Jose Mourinho Reportedly Ready to Make Immediate Bounce Back to Management

Jose Mourinho Reportedly Ready to Make Immediate Bounce Back to Management

Rene Otinga
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Jose Mourinho was sacked by Roma after a dismal first half of the 2023/23 campaign
  • The Portuguese gaffer is reportedly ready to make an immediate comeback to management
  • Reports from Saudi Arabia indicate he has verbally agreed to become Al-Shabab boss

Football fans all said the same thing after sensational reports suggested Jose Mourinho is poised to take a Saudi Arabia job.

After a dismal run in the Serie A, Mourinho was shown the door by AS Roma after two and a half years in charge of the club.

A 3-1 defeat to AC Milan on Sunday, January 14 proved to be the final nail in the coffin for the Portuguese tactician, who has now been sacked six times in his managerial career.

Jose Mourinho was sacked by AS Roma earlier this week,
Jose Mourinho has been linked with Saudi Arabia club Al-Shabab.Photo by Ivan Romano.
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Barely days since his dismissal and the 60-year-old is on the verge of bouncing back almost immediately, with Saudi Arabia club Al-Shabab reportedly interested in his services.

Mourinho has, in the past, made it known that he would be open to manage in the Middle East at some point. In October 2023, he fueled speculation over his future by revealing he received a “crazy offer in the history of football” from Saudi Arabia.

"And I turned it down. I did so because I'd given my word to my players, I'd given my word to the fans and I'd given my word to the club owner." Mourinho said, per The Mirror.

On Thursday, Saudi owned newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported that Mourinho’s potential move to become Al-Shabab boss was in the works.

According to the report, a verbal agreement has already been reached, and it is now down to the Finance Committee of the Ministry of Sports.

While nothing has been made official yet, this did not stop fans from coming up with theories on why Mourinho would choose to trade European management for the Middle East.

Here are some reactions from fans:

@Emperorpapillo:

"Man wants to make massive money,"

@iam_veeni:

"This was too fast he doesn’t even need the money."

@CFCMM10:

"Let him go and make more money."

@BwanaChelsea:

"Al-Shabab? That would be come come down for one of the greatest. IF true, can only be about the money."

Mourinho's payouts from sacking

So most fans believe Mourinho’s reported move to Saudi is motivated by money.

It is easy to see why many would conclude this, as the former Chelsea manager has made a financial killing from getting sacked.

According to Planet Football, Mourinho has made over £85million in compensation from sackings alone in a run that dates back to 2007.

Mourinho also linked to Barca job

Al-Shabab is not the only club interested in Jose Mourinho.

Sports Brief earlier reported on Mourinho’s name being in the conversation among Barcelona chiefs as a possible replacement for the under-fire Xavi.

Further reports claim agent Jorge Mendes has presented Mourinho’s name to Barcelona for consideration.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and TUKO.co.ke.
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