Jose Mourinho has "gentleman's agreement" to become next Manchester United boss
Jose Mourinho has already agreed to become the next Manchester United boss at the end of the season, Manchester Evening News report. Executive vice-president Ed Woodward reportedly has the final say on whether or not Louis van Gaal gets the sack and he's letting this season be by allowing the Dutchman continue as manager till June 30th.
Mourinho's agent, Jorge Mendes, wants the Portuguese to take over Old Trafford this season but Woodward is adamant that Louis van Gaal be shown the respect for his service to the game so far.
Manchester United managerial legend Sir Alex Ferguson – who appointed compatriot David Moyes as his successor – wants Ryan Giggs to take over the managerial hot seat from next season. But his role – as confirmed by fellow board member, David Gill – is more of an ambassadorial one and as such has little deciding power regarding who takes over.
Woodward reportedly contacted Mourinho's agent, Jorge Mendes, before Manchester United's humiliating defeat to FC Midtjylland in the Europa League asking whether his client was still on-board with taking over the Theatre of Dreams at the end of the season.
Mourinho had travelled to Italy to meet members of Inter Milan's hierarchy but has insisted that he was never there for the job and acknowledges the project that Roberto Mancini has going at the Milanese club.
"There is one thing I want to clarify – I will not be directing things over there next season. Inter already have a project that belongs to Roberto Mancini and (president) Erick Thohir," Mourinho said.
"Their ideas have my full support and I hope their plans are successful. I want to see Inter fans smiling again and so I hope to witness a victory tomorrow.
"My next club? I really do not know, but one thing is certain - I love football and I will return with the same passion and ambition I've always had.
"Right now I have respect for every coach at every club.
"I'm not looking for a club, but there are clubs that are looking for me."
Inter Milan director Bedy Moratti however, confirmed that the Portuguese was not taking over the Italian club because he had already decided to move to take over Louis van Gaal's seat at the helm of Manchester United.
“Of course, he’s always fantastic and we missed him as a person here. He’s happy now, he’s going to Manchester."