With just a little over a month since Roman Abramovich and Chelsea dropped the hammer on Jose Mourinho, rumors revolving around the 53-year-old’s next destination are alive and well. Plausible alternatives are few and far between for the Portuguese boss, but while he’s still on the unemployment line, we take a purely speculative look at five possible landing spots for ’The Special One.' -- Danny Michallik
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Despite his agent rebuffing claims of Mourinho’s involvement in composing a six-page letter stating his case to replace under-fire manager Louis van Gaal, the 53-year-old’s fondness for United is still well documented. It remains to be seen whether van Gaal will see out the remainder of the Premier League campaign, but hey, anything can happen. Who’s to say we won’t see a red-clad Mourinho sliding down the touchline in celebration as he did so memorably in 2004 while with Porto?
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Mourinho’s managerial career has taken him from Portugal, to England, to Italy and Spain. Now, the challenge to conquer another frontier bears some consideration: France, particularly PSG. The French champions are said to be mulling over a contract extension with Laurent Blanc, but with the money to match the elite in Europe and ambition to challenge for the Champions League, Mourinho’s pedigree would certainly fit the bill in Paris.
Of all the homecomings you could dream up for Mourinho, Inter Milan wouldn’t be a bad place to start. The Portuguese’s two-year run in Italy was arguably the most impactful of his career. He guided the club to an unprecedented Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League treble in 2010. Though few of his allies remain at the Nerazzurri, Mourinho’s outspoken admiration for the club is unwavering.
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Let’s face it: If Mourinho ever decides on a return to Madrid, it’s not likely to be to the white half. While Guus Hiddink has only agreed to take over Chelsea on an interim basis until the end of the season, it is understood that Diego Simeone expressed interest in managing in the Premier League and the Blues were interested in acquiring his services. Should Simeone leave his post after the La Liga campaign, the Atletico hierarchy may do well to consider ringing the Portuguese to fill the vacancy.
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With the European Championships fast approaching, Fernando Santos and Roy Hodgson have their work cut out for them if Portugal and England are to make their mark in France. The transition from the club to international ranks means a stark shift in responsibilities, but Mourinho has spoken of managing both sides in the past. Should either underwhelm this summer, especially Portugal, and Mourinho is still out of a job by then, the prospect of a move back to his native country could be in the cards.