Reports: Lack of assurance about the Manchester United job leaves Jose Mourinho camp frustrated
Mourinho has been repeatedly linked with the managerial job at Manchester United in the past few weeks
Sources have told ESPN FC that it becoming increasingly frustrating for the Jose Mourinho camp as there has been no headway regarding the Manchester United job situation. The situation is such that his representatives are now looking for other options.
Apparently the former Chelsea manager has had his heart set on the United job for a long time now and it seemed that he finally came close to taking charge of Old Trafford. United had a dismal run in December under Louis Van Gaal and speculations were being made about the Dutchman’s departure.
On the other hand, Mourinho was sacked as Chelsea boss after the defending champions found themselves hovering above the relegation zone almost halfway into the season. It was around this time that reports linking Mourinho with the United manager job started making rounds.
It is also to be learned from various sources that Mourinho’s representatives had made contact with the United hierarchy right after Mourinho’s sacking. They wanted to be kept updated about the situation at Old Trafford but they have been eventually notified that Van Gaal has the backing of United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward who is willing to offer the Dutchman time to improve situations.
Especially after United’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea on December 28th, Van Gaal’s departure was being expected, but because Ed Woodward took a decision of not showing the Dutch tactician the exit door, that did not happen. This has all but sealed the fate for Mourinho, whose chances of landing up at United have gone dim. It is also to be noted that the Portuguese has been made aware that many among the United hierarchy do not want him at United.
Reportedly, Mourinho had turned down offers from Real Madrid as he did not want to return to the Bernabeu mid-season, having left it in 2013. His desire to go to United was also behind his reluctance to go to Madrid.
Mourinho wants to get back to being a manager as soon as he can. But now his camp has accepted the fact that he won't get into Old Trafford any time soon and are looking for other options.
His representatives had apparently already made contact with clubs like Paris Saint-Germain and Internazionale in October as his position at Chelsea had started to become dubious. But the former Porto manager might just surprise everyone by not taking up the job of a manager at any elite club but choosing to land up in a smaller club.
His primary target, however, remains the Theatre of Dreams.