harry Kane.
He went to war with fans over young striker Troy Parrott when injuries meant the 17 year-old was the only fit option at the club for the striker role, claiming they wouldn’t even know what he looked like if he walked past them in the street.
These things are normal for a Mourinho tenure at your football club, however they are happening much quicker and with less success preceding them this time. It was believed the squad was at a point that was perfect for Mourinho, with the core of the squad all in their prime years physically and ready to make the crossover from nearly-men to winners.
With Covid-19 still hanging over the world, Tottenham have made it abundantly clear that they won’t be spending money this summer to strengthen the squad which means Jose is unlikely to be able to get anything more from this squad than he has been doing since joining in November. He can’t really use it as an excuse either, considering he named Spurs as one of the teams he could see as a potential league winner at the start of the current campaign when he was a pundit on Sky Sports.
I think Mourinho’s future may be at international level. With Euro 2020 postponed for a year until next summer, it means he will have the next season to try and work his magic at Tottenham. If it doesn’t work out though, there will likely be plenty of international jobs going once the tournament comes to an end and he may be able to step in to a new chapter of his managerial career.