REAL MADRID moving for Jose Mourinho ‘makes absolutely no sense’.
That’s the damning verdict of ESPN pundit Shaka Hislop, who says Mourinho’s success has only come with clubs starved of success that buy into his siege mentality.
Real boss Santiago Solari is almost certain to leave the club at the end of the season after a disastrous week in the hot-seat.
The pressure was already on Solari after back-to-back defeats at home to Barcelona, but a Champions League exit at the hands of Ajax, after being thumped 4-1 on their own turf, will surely prove the final nail in his coffin.
And Mourinho is being tipped to make a stunning return to the Bernabeu, where he guided Los Blancos to La Liga glory in 2012.
“I think Jose Mourinho, as good as his CV is, his success has come with clubs where he’s been able to employ that siege mentality”
Hislop, though, isn’t buying it.
“This to me makes absolutely no sense for a number of reasons,” he told ESPN FC.
“I think Jose Mourinho, as good as his CV is, his success has come with clubs where he’s been able to employ that siege mentality.
“Whether it’s Porto or Inter or Chelsea, clubs who had been starved of that relative success before then so they can buy into what Jose Mourinho is selling.
“So it came as no real surprise that you go to a club like Real Madrid, who are historically one of the biggest clubs in European football, and that dressing room didn’t buy into what he was selling – similarly at Manchester United.
“That only gets you so far and it gets you nowhere with big clubs.
“If you’re saying that you’re bringing in Jose Mourinho to settle things down and at least make sure you qualify for the Champions League at the end of the season and then you’re gonna start thinking long and hard about who’s a long-term successor, whether Jose Mourinho’s won or not, Jose Mourinho’s not taking a job to hold out, to keep the seat warm while you make a decision in the summer.
“For me it just doesn’t make any kind of sense.”
According to Spanish outlet AS, Real have already approached Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes about bringing the Portuguese back to Madrid.
However, Mourinho is believed to be hesitant due to the fact a number of players from his toxic first spell at the club remain in the squad.
Zinedine Zidane was reportedly Real’s first choice, but the Frenchman has no interest in making a swift return following his departure back in May.
Other managers in the running include Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino.