Jose Mourinho is officially the new Manchester United manager. The news comes as no surprise as the club had been courting the Portuguese manager for several months now. The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss will take over with immediate affect as Dutch manager Louis Van Gaal has left the club in a buy out situation.
Mourinho’s last coaching gig ended in a firing earlier this season after Chelsea’s poor form had the club flirting with relegation most of the season. Mourinho will hope that his move to Old Trafford will have more success than his short lived tenure at Chelsea after winning the league last season.
Mourinho has coached for several high profile clubs in his time including FC Porto, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Inter Milan and now Manchester United. The once highly sought after manager, spent several months unemployed after some interesting job offers came his way (Indonesia for instance) but he turned them all down in hopes that he could find his way back to the top. His wait paid off after speculation that a deal had been in place for months. United’s first choice was now Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola but the club obviously missed out on the Spanish manager.
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Mourinho has won the league at every club he has managed in his coaching career, which is one of the reasons Manchester United fans are excited for “The Special One” to take charge of the Red Devils this coming season. It looks likely that a three-year contract will be announced on Friday. Will Mourinho be able to shake off the worst year in his managerial career last season and bring Manchester United back into the Champions League?
My take on the hire is that United might have scrambled for the biggest name rather than hiring a man who would give anything for the club. Mourinho left Chelsea in disgrace with everyone questioning his abilities to manage in the modern EPL. You can say what you want about Manchester City and how they handled the Manuel Pellegrini situation, but firing Van Gaal after getting them the FA Cup and leading them to qualify for the Europa League group stages after the season they had, is impressive.
Van Gaal was not only fired only a few days after he won the FA Cup, He was seen as a villain in the eyes of the United faithful. Ryan Giggs may now leave the club after waiting in the wings to take over as manager one day. That is something that United wanted to avoid, but in order to have a “World Class” manager in their half of Manchester as well, I think United’s hierarchy botched this one.
Mourinho makes sense for the short term but he will not have long-term success at the club. Until United hire someone who bleeds for the club, the days of Sir Alex Ferguson will be something of folklore. Mourinho could come out and win the league the first year, but he did the same with Chelsea in year two and look at Chelsea now. Be careful United fans, this could be a roller coaster ride of a coaching tenure.