Four candidates who could replace Jose Mourinho as manager

Four candidates who could replace Jose Mourinho as manager

As you all know, unless you’ve been hibernating, Jose Mourinho was sacked after 16 months in charge, just days before he was due to lead his side in the Carabao Cup Final against Manchester City, which we humiliatingly lost (and may not have done so if he had been left in charge, but we’ll never know). Mourinho’s time in charge amounted to zero trophies, countless gloomy performances, and allegedly several high profile digs at his own players. Now he has gone. Then Levy puts an inexperienced former player, Ryan Mason, temporary in charge to help us dive further down the league table. Currently, a search for a new boss is likely to happen in the coming days and weeks.

There is a bloody mess to sort out for whatever poor sod takes over.

So, who is going to put Levy’s noose around their neck?

Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers, the Leicester City boss, has experience coaching a “Big Six” side already, thanks to his time in charge of Liverpool between 2012 and 2015. He’s won league titles with Celtic. He’s helped “smaller” Premier League sides overachieve in the past, and of course, the Foxes are on course to qualify for the Champions League this season. His teams play attractive football, and he has a record of promoting young talent. What more can Daniel Levy want?

The question is, would he be stupid enough to leave Leicester for the erratic behaviour of Levy?

He signed a new deal at Leicester City in December 2019, with his contract running until 2025. Getting him out of it would be expensive, which might scare off Levy.

To be honest, I can’t see him joining us and working with a serial sacker (Levy).

Nuno Espirito Santo

The Wolves boss was a former charge of Jose Mourinho’s, having been a goalkeeper in his Champions League-winning Porto squad of 2004. He has a good record with Wolves. He has proved himself a talented Premier League manager over the past three seasons. Could Levy control him?

He’s never won silverware as a manager, which might go against him.

Scott Parker

Scott Parker is the only candidate on this list who represented us as a player.  He would be a popular choice on the terraces, but limited coaching experience may count against him. Fulham are the only club he has ever managed, and for me, that should rule him out. He is also about to take Fulham down to the Championship. What he has in his favour is that Levy might find it easier to manipulate him because of his inexperience.

Eddie Howe

The former Bournemouth boss looked a strong possibility for the Celtic job a few weeks ago, then interest suddenly dropped off. Howe has also been out of work since the Cherries were relegated from the Premier League at the end of 2019/20. Like Parker, I would also rule him out.

Out of the names I’ve mentioned, Rodgers and Nuno Espirito Santo would be better than Parker or Howe. Whoever comes in needs to stand up to Levy’s iron fist control and lack of money to buy players.

I know there have been other names in the running, but let us deal with this lot first. We don’t want to get too drenched in names… more can come later. I presume this could be a long old hall, even though I had said it could take days or weeks (you just never know with Levy).

What are your thoughts?

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All the best, Glenn