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Jose Mourinho: Five possible destinations for his next job

Jose Mourinho's contract at Roma comes to an end in the summer of 2024 and with reports claiming he won't sign an extension, we take a look at where he could end up next.

Mourinho is one of the most distinguished manager's in football history and, while his career in the dugout has not been without controversy, his list of honours is hard to ignore.

During his time in charge of Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester United and current club Roma, he has collected no less than 26 pieces of silverware - including two Champions League victories.

With reports now suggesting he will not stay on as Roma boss when his contract expires next summer, we have taken a look at five possible destinations for the Portuguese tactician for the 2024/25 campaign.

Real Madrid

A sensational story doing the rounds is the potential of Mourinho returning to Real Madrid for a second stint, having been in charge from 2010-2013 and winning one La Liga crown, a Copa del Rey and the Supercopa de Espana.

Carlo Ancelotti will leave his role at the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the 2023/24 campaign to take charge of the Brazil national side, thus opening the door for the 'Special One' to make his return.

Whether Los Blancos are seriously looking at Mourinho remains to be seen, but they do like appointing high-profile managers and they are not afraid to give a previous boss a second chance.

A total of 13 managers - Jacinto Quincoces, Baltasar Albeniz, Luis Carniglia, Miguel Munoz, Luis Molowny, Alfredo Di Stefano, Leo Beenhakker, Vincente del Bosque, John Toshack, Jose Antonio Camacho, Fabio Capello, Zinedine Zidane and Ancelotti - have all coached Real on more than one occasion.


It's claimed Mourinho has already turned down the chance to take over a side in the Saudi Pro League, but reports are now suggesting he will be offered a staggering 50million euros per season to head to Al-Hilal.

Jorge Jesus is the current manager of Al-Hilal, who are top of the Pro League standings this season, but the club are said to be keen on acquiring the services of Mourinho.

However, the current Roma boss reportedly prefers to stay in Europe if an offer from a top club comes in.

Newcastle United

Another club who could decide to switch out their manager next summer are Newcastle United, who are close to Mourinho's heart given his ties with former Magpies boss Sir Bobby Robson.

Taking over the mega-rich club could be of interest to the ex-Manchester United chief, although any change in the dugout would be deemed harsh right now given the work Eddie Howe has done since coming in.

Napoli or Juventus

It is possible Mourinho may decide to stay in Italy and there are a couple of clubs who may be interested in bringing him in, such as Napoli and Juventus.

Rudi Garcia has struggled to get champions Napoli firing on all cylinders this season after his appointment in the summer and if he fails to enjoy a successful campaign, he could be out of the door come the summer.

Juventus are also a possible destination for Mourinho. The Old Lady have stuck by Massimiliano Allegri since his return in 2021, but failure to deliver the Serie A title this term could spell the end of his reign.

International scene

This is the most unlikely scenario of them all, given the fact Mourinho turned down the chance to manage Portugal following the dismissal of Fernando Santos after the 2022 World Cup, but he could always have a change of heart.

It was always believed that the Portuguese would dip into the international pool at some stage of his career, but the decision to reject coaching his home country is quite glaring.

Despite this, Mourinho has always made some bold calls in his career and if the opportunity rose to manage, say, England, then that could be hard to refuse.

Gareth Southgate continues to get the backing of the FA after some positive major tournaments, although if Euro 2024 glory is not achieved, or at least the semi-final made, a change in direction may be on the cards.

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