It was going to happen sooner or later, right?
With Jose Mourinho out of work and Chelsea on the lookout for a new manager as Maurizio Sarri finalises his move to Juventus (via Sky Sports), it was surely only a matter of time before the 56-year-old’s name entered the conversation.
According to The Sun, Mourinho would seriously consider taking up the reins at Stamford Bridge for a third time if the opportunity presented itself. And from his point of view, it makes perfect sense.
With the Juventus job about to be filled and nothing currently available at the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea are the only club presently who can offer their former coach Champions League football, a strongish squad and a large transfer budget.
Why would a manager of Mourinho’s pedigree turn that down? From Chelsea’s perspective, though, turning to the former Manchester United boss would surely be a step backwards.
Last time we all checked, the Blues were trying to become a more adventurous team, hence the appointment of Sarri. Bearing that in mind, names like Mourinho, Massimiliano Allegri and Nuno Espirito Santo make no sense.
Also, let us not forget that Mourinho practically sold off Chelsea’s future for one Premier League title and a measly League Cup.
Had he shown faith in the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Mohamed Salah and actually tried to develop them, who knows where both he and the Blues would be right now?
If Chelsea want pragmatism and another short-term option, then by all means they should go for Mourinho. But just like last time, there are reasons to suggest – following his sacking at Manchester United – it could end badly.
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