Jose Mourinho’s recent sacking at Manchester United and Santiago Solari’s uncertain future as Real Madrid manager have sparked a frenzy of rumors linking the Portuguese boss with a return to Madrid in the near future. While hiring Mourinho in 2010 made sense for Real Madrid given the recent fortunes of both parties, the club would be wise to steer clear of him going forward. At this point of his career, the self appointed “Special One” simply no longer has any of the redeeming qualities that made it worth putting up with his management style and behavior in the past.
While Mourinho’s style has always been a concern for bigger clubs in particular, his ability to get results often made it worth putting up with. However, after failing and getting sacked at his last three jobs, he no longer even has that going for him. Over his past nine seasons as manager of three big and heavy spending clubs in Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Manchester United, the Portuguese has won just two league titles and not even once reached a Champions League final. Furthermore, results in his third season at each club tanked dramatically, with Chelsea just above the relegation zone and United 19 points behind Liverpool at the time each club sacked Mourinho.
Mourinho also brings a number of other issues with him such as the defensive and dull style of his teams. For instance, club legend Alfredo di Stefano once described Jose’s Real Madrid as “a mouse” and “a team without personality.” The instant improvement in Manchester United’s first game since sacking Mourinho further illustrated Mourinho’s tendency to restrict his squads.
As Madrid fans well know, Mourinho’s ability to lose dressing rooms and create conflict at clubs is also second to none. Despite blaming the players in each situation, Mourinho is the one who continued having the same issues at his next club. The contrasting fortunes between Real Madrid’s players and Mourinho since their fallout also sheds some light on which side was really the problem.
Given Mourinho’s history, it’s a fairly sure bet that there would be dressing room conflicts and dull football should he return to Real Madrid. His return would also likely hurt the development of the club’s young players and their ability to attract Galactico signings such as Neymar or Mbappe. While these risks may have been justified for the Mourinho who was a serial winner from 2004 to 2010, they hardly seem worthwhile for a manager who no longer guarantees results and has spent much of the last decade specializing in failure.