Manchester: Jose Mourinho was on the verge of fulfilling his dream of managing Manchester United yesterday after Louis van Gaal’s troubled two-year reign came to a bitter end. The path was clear for the former Chelsea manager to be confirmed as the new Utd boss after Van Gaal was sacked on Monday — the price of failing to club into the Champions League.
Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes was reported by British media to be in negotiations to tie up a deal. It sets the stage for one of the sport’s most intriguing characters to at last manage the Red Devils after a glittering career that so far features 21 major trophies, including three English Premier League crowns and two Champions League titles.
Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in December after a miserable campaign marred by rifts with the club’s star players that eventually became intolerable to owner Roman Abramovich as the team, champions just months earlier, languished near the relegation zone.
Now the colourful and controversial 53-year-old will hope to restore his reputation by bringing back the sparkle to Utd.
A casually-dressed Mourinho declined to answer reporters as he left his London home and got into a car yesterday.
Announcement this week
The BBC said his appointment was expected to be completed within the week. Meanwhile, Van Gaal said he was “very disappointed” to be sacked just 48 hours after leading Utd to the FA Cup title on Saturday. The Dutchman cleared out his office at Utd’s Carrington training ground on Monday after talks over a settlement for the final year of his three-year contract worth £6.4 million per year.