Tottenham Hotspur sacked manager Jose Mourinho yesterday after a string of poor results, just six days before the Carabao Cup final at Wembley against Manchester City.
After just 17 months in the job, the Portuguese gaffer parts ways with the north London club making them the first side since he took charge of Porto in 2002 that he leaves without having lifted silverware first.
Former midfielder Ryan Mason will take charge of the team for the rest of the season while the club begin their search for a new manager for next season.
A decision was taken by the club after it emerged that he had lost almost the entire dressing room following the 2-2 draw with Everton.
So what happens now for the man who is still widely considered as one of the best of all-time. He has finished above sixth just once in the Premier League since the 2015/16 season and has won just two trophies – the Europa League and the EFL Cup with Manchester United.
The top clubs will all now be surely wary of bringing him in, knowing that his style is seemingly outdated at the highest level and is no longer a guarantee of trophies that it once was. Despite the fact that some top sides will be looking for new managers this summer, it seems highly unlikely that he will be in the running for any of those roles.
It may be time now, at 58-years-old that Mourinho makes the move into international management. With Euro 2020 set to take place this summer, countries are almost certain to part way with their bosses and that could lead to opportunities.
Mourinho is clearly still good in the cups, getting Spurs to their first domestic cup final since 2008. He has a way of navigating cup games well and international football is all about that, so it would suit well.
Portugal have had Fernando Santos in charge for the best part of seven years now and he has led them to their first international titles with success at Euro 2016 and then the 2019 UEFA Nations League. But there is always a time for change.
If Portugal struggle at Euro 2020, with the World Cup just a year later, they could look to make a chance and bring in a manager with the reputation and stature of Jose Mourinho.
Germany are parting ways with Joachim Löw while Didier Deschamps could look to return to club management after leading France to a Euros final in 2016 then winning the World Cup in 2018.
Big clubs are unlikely to make a move for him any time soon after his most recent performances and his ego is still likely to be far too inflated for him to be willing to take a step down in management to take over at a lesser side.
He’s now in career limbo but it’s through his own fault. He has failed to adapt to modern football and modern players, instead relying on his old school defensive tactics and man management styles. He previously said he had done those things and that was part of the reason he got the Spurs job in the first place, so good luck to anyone listening to his jibberish now.
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