It’s a well known fact that you believe what you read in the media at your peril especially when a report appears in a newspaper notorious for its lack of credibility as the Daily Mail. It does make you wonder however whether there’s a fire burning whenever smoke appears which prompts the question – What will you do if you were one of the world’s most successful football managers and were offered a £10million a year deal to take charge of a club with unlimited amounts of money to sign anyone you want? Will you grab the opportunity with both hands? Who could possibly be crazy enough to reject such a chance? Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho that’s who and you have to ask yourself why!
The Mail reports that Manchester City is desperate to the tune of £10million a year to replace Signor Mancini with Senhor Mourinho at Eastlands in summer. It’s hardly surprising following a year where City has to date made no progress despite splashing out the Sheik’s millions. City is sitting on 53 points after 30 matches, precisely the same as they were after the same number of games last season.
So what has this got to do with Manchester United you may ask? Simple. Mourinho has been told that his dream job of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford will have to wait for at least another year but is wanted by United’s ‘noisy neighbours’.
The man who turned Chelsea into Premier League champions will be offered a £10million a year deal to take charge at Eastlands and will have to choose between staying at Real Madrid while waiting for Ferguson to retire or joining City and going head to head with his old friend and rival.
One City insider claims that Mancini is on borrowed time following the club’s Europa League exit on Thursday night and Mourinho is the club’s No1 target to replace the Italian. We all know that £10m a year is not only able to talk, it shouts from the rooftops! It begs the question as to why ‘Mou’ is understood not to be interested and is prepared to take his chances of waiting for the Old Trafford job instead. Is the Eastlands job such a hopeless cause that even an annual fortune is not deemed to be worth the problems it brings with it?
Ferguson has given plenty of indications that despite his age, retirement is the furthest thing from his mind. You can rest assured however that when the time finally arrives it will be completely out of the blue, only Sir Alex, his family and close friends will have any inkling of it. The former Chelsea manager and Ferguson are reported to have forged a good friendship in the last few years which makes you wonder if Mourinho is being kept in the loop. After all, knocking back an offer of £10m a year takes some doing even if it is at a club that has won nothing for 35 years.
It has to be said that I personally don’t see Mourinho as a realistic long term United manager but then I’m only a humble amateur blogger. If truth be told I’ll be more comfortable with tried and tested Premier League managers like David Moyes and Steve Bruce but who am I to question Ferguson’s judgement? Whoever Sir Alex decides to anoint as his successor whenever the time arrives will be fine by me.
Is Mourinho wasting his time waiting for the United job?