Jose Mourinho: What now after Tottenham sacking?
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Jose Mourinho has been without a job for 10 days following Tottenham’s decision to sack him last week. The Portuguese manager may struggle to find another job in the Premier League following a bitter end at Spurs, but it briefly appeared he might have found a new home on Thursday.
Mourinho has now been sacked by Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham and it seems like he may have to move to pastures new if he is to find another top job.
The 58-year-old has managed in Portugal, Spain, Italy and England, leaving France and Germany as the two European countries with top leagues that he hasn’t tried yet.
Former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino – the man he placed in North London in November 2019 – only recently took France’s top job at Paris Saint-Germain, so that country appears an unlikely destination.
At this time of year there aren’t many available roles for someone of Mourinho’s profile, with clubs often keen to hold on until the end of the season before hiring and firing.
However, much to everyone’s surprise, Mourinho seemed to have landed a fantastic post on Thursday morning.
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With Julian Nagelsmann moving onto rivals Bayern Munich at the end of the campaign, RB Leipzig were in need of a manager for the 2021/22 season.
Nagelsmann, one of Europe’s most highly-rated young coaches, is taking over from Hansi Flick at the Bavarian giants this summer, having signed a five-year deal.
Bayern have reportedly had to pay £20million to get the 33-year-old former Hoffenheim coach out of Leipzig and it appeared that the east German club might have splashed that money on Mourinho.
That is because of a tweet RB Leipzig posted on Thursday morning, which briefly caused some confusion among football fans.
In that video a hand ticks off names on a piece of paper, with Leipzig’s signings for next season Mohamed Simakan, Dominik Szoboszlai and Brian Brobbey under the sub-heading ‘New’.
Next, the hand moved over to ‘Coach’ and changed the initials ‘JN’, for Julian Nagelsmann, to ‘JM’. Now which manager has those initials?
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Underneath the tweet fans posted GIFs of Mourinho and playfully wrote “Welcome Mourinho” before their fun was spoiled 11 minutes later.
RB Leipzig’s next tweet announced the real identity of their new coach, Jesse Marsch, who will join from sister club Red Bull Salzburg on July 1 after Nagelsmann moves to Bayern.
The 47-year-old, who has also taken charge of New York Red Bulls, won the league and cup double with Salzburg last season and has signed a two-year contract with Leipzig.
“Alongside his qualities as a coach, Jesse is characterised above all by his positively ambitious style, which he uses to motivate and engage the people and around the club,” said the club’s chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff.
Not quite Mourinho’s style, but the Portuguese is sure to be back sooner rather than later. Bookies have him at 10/1 to be the next Real Madrid manager, while Newcastle (14/1) and Celtic (16/1) could also be on the cards.
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