Jose Mourinho has spent the Christmas negotiating an extension to his Manchester United contract, proving the knee-jerk reactions from some sections of the media to be absolute nonsense.
Talk of Mourinho’s infamous ‘third season syndrome’ – the year which things generally have historically unravelled for the manager in previous jobs – has been heavy on the lips of those paid to write about football, with plenty suggesting the end of the manager’s time at Old Trafford was inevitable.
Mourinho spoke recently about being backed by the board in the transfer market and some took that as a dig at the board, whilst others construed it as an excuse for supposed ‘failure’. Some reports in the midweek mentioned Mourinho’s continued residence in a Manchester city centre hotel while his wife remains in their house in London and suggested that this too was a sign that the manager was preparing to leave.
However The Telegraph report that Mourinho has in fact been keen to talk about extending his stay, and the club have been co-operative. The club have a one-year option over the current deal with is due to expire in 2019 but there is no suggestion how long the extension may last.
Mourinho’s two spells at Chelsea ended acrimoniously; the writing was on the wall when Roman Abramovich insisted Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack signed for the club in 2006, while there were huge political battles at Stamford Bridge at the start of 15/16 season which resulted in high-profile players’ performance levels dropping drastically, with some supporters calling Hazard, Fabregas and Costa ‘rats’.
Mourinho was also involved in a huge political row at Real Madrid as he tried to evolve the side but Iker Casillas won that battle, even if he soon departed himself afterwards.