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Jose Mourinho Next Team Odds: Saudi move mooted after Roma exit

We take a look at what could be next for Jose Mourinho after the Portuguese was sacked as Roma manager with the Italian side currently sat ninth in Serie A.

Mourinho steered Roma to their first major trophy in 11 years in his first season at the club with success in the Europa Conference League, before leading his charges to the Europa League final the following year before succumbing to Sevilla in the final in Budapest.

The Italians haven't been able to reach the same heights in Serie A under his stewardship, however, with the club's hierarchy calling time on his tenure following just one win in five matches in the league.

bet365’s Steve Freeth said: “Jose is back on the managerial merry-go-round and at this early stage we think he has the type of profile that might suit the Saudi Pro League, while Eddie Howe might also be looking after his shoulder at Newcastle after enduring a sustained period of poor results.

“Mourinho has also been linked with the England national job for as long as I can remember and there is already plenty of chat about Gareth Southgate’s future post Euro 2024."

One of the biggest names in world football, having amassed an impressive 26 trophies as a manager - including two Champions Leagues - significant public interest tends to follow the charismatic tactician wherever he goes.

We take a look at what could be next for Mourinho in his long and esteemed career in the dugout...

Jose Mourinho Next Club Odds:

  • Any Saudi Arabian team - 7/4
  • Newcastle - 5/2
  • England - 6/1
  • FC Porto - 8/1
  • Any MLS team - 10/1
  • Portugal - 12/1

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Saudi Pro League

Mourinho has revealed he turned down lucrative offers to manage in the Saudi Pro League last summer, with Al Hilal and Al-Ahli linked with his services, and it would come as little surprise should the Portuguese command further interest from clubs in Saudi Arabia now he is out of work.

The ex-Chelsea and Real Madrid boss may now be tempted to make a stab of things in the Saudi Pro League, but having already rejected their advances and likely to remain coveted at the highest level of European football, it seems unlikely that Mourinho will make this decision at this point in his career.

Newcastle United

Eddie Howe is currently a manager under pressure with Newcastle winning one of their last seven matches in the Premier League, and the Magpies a club which Mourinho has a connection with given his ties with Sir Bobby Robson.

The Portuguese worked closely with the ex-Newcastle manager during his time in charge of Sporting and Porto in the mid-1990s, operating as his translator, and Mourinho may relish the opportunity to follow in his old mentor's footsteps by taking the helm at St James' Park.

Newcastle's Saudi ownership are certainly not lacking in ambition, and a move to offer Mourinho a return to the Premier League may be of interest if Howe fails to stabilise the the club's form in the near future.

International football

Mourinho is also on record stating he turned down the opportunity to manage his country Portugal following the dismissal of Fernando Santos in late 2022, but the 60-year-old has previously confirmed his interest in entering the international scene at some stage.

The Portugal job is always likely to be of interest to Mourinho, but with current manager Roberto Martinez having only taken over in January 2023 and yet to oversee a major tournament, the possibility of this role becoming available in the near future seems unlikely.

One international job which may become vacant soon is the England gig, with Gareth Southgate under pressure to deliver at this summer's Euros, and given Mourinho's affinity with English football this could potentially be a match made in heaven.

FC Porto

The most romantic option of all for Mourinho would be a return to Porto, with whom Mourinho won the Champions League in 2004.

With Porto having finished second in Primeira Liga last year and struggling in third behind Sporting and Benfica this term, who better to turn to in order to revive their fortunes than the legendary Mourinho?


After 24 years in management at 10 different clubs across Europe, Mourinho way wish for a completely different challenge in the form of the MLS. 

As a box-office manager renowned for his charisma and personality, Mourinho would possibly relish a chance to continue his football journey in the United States.


Another Premier League manager under the microscope at the moment is Chelsea's Mauricio Pochettino, with the Argentine having struggled in his first season at Stamford Bridge with the Blues currently languishing in ninth in the table.

A club legend at Chelsea, having won seven major trophies across two separate spells in charge. the Londoners could be tempted to make a fresh move for Mourinho if Pochettino is unable to drive the team up the table in the second half of the season.

Having invested over £1billion in transfers since taking over the club in May 2022, American owner Todd Boehly will be desperate to start seeing results on the pitch soon, and Mourinho is certainly a manager with a track record of winning.

Manchester United

Although unlikely considering his disappointing previous tenure at Old Trafford between 2016 and 2018, Manchester United is another possible future destination for Mourinho considering Erik ten Hag's ongoing struggles at the club.

With INEOS CEO Sir Jim Ratcliffe set to oversee the football operations at Man Utd following his investment in the club, Ten Hag's performance as manager will be under intense scrutiny.

With vast knowledge of the English game and experience of delivering trophies, Ratcliffe may view Mourinho as an ideal replacement should he lose patience with Ten Hag.


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