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Report: Jose Mourinho Linked With Surprising Managerial Role

Report: Jose Mourinho Linked With Surprising Managerial Role

Jose Mourinho may not be out of a job for too long, after being linked with the managerial role at one of the most historic clubs on the continent. The Portuguese boss left Manchester United last month in acrimonious circumstances, having led them to one of the worst starts to a season in club history.

While his stock appeared at an all-time low leaving Old Trafford, there may be a position for him in his homeland. Portuguese outlet Record are reporting that Benfica are interested in Mourinho, having recently sacked boss Rui Vitoria.

Benfica are the most successful club in Portugal, having won a remarkable 36 league titles, as well two European Cups. They won four consecutive titles from 2014-17, before finishing seven points behind Porto last season.

They have suffered a poor start to the current campaign, sitting in fourth place in the league (seven points off top place) and exiting the Champions League at the group stage. Vitoria paid for the disappointing period with his job, and Mourinho is under consideration for the role.

Despite becoming well-known for his exploits with Benfica's great rivals Porto, Mourinho actually started his managerial career with the Lisbon club. He only lasted three months however, due to a falling out with the board at the club (sound familiar?).

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Record claim that the finances behind any Mourinho contract may be difficult for the club to come up with, but a short-term deal until the end of the season may suit all parties.

It would be somewhat of a surprising move for the former Chelsea boss for a number of reasons. He won the Champions League with Porto in 2004, and a move to their biggest rivals would not likely be viewed fondly by those at his former club.

A step-down to a nation that would be considered to be well below the top leagues Europe would also be something very unlike Mourinho, who is known to give great consideration to a club's financial capabilities before agreeing to take a manager's role.

A position at one of Europe's current top clubs is unlikely to be forthcoming, however, and Benfica may offer the chance for the Portuguese boss to rebuild his reputation in a less challenging environment.

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Gary Connaughton

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