May 1st, 2013
04:00 PM ET

Point of View: Which manager should move jobs?

Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger and Carlo Ancelotti could all be on the move. (Getty Images).
Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger and Carlo Ancelotti could all be on the move. (Getty Images).

No sooner had the final whistle blown on the semifinal victory by Borussia Dortmund over Real Madrid, than speculation swiftly turned to whether this was also the final whistle on Jose Mourinho’s career at the helm of the Spanish giants.

Never one to miss a trick in tantalising the press, the self-dubbed "Special One" shaped the narrative of the media response to the defeat by suggesting in post-match interviews that he “might not be” in charge of Los Meringues next season.

“England,” he stated, “is where I know … I am loved. I know I am loved by some clubs, especially one.”

It doesn’t take a genius to work out that Mourinho is hinting at a return to former club Chelsea, the London side he steered to two English Premier League titles.

Madrid has notoriously high standards of success and it is plausible to think that failing to secure “La Decima” has done for one of the most decorated coaches in modern times.

The rumour, if proved true, could be a catalyst for an almost annual merry-go-round of managerial moves that puts new leaders in charge of Europe’s biggest teams. If you believe some of the most reputable newspapers across the continent this could pan out in the following butterly effect scenario:

1. The Times and Bild both reported that despite Mourinho’s agent having talks with PSG, the Portuguese is destined for a return to Chelsea come the end of the season – a move that would rekindle his love affair with English football

2. This would leave a vacancy at the helm of Real, a job that La Parisien – via sources within the board of PSG – claimed would be taken by Carlo Ancelotti after an agreement was made by the two clubs earlier this year and with the Italian on the way out

3. Such a scenario would fit with reports by the Daily Telegraph this week of boasts by senior figures within PSG of prising Arsene Wenger away from Arsenal to fill the gap Ancelotti might leave

4. And if recent CNN FC pundit and football writer Patrick Barclay is to be believed – writing for the London Evening Standard – any opening at Arsenal should be filled without delay by Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp given the German’s “stature and elegance”

5. Arsenal might not be the only vacancy to fill in England, with rife reports that Roberto Mancini will be unceremoniously dumped by Manchester City after failing to defend the title. Malaga’s Manuel Pellegrini could find his way to the Sky Blues according to the Daily Mirror and The Guardian

This is just one scenario of course, built on nothing more than journalist tittle-tattle and theories cobbled together from crumbs of truth; however, the potential domino effect across Europe could be remarkable.

In the modern day Champions League, a small elite group of multi-lingual managers have emerged – able to coach high-profile clubs in different nations – and the big moves of the close season will undoubtedly involve them.

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Eric Onacea

    Mourinho's time is over at Real. He didn't manage to win but 1 title and 1 Copa del Rey in Spain in 3 years and no international title, equal total failure for a Club as Real Madrid. It's not only his fault because Barcelona is just gorgeous ( I do believe in a comeback against Bayern!)

    Also Arsene Wenger will coach PSG beginning next summer, which is a great coach, which could get a balance at PSG between the expensive great players in the squad and the new talents I'm sure he will discover also at PSG.

    I guess Ancelotti will go to Real but I don't see a bright future for him there, because for me he's not a great coach.

    As for Jürgen Klopp, he is a GREAT MANAGER!! He will and should stay at Borussia for some more years and then take over a Club like Real Madrid or replace Sir Alex at ManU. But he has proven that he can also be a real Champion with a underdog as Borussia (which by the way has great players like Götze, Reus and Lewandowski)

    May 1, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  2. viablogger

    Reblogged this on viablogger.

    May 1, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  3. Khadijah

    The only person who should move is Mourinho cause if he comes back to Chelsea i think we,fans, would love it because i've been waiting for him for a long time

    also that Arsene is good and i bet he is the only one who understands Arsenal much better than any other manager so he should stick to his club this goes for the other two managers as well........

    May 2, 2013 at 9:09 am | Reply
  4. Imran Fariz

    Managerial merry go round will happen this summer.Klopp to Arsenal,Wenger to PSG,Ancelotti to Real,Jose to Chelsea,Mancini future unknown.Busy transfer window ahead for managers.

    May 2, 2013 at 9:59 am | Reply

    How many goals did hagreves score for manchester united

    May 2, 2013 at 11:14 am | Reply
  6. John

    Sir Alex the best,. Barcelona years are over

    May 3, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Reply
  7. tacticmaster


    May 6, 2013 at 8:11 am | Reply
  8. Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger and Carlo Ancelotti are squad builders. Big names ! The coming two decades are theirs. All the best.

    May 10, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Reply
  9. EPL FaninTexas

    Wenger = Phony. Inherits great sides and trashes them. When the talent departs, he gets exposed as the phony he is.

    June 12, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  10. EPL FaninTexas

    Personal to Eric Onacea: How'd that Klopp at Man U work out?!

    June 12, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Reply
  11. EPL FaninTexas

    Personal to Eric Onacea: How'd that Barca comeback vs Bayern work out?! Oh, that's right, it didn't!

    June 12, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Reply
  12. EPL FaninTexas

    If the tax evasion story on Messi is true, Barca might be finished. Because without him, who's the finisher?!

    June 12, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Reply

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