Manchester United is once again in the unfamiliar position of looking for a manager for the second summer in a row after sacking David Moyes with three games left in the Premier League season. Current player Ryan Giggs has assumed the managerial duties in the strange situation that football clubs deploy every so often by having a player-manager. The rumored candidates include the usual heavy hitters of world football such as Pep Guardiola of Bayern Munich, Jurgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund, Louis Van Gaal of the Netherlands national team, and for some reason, our very own Jose Mourinho. With the exception of Van Gaal, the other candidates have ruled themselves out of the running by being complimentary to Manchester United but saying they are committed to their own clubs.
Jose Mourinho was asked about making the move to Manchester United this summer:
“Of course not. I’m ruling that out completely. I left Real Madrid to come to Chelsea and I signed a four-year contract with Chelsea. I told Chelsea that they never have to worry about me because I don’t want to leave and I’ll stay for as long as the club wants me.”
Jose Mourinho was considered one of the front runners for the Manchester United job last summer and there were rumors that he was angling for it when Real Madrid made the trip to Old Trafford in the Champions League. Reports claim that United felt Mourinho was too volatile for the position so they hired “The Chosen One” David Moyes who was recommended by Alex Ferguson. Unfortunately for United and fortunately for Chelsea, Jose Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge after wandering Europe picking up silverware for a few years.
The most exciting aspect about Mourinho’s current reign is that he appears to be here for the long run. Every other coaching position, including Chelsea the first time around, was simply a stop on his journey to becoming one of the best managers in world football. This time around, with a bit more gray hair and a lot more wisdom, Mourinho is at Chelsea to build a legacy and become more of a club legend than he already is.
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