Jose Mourinho may leave Real Madrid at the end of the season. Then again he may not, but the press reckon he will so that seems enough to start some speculation about which English team he’ll be managing next season.
To be fair, it isn’t groundless speculation. It looks like Barcelona are going to retain their Spanish crown and the top men at Los Blancos have a notoriously itchy collective trigger finger. If Mourinho can’t topple the Catalan giansts domestically and fails to deliver the Champions League title they so desperately crave it isn’t unthinkable that he’ll get the bullet. Then again, Jose himself is hardly renowned for sticking around – his relationship with Real Madrid has never looked like one that would last more than a couple of seasons anyway, so a premature end would hardly be a shock.
Naturally, in all the speculation about where Jose might go next should he vacate the Madrid hot-seat, City’s name has crept up more than once. The issue here should not be whether or not we would welcome Mourinho at all. He is a proven winner, he hasn’t lost a home league game at home for nine years and he’s a trophy magnet. So, in principal, I’d love him at City. I’m very much a fan.
The issue though should be this – what need is there to dispense of the services of Roberto Mancini? We’ve just made it to the semi-final of The FA Cup for the first time since 1981 and we’re still looking good for fourth place.
Let’s imagine City finish fourth and win The FA Cup, then Mourinho gets the axe and declares an interest in managing City. What should the decision makers at Eastlands do? Do they keep Mancini, who would’ve met the minumum league target and ended our trophyless era, or should they be more ruthless and make a move for “The Special One”? As the cliche goes, there is no room for sentiment in football.
I don’t have an answer here. My heart very much tells me that you “stick” with Mancini, but I am aware that a lot of City fans would disagree. I don’t think The Blues have ever fully taken the Italian to their hearts.
Normally I would argue that short-termism hasn’t done us any good for us for the last three decades, why not finally aim for some stability. Here’s the thing though – never before has the “twist” option been to tempt the worlds’ greatest manager to the club.
Like I say, I don’t have an answer. I’m just rambling, almost aimlessly, truth be told. I don’t know what I think, but as a supporter it is a point worth considering as it is not difficult to imagine it is a point being considered by City’s top brass.