Where next for Jose? Here are the options for the Special One

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Jose Mourinho surely won't be out of work for long
Jose Mourinho surely won't be out of work for long

Jose Mourinho is unlikely to be short of job offers across the continent following his departure from Chelsea on Thursday afternoon.

The 52-year-old has won the Champions League with two different clubs and league titles in each of the four countries he has worked in, making him a prime candidate for Europe's top club jobs.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at where his next move could be.


Ambitious Paris St Germain look on course for their fourth successive domestic title in France, where Laurent Blanc has guided his men to a 17-point advantage at the top of Ligue 1. However, success in the Champions League has so far proved beyond them. Mourinho could be the missing piece in the puzzle and he may be enticed by the Parisians' spending power.


Mourinho's penchant for English football is well known and he has been linked with the post at Old Trafford before both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal took the reins. United are desperate to return to their perch atop of the English game and Mourinho has a proven track record of success; it could be a perfect marriage if a Van Gaal divorce is pushed through.


This European powerhouse could soon have a managerial vacancy if Pep Guardiola elects to venture to England after this season. Like PSG, Bayern have a stronghold on their domestic title in Germany and are another club who have aspirations of winning the Champions League in a country where the much-travelled Mourinho is yet to manage.


The Portuguese's bridges might have previously been burned in the Spanish capital, but he was at the helm when they secured their last La Liga title in 2012. Madrid are famed for dispensing of coaches and, if they lag behind Barcelona for another campaign, it would not be a huge shock to see them turn to Mourinho once more to try and wrestle back control.


One place where Mourinho is still held in high regard is at Inter. There was an outpouring of emotion from fans and players alike when he departed after winning the treble in 2010. Maybe a return to Chelsea has put him off going back to another club where he enjoyed great success, or perhaps the lure of an adoring fanbase could drag him in. Roberto Mancini has things under control at the minute, though.

Would Mourinho explore relatively new frontiers in the world of football? The salaries on offer and the chance to rebuild may be appealing, but it may be too soon for him to accept such an offer.


When Gary Neville was appointed head coach on a short-term deal, reports suggested Mourinho could move to the Mestalla as permanent boss at the end of the season. He dismissed the speculation due to his friendship with Valencia owner Peter Lim, but that was when he was under contract with Chelsea.


In February, albeit happier times, Mourinho reiterated his desire to stay at Chelsea for as long as Roman Abramovich wished. Mourinho added: "If one day he tells me 'Jose it's enough' I will go to my house in London and I wait for another English club. In this moment when I leave I have another 19 clubs in the Premier League and 22 (sic) clubs in the Championship." There is a vacancy at Fulham for Mourinho, who was blocked from working in England for two years as part of his severance deal in September 2007 and had to decline an approach from Tottenham.