As Jose Mourinho leaves Manchester United, the question is being asked – where does ‘The Special One’ go from here?
After stints with Chelsea and Manchester United, it is unlikely that another Premier League team is going to come calling anytime soon, so where could we see Mourinho manage next?
We’ve taken a look at the different options that could be available to the Portuguese manager:
A return to Inter Milan
Inter Milan was arguably Mourinho’s most successful stint as a manager.
After leaving Chelsea, Mourinho took Inter to heights that they have never quite managed to return to.
With an experienced squad, Mourinho managed to guide them to victory in the Champions League.
Pressure has been mounting on Luciano Spalletti recently and a return to the San Siro, where he is very much still adored, could be tempting.
A second chance at Real Madrid
His time with Real Madrid was a defining moment in his managerial career.
It was there where many believe that things began to turn sour for Mourinho.
He was challenged by fans, those behind the scenes and the players and for the first time in his career, the club was bigger than Mourinho.
Like United, Real could be searching for a new manager at the end of the season and a return to Spain is already being mooted.
Mourinho has often distanced himself from a job in the Ligue 1, citing the lack of competition in the league.
There was a time where a move to Paris Saint-Germain looked a certainty, but that ship appears to have sailed.
If things do not quite go to plan with Thomas Tuchel, the French giants may come calling for Mourinho in their search for European glory.
Portuguese national tean
Taking over a national team is something that has always been on Mourinho’s mind. He has spoken very openly about the possibility of taking over either England or Portugal later in his career.
With his stock in club management dropping, now could be the time to venture into the international game.
Across the pond to the MLS
After his failings at Manchester United, Mourinho could be inclined to take one last pay cheque during the latter stages of his managerial career.
The MLS has proved lucrative for many players in the past, but managers are yet to venture across the pond.
Mourinho may want to keep an eye on David Beckham’s Inter Miami, they could be in the need of a manager pretty soon.
A move back to Porto
A return to Portugal could perhaps be the most romantic option for Mourinho, but with Porto currently leading the way in the Primeira Liga, he may have to wait for his chance.
While Sergio Conceicao impresses, the possibility of luring Mourinho back to Porto could be too good for the club to turn down.
Niko Kovac remains under pressure at Bayern Munich after a poor start to the season and there are concerns that he may not see out the season.
Whether or not Mourinho would be a popular appointment in Germany remains to be seen.
The opportunity to try and outperform the feats of Pep Guardiola in Germany could be a factor for the former United boss.
If Mourinho is searching for one last payday and the MLS is not for him, he is unlikely to short of offers from the Chinese Super League.
Huge sums of money have been spent on players to try and grow the brand of Chinese football and Mourinho would certainly raise the profile.
Mourinho will be wary that a move to China would cast serious doubts over any potential future moves to a top European club from there on in.
Mourinho may well decide that enough is enough. Many believe that his management style has been left behind by the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.
While it is unlikely, Mourinho could call time on what has been an illustrious career. Although, he may not want to go out in such a fashion after his United dismissal.