No Sabbatical For Mourinho

Former Blues manager Jose Mourinho has no plans to take a break in the wake of Chelsea Football Club’s decision to sack the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ last week, it has been revealed.

The 52 year old was relieved of his position at the defending Premier League champions after over-seeing the worst defence of a title in the history of the top flight. Chelsea endured 9 defeats in 16 league games whilst also getting knocked out of the League Cup at the hands of Stoke City. leading Roman Abramovich and the club’s board to take the drastic decision to sack him.

The Portuguese manager’s agency released a statement saying, “He will not be taking a sabbatical, he isn’t tired, he doesn’t need it. He is very positive and is already looking forward. Jose Mourinho is pleased that he returned to Chelsea because he was able to give the fans another Premier League title, which they had not won for many years. He is immensely proud of his eight trophies at Chelsea, and thanks the fans for all their support throughout his two spells at the club. During his career, Jose has sometimes chosen to leave a club, but only at Chelsea has the club decided that he should leave”.

Whilst the former Netherlands manager Guus Hiddink has been appointed to succeed Mourinho on an interim basis – much as he was in the 2008-2009 season when Luis Felipe Scolari was sacked – it is believed that some of the biggest club’s in the game are considering offering the former Chelsea boss an immediate return to management.

With Manchester United struggling to find any sort of form under Louis Van Gaal and Bayern Munich aware that Pep Guardiola has chosen to leave the club at the end of the season, both are seen as viable opportunities for Mourinho to consider in the near future. Some commentators even feel that the Portuguese deliberately burned his bridges at Stamford Bridge in order to be able to head to Old Trafford in the summer, if not before.

Mourinho’s management company suggested that he’ll be doing his utmost to avoid any speculation about his future, however, by not attending any big games in the Premier League. He made his first public appearance since his sacking when he watched Brighton play Middlesborough on Saturday, and the statement from his management team said, “He will not be attending any high-profile games because he wants to discourage any speculation about his future. Jose will remain living in London and hopes he and his family will be given the opportunity to do this privately”.