Saturday 21 July 2018

Kevin Palmer: Why Man Utd fans should be concerned about the Jose Mourinho to PSG rumours

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

There is every reason to believe that Jose Mourinho WILL NOT start next season as manager of Paris Saint-Germain, but the apparent confirmation that the French champions have made an approach to recruit the former Chelsea boss has clarified one pressing issue.

While Mourinho had made little secret of his eagerness to replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager, the reports suggesting a deal is in place for the Portuguese tactician to take over at Old Trafford can now be banished to the realms of science fiction.

Mourinho and his high profile adviser Jorge Mendes have long-standing ties with PSG’s chief decision maker Nasser Al-Khelaifi, so it is safe to assume that the French club have been informed that their dream target to replace current boss Laurent Blanc would be open to a move to Paris.

It goes without saying that PSG would not be willing to have their name linked to stories suggesting they are looking to recruit Mourinho if he had already committed his future to another club, so the latest developments in the saga over whether the most celebrated coach of his generation ends up does have some significance.

United made it clear to anyone who cared to listen (even though many reporters opted to ignore the advice) that they had no interest in recruiting Pep Guardiola as he edged towards an exit at Bayern Munich, with an informed observers fully aware that he had agreed to become the next Manchester City manager as early as last October.

However, PSG have not been so evasive when asked to comment on their links with Mourinho now, which suggests they have been given some encouragement by Mendes to test the water in their bid to recruit the game's highest profile unemployed tactician.

This PR exercise likely to be also be a ploy by Mendes to try and push United into making a decision over whether they will change their manager this summer, but the reluctance of Old Trafford executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to give Mourinho the commitments he has been seeking has been a theme of this managerial saga over the last few months.

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United are playing a waiting game to see if Van Gaal can deliver a top four finish in the Premier League and maybe even the FA Cup, yet not even that kind of flourishing finish should give one of the most unpopular managers in Premier League history an extended stay in his job.

Maybe now that reports suggesting Real Madrid will join PSG in offering the Special One a high profile managerial placement in the next few weeks focusing minds at Old Trafford.

Mourinho has stated that his desire is to remain in England and that he does not want to work in what he views as an uncompetitive league, which is clearly an issue PSG will have to negotiate after their runaway success in the French league this season.

“For me, I’m not the smartest guy to choose countries and clubs,” Mourinho said in an interview last year. “I could choose another club in another country where to be champion is easier.

“I was champion at every club I coached. I came to Inter, Real Madrid and Chelsea. Every title is important, to win the title in Spain with 100 points against the best Barcelona ever was a big achievement that I enjoyed so much.

“Maybe in the future I have to be smarter and choose another club in another country where everybody is champion. Maybe I will go to a country where a kitman can be coach and win the title.”

t will only be if United or Real Madrid are not options for Mourinho that he would consider taking on the PSG challenge, with the huge financial firepower of the Qatari-backed club ensuring his wage demands and transfer kitty in the French capital club would match any club in the game.

After Mourinho was sacked in the first year of a lucrative four-year contract at Chelsea back in December, his pay-off has ensured that bolstering his already overflowing bank balance will not be a priority when he makes his next move.

If Mourinho has a choice, he will return to the game for sporting reasons and that would be at Old Trafford, yet the events of the last 24 hours confirm he will have lucrative offers thrust his way if his first choice clubs turn their noses up at him.

Over to you Manchester United.

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