Reports emerged in today’s Independent On Sunday claiming that Chelsea’s former manager Jose Mourinho has written a six-page letter to Manchester United explaining why he is the right man to take over from Louis Van Gaal, should the hierarchy at Old Trafford decide to call time on the Dutchman’s rule there.
The Portuguese manager’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has moved to declare the report as ‘totally absurd’, however.
52 year old Mourinho was sacked as Chelsea’s manager in December after over-seeing the club’s worst start to a season since the late 1960s. It was his second spell at the club and he led them to the title for the third time last season. Behind-the-scenes, though, many people felt that the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ deliberately burnt his bridges at Chelsea this in order to make himself available for the Manchester United manager’s position, a job he’s always considered to be his ‘dream’.
The Independent claim that Mourinho wrote a ‘forensic analysis’ of the situation at Old Trafford, including a deep look at the squad and the weaknesses that lay therein. They also suggest that Mourinho has out-lined the ways in which he will try to change himself, aware as he is that some members of the Manchester United hierarchy don’t think he’s a suitable candidate for the manager’s job.
Mendes has completely dismissed the reports, however, saying, “[It’s] ridiculous. It does not occur to anyone that a coach like Jose Mourinho can write letters to clubs offering their services”.