It's been about two weeks since Jose Mourinho was fired as Tottenham manager in the same weekend that the proposed European Super League sent shockwaves through the footballing world. After a lackluster campaign in the Premier League and crashing out of the Europa League in dramatic fashion at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb, Daniel Levy and Tottenham’s board felt it was the right time to send Mourinho on his way, even though it was less than a week ahead of the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley.
In a recent interview with The Times, Mourinho spoke about what his plans are for life after Tottenham. He’s won nearly everything there is to win as a manager, but he his last two appointments at Tottenham and Manchester United ended by virtue of getting the axe. He’s won silverware in England, Spain, Italy, and Portugal, but he’s yet to have any conquests in the Bundesliga or Ligue 1 in France.
It wasn’t long ago that Mourinho’s name was linked with the Bayern job after Niko Kovac was fired in the fall of 2019. He was also a name touted before Kovac was even hired after Jupp Heyncke’s rescue season at Bayern, taking over for Carlo Ancelotti. Of course, Mourinho wound up taking charge of Tottenham just weeks after Kovac was sacked by Bayern, but his time in North London was hardly covered in glory.
When he was specifically asked about coaching outside of the leagues he’s already done so in, the so-called "special one” took a shot at the Bundesliga and Ligue 1. Critics of both leagues will argue that they’re lopsided due to the amount of consecutive titles won by Bayern Munich and PSG, but there’s obviously so much more that goes into it.
When he was asked about both leagues, Moruniho said, “in Germany and France, if you go to club A (Bayern) or club B (PSG), you know your destiny is written immediately. In England it is competition at the highest level. That attracted me. I refuse to go to a country where the pressure doesn’t exist.”
His comments certainly won’t go down well with fans of the Bundesliga and/or Ligue 1, but it’s hard to argue that pressure doesn’t exist when you’re manager of FC Bayern or PSG. After all, both clubs have recently disposed of managers after they’d won domestic silverware, but failed to go the distance in European competition.